Skip to main content

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby draws 1.2 million viewers to CBC

TORONTO - Sidney Crosby's return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup drew an average audience of 1.2 million viewers to CBC on Monday night.

The network announced Tuesday that viewership spiked at 1.55 million after Crosby opened the scoring against the New York Islanders early in the first period.

In all, 5.7 million Canadians watched part of the broadcast.

Crosby finished with four points in his first NHL game since Jan. 5.

The viewership numbers were less than the CBC drew on Saturday for its early games on "Hockey Night in Canada." Last weekend, the Toronto-Washington and Montreal-New York Rangers games averaged 2.07 million in the 7 p.m. ET time slot.

CBC made a late decision to televise Monday's Islanders-Penguins game after Crosby announced Sunday he would be returning.

TOP HEADLINES

USATSI_14038623
Play

NHL Coaching Carousel Continues in New York, Vegas

Adam Proteau analyzes the coaching changes with the New York Islanders and Vegas Golden Knights and how the pressure to win has never been tougher.

2022 IIHF World Championship
Play

Men's World Championship Roundup: Canada, Germany, Finland, Latvia Prevail

The new week action began with Canada and Finland remaining perfect, while Germany and Latvia came out ahead in their matchups in the fourth day of the World Championship.

USATSI_18159819

Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Who Will Prevail in Round 2

The second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us, and Adam Proteau shares his thoughts on the four exciting matchups.