All-Star Game attracted record TV numbers

If you took in any part of the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend, you already know this, but it was a huge success at both the box office and on TV.
A total of 29,289 people attended the Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention Center and thousands gathered on the watery Rideau Canal to see the procession of NHL trophies and the junior skills competition.
Both the skills competition and the game itself were, of course, sold-out, and NHL Network delivered 16.5 hours of live on-site coverage, featuring interviews with more than 35 all-stars.
Overall, 17.7 million North American viewers watched all or part of an All-Star Weekend event – the draft, media day, the skills competition, or the game – on CBC, NBC Sports Network, RDS or TSN.
The draft delivered an average audience of 1.6 million viewers in Canada (TSN: 1.34 million; RDS: 254,000).
Overall, 3.7 million unique viewers tuned in for some or all of the draft on TSN and RDS.
CBC earned the highest rating for an All-Star Game and skills competition since metered audience measurement began in 1989-90.
Overall, 10.2 million Canadians tuned in to some part of CBC’s coverage of the All-Star Weekend.
The game itself on CBC drew an average audience of 2.461 million viewers, breaking the previous record of 2.389 million viewers set last year.
In total, more than 7.3 million people took in some or all of the game.
CBC’s broadcast of the skills competition also set a record, drawing an audience of 2.468 million.
More than 6.9 million people, or one in five Canadians, saw at least part of the competition.
NBC’s broadcast of the game delivered more than 1.3 million average viewers and the skills competition delivered 1.1 million average viewers, making each the second most-watched All-Star Game and skills competition in the United States since 2004.

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