TORONTO - Canada's victory at the world junior hockey championship was golden for TSN.
The Canadians' 5-1 win over Sweden in Monday night's final made ratings history for the network as its most-watched broadcast of all time. The game attracted 3.7 million viewers, surpassing the previous high of 3.5 million who watched the gold-medal game at the 2003 world junior championships in Halifax.
The 2009 final was the most-watched program ever on a Canadian specialty channel and the most-watched program across all Canadian television this broadcast season.
Audience levels peaked at 4.7 million viewers at 9:58 p.m. ET as the Canadian players celebrated their fifth consecutive victory in the tournament.
RDS also had a record audience for the gold-medal game with 602,000 viewers, boosting the total of TSN and RDS viewership to a record 4.3 million.
The game was watched in whole or in part by 9.3 million Canadians, or close to 30 per cent of the country's population.
The 2009 world junior tournament in Ottawa has been the most successful tournament ever for TSN. The network averaged 1.7 million viewers over Canada's six games, surpassing the previous high of 1.6 million for the 2006 world juniors in Vancouver.