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CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA DRAWS LARGEST AUDIENCE OF THE SEASON WITH SATURDAY'S BROADCAST

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens game garners an
average audience of more than 2.5 million Canadians

Saturday night's broadcast of the Original Six match-up between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew the largest audience of the season with an average of 2.51 million viewers. The March 3 audience represents the largest number of viewers for a regular season game on CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA since November 20, 2010 when another Leafs/Canadiens matchup reached 2.54 million.

Ratings data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) show the game reached nearly 7.4 million viewers, or one in five Canadians. Audience numbers peaked at 9:34 pm ET with an audience of 3.37 million.

The classic battle featuring one of the NHL's fiercest rivalries was also the first game for the Leafs under new head coach, Randy Carlyle. Carlyle replaced former bench boss Ron Wilson who was relieved of his duties on March 2.

Strong viewership continued across the country as Saturday's night's late game featured the Buffalo Sabres visiting the Vancouver Canucks and garnered an average audience of 1.17 million.

(Source: BBM Canada, Total Canada, Preliminary Overnights, Ind.2+, 2011)

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