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The highest number of viewers for a single game was set by Sportsnet

Published May 7, 2024 at 4:57 PM

The recent clash between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins not only intensified the NHL playoffs but also set a monumental viewership record.

According to Sportsnet, the gripping game 7 on Saturday night attracted nearly 12 million viewers, becoming the most-watched NHL game since Sportsnet secured broadcasting rights. An impressive average of over 5 million viewers tuned in, marking a significant moment in hockey history.

This historic match, which saw nearly 30% of Canada's population watching, ended in a dramatic fashion with the Bruins staging a late comeback and David Pastrnak delivering a spectacular overtime goal to seal the series.

The game was a showcase of intense, tight-checking hockey that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very end.

As the dust settles on the Leafs-Bruins saga, the spotlight now shifts to the upcoming series between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. This all-Canadian matchup promises to deliver its own drama and possibly surpass the viewership records set by its predecessors.

The series, set to begin this Wednesday at 8:00MT in Vancouver, is highly anticipated, with fans eager to see if it can match the intensity and excitement of the Leafs and Bruins encounter.

While the Oilers and Canucks prepare to take center stage, questions linger about the potential impact of late start times on national viewership. The NHL is considering scheduling adjustments, including the possibility of a day game for the Oilers, aiming to maximize audience reach.

This upcoming series not only continues the excitement of the playoffs but also carries the potential to write a new chapter in NHL viewership history. Whether it can outdo the Leafs-Bruins spectacle remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: hockey fans are in for a thrilling ride.
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The highest number of viewers for a single game was set by Sportsnet

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