VANCOUVER, B.C. — More Canadians watched Jennifer Heil win Canada's first medal at the Vancouver Olympics than the Super Bowl, according to CTV.
The host broadcaster said Saturday night's ladies moguls final at Whistler Mountain averaged 6.6 million viewers, with the audience peaking at eight million in the final minute.
The New Orleans Saint's Super Bowl win over Indianapolis earlier this month drew an audience of 6,017,000 on CTV.
The women's 3,000-metre relay semifinal in speedskating drew an average of 5.4 million over several consortium channels, CTV said.
Ski jumping, the first medal event of the Games, drew an average audience of 5.1 million Saturday morning. The Canada-Slovakia women's hockey game drew 2.5 million
CTV said 27 million Canadians - or some 80 per cent of the country - "watched some part" of the consortium coverage Saturday, up from the Day 1.
The Olympics are being broadcast by CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, and Rogers Media, a unit of cable TV, cellphone and media giant Rogers Communications Inc.
The two partners won the Vancouver Games TV rights in Canada by paying US$93 million, outbidding the CBC, which had broadcast the five previous Olympics.
In the United States, NBC paid US$820 million for the U.S broadcast rights.
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