TSN Scores its Highest Audience Ever for First Round Coverage of STANLEY CUP(R) PLAYOFFS



    
    - Conference quarter-final playoff audience up 42% compared to last year
    on TSN -
    

    TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - TSN's live coverage of the First Round of the
2009 STANLEY CUP(R) PLAYOFFS a delivered record audience, as fans tuned in to
four exciting series during the Conference quarter-finals.
    Preliminary overnight data confirms TSN's First Round playoff coverage
attracted a national average audience of 567,000 viewers, marking a 42%
increase compared to last year (399,000). The audience surpassed TSN's
previous high of 440,000 viewers achieved during the First Round of the 1992
STANLEY CUP(R) PLAYOFFS, making it the most successful Conference
quarter-finals ever on TSN.
    TSN's coverage of the Conference quarter-finals featured the Chicago
Blackhawks defeating the Calgary Flames in six games, and both the
Washington/NY Rangers series and New Jersey/Carolina series going to a pivotal
Game 7, with the Capitals and Hurricanes moving on to the Second Round. TSN
also featured the defending Stanley Cup(R) Champion Detroit Red Wings sweeping
the Columbus Blue Jackets in four games.
    TSN's ongoing NHL playoff coverage continues with exclusive Canadian
coverage of all games from the Eastern Conference semifinal series featuring
Boston vs. Carolina and the Western Conference semifinal series featuring
Detroit vs. Anaheim. Coverage gets underway on Friday, May 1 with Game 1:
Carolina @ Boston at 7 p.m. ET on TSN and Game 1: Anaheim @ Detroit at 7 p.m.
ET on TSN2.
    TSN has coverage of the first three rounds of the STANLEY CUP(R)
PLAYOFFS.

    Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and
London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN, a division of CTVglobemedia, is
Canada's Sports Leader. Setting the Canadian sports broadcasting standard, TSN
was voted the No. 1 source for sports coverage and news by sports fans across
the country.(xx) TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features SportsCentre,
the NHL and first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; International
Hockey including the IIHF World Junior Championship; the Olympic Games through
2012; all CFL games including the Grey Cup; NFL including Sunday and Monday
Night Football; PGA TOUR and all four golf Majors; Blue Jays baseball; Raptors
basketball and the NBA Finals; Season of Champions Curling; Auto Racing
including NASCAR, Formula One and IRL; Tennis and all four Grand Slam events;
UEFA Champions League Soccer; and HBO World Championship boxing. TSN HD offers
more sports coverage, more hours and more events in High Definition than any
other network in Canada. TSN is available in 9 million households. TSN's
programming and news content is also available online at TSN.ca and on TSN
MOBILE - the portable version of TSN's industry-leading sports website.

    
    (*)  All figures courtesy BBM Neilsen Media Research and exclude pre- and
         post-game
    (xx) 2007/2008 Roper Reports Canada
    





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For further information: Greg McIsaac, (w) (416) 384-5180, (c) (416)
458-3591, greg.mcisaac@ctv.ca; Chobi Liang, (w) (416) 384-7584, (c) (416)
859-4738, chobi.liang@ctv.ca; Simon Bassett, (w) (416) 384-7599,
simon.bassett@ctv.ca


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