Multiple audience records were broken during Hockey Night in Canada's weekend broadcast.
Saturday night's HNIC game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators set a mark of 2.359 million viewers — nine percent more than last year's record.
The game had a total TV audience share of 31.3 per cent and reached more than 7.55 million Canadians according to data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM). The Calgary Flames hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins later that night, reaching more than five million, with a share of 17.5 per cent.
The anticipated Winnipeg Jets home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday finished with an average audience of almost two million.
The season started last Thursday with the NHL Face-Off pre-game show, drawing an average of nearly a million viewers, marking a 66 per cent increase compared to last season.
The first game of the 2011-12 season between Maple Leafs and Canadiens was also a record-setter, with 1.935 million watching over last year's 1.923 million.