CBC draws 8.7M viewers for Olympic hockey gold

Toronto, - The television ratings for Sunday's Olympic hockey game between Canada and the United States turned out to be pure gold for the CBC.

After the numbers were tallied Monday, CBC announced that 8.7 million people watched the game that led to Canada's first men's hockey victory in half a century.

The number of viewers peaked at 10.6 million, said Slawko Klymkiw, CBC's chief programmer.

CBC's ratings escalated steadily throughout the Games as competition came down to the crunch and the unscheduled controversies -- the skating vote, Wayne Gretzky's tantrum and the doping scandal -- escalated.

The Games opening ceremony netted 2.9 million viewers, climbing to 3.9 million for the Jamie Sale and David Pelletier skate, and for the Canada-Czech Republic men's game last Monday.

The Wednesday men's quarter final between Canada and Finland brought in 4.6 million pairs of eyeballs, peaking at a record 5.2 million.

Then it was the women's turn. Their gold medal game against the U.S. drew 4.54 million, peaking at 6.2 million, with 5.2 million watching the women's medal ceremony.

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