We’re about at the halfway point of the Winter Olympics. I’d have to say for the most part, they have been fun to watch, especially the feeds I have found from either the BBC or CTV. I won’t say how or where they are, but suffice to say I’ve been able to watch live coverage when NBC won’t provide it so I’ve been getting my Olympics fix.
CTV has your schedule for Friday.
Day 8 Highlights: Skeleton Racers Hollingsworth, Montgomery and Pain Dive in Head First For Gold , Friday, Feb.19
DAY 8 – SCHEDULED SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
OLYMPIC DAYTIME/JEUX OLYMPIQUES EN JOURNÉE
Alpine Skiing: Men’s Super-G – The ‘Canadian Cowboys’ head back to the hill to lasso a gold medal, as Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Erik Guay, Robbie Dixon and Jan Hudec take to the slopes (CTV, TSN, V, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca)
Curling: Men’s – With a perfect 3-0 record at the Games, Kevin Martin skips Team Canada against Denmark (TSN, RDS, APTN, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca)
OLYMPIC PRIME TIME/JEUX OLYMPIQUES AUX HEURES DE GRANDE ÉCOUTE
Skeleton: Men’s and Women’s – Mellisa Hollingsworth, Jon Montgomery and Jeff Pain take their final runs as they race for a spot on the podium (CTV, OLN, APTN, V, RIS Info Sports, ATN – Tamil, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca)
Figure Skating: Ice Dance – 2009 World bronze medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform their compulsory dance as Canada’s darling duo look to become the youngest Ice Dance gold medallists in the history of the Olympic Games (CTV, TSN, RDS, ATN – Punjabi, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca)
Curling: Women’s – Cheryl Bernard leads Team Canada against Denmark in its fourth curling match of the Games (Rogers Sportsnet, RDS, OMNI – Mandarin, CTVOlympics.ca, RDSolympiques.ca)
DAY 8 – ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
OLYMPIC MORNING – The hosts sit down with celebrated American swimmer Michael Phelps, eight-time gold medallist at Beijing 2008 and winner of 14 career Olympic Games gold medals.
LE RÉVEIL OLYMPIQUE – Former NHL head coach Michel Bergeron discusses Team Canada’s performance against Switzerland, and Kelly VanderBeek, a three-time World Cup medallist in alpine skiing, chats with host Claude Mailhot.
ETALK and FASHIONTELEVISION – Leah Miller chats with swimming guru Michael Phelps, fiddler-extraordinaire Ashley MacIsaac and Ghana ski team member Kwame ‘Snow Leopard’ Nkrumah-Acheampong. Lainey Lui gets the dirt from trainer Harley Pasternak about the A-list celebrities he has trained in Vancouver.
MOD LIVE @ THE BASE – Jenn Heil talks about her silver medal performance and Vancouver’s Marianas Trench performs for fans. Saturday’s Victory Ceremony concert features rockers Theory of a Deadman.
DIGITAL LOUNGE – A musical performance by Newfoundland native Sherman Downey is featured as well as more magical moments with Canadian medallists.
And CTV is happy over another night of success for Canadian athletes at the Games.
Vancouver 2010 Audience Day 6 Recap: 3.5 Million Watch Marianne St-Gelais Win Silver for Canada
- – 4.9 million watch Short Track Speed Skating –
– 2.9 million on CTV watch Maëlle Ricker awarded Canada’s second gold medal–
– 1.4 million watch Canadian women defeat Sweden in hockey on TSN –
– OLN triples prime time average with largest audience for the Games –
When Marianne St-Gelais won silver in the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies’ 500m final, 3.5 million Canadians were there cheering her along. Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms 1.8 million were watching on Rogers Sportsnet alone, while 948,000 watched on V/CPAC. After Day 6, overall engagement with Vancouver 2010 coverage has now reached 96% of the population – or 32.18 million Canadians, according to Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium’s CUME index.
Day 6 Average Audiences
OLYMPIC MORNING/LE RÉVEIL OLYMPIQUE 926,000
OLYMPIC DAYTIME/JEUX OLYMPIQUES EN JOURNÉE 2.97 million
OLYMPIC PRIME TIME/JEUX OLYMPIQUES AUX HEURES DE GRANDE ÉCOUTE 4.5 million
Additional Highlights – Television
- 79% of English-language teens (aged 12-17) watched Vancouver 2010 coverage yesterday on television.
- After five shows, more than one in three Canadians has now woken up to OLYMPIC MORNING on CTV alone, reaching nearly 14 million viewers.
- Wednesday’s most-watched event was the Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 5000m Relay Semifinals, which drew an audience of 4.9 million viewers at 6:30 p.m. PT.
- Maëlle Ricker was awarded Canada’s second gold medal as 2.9 million viewers on CTV alone – peaking at 3.3 million viewers – watched her medal presentation at last night’s Victory Ceremony.
- Short Track Speed Skating was a big hit on Sportsnet, with 1.8 million viewers for the Ladies’ 500m finals and 1.5 million for the Men’s 5000m Relay Semifinals.
- 1.4 million viewers watched Canada defeat Sweden 13-1 in Women’s Hockey on TSN.
- Men’s Halfpipe qualifications averaged 222,000 viewers on OLN, one of the channel’s most-watched broadcasts ever and three times its prime time average.
- JEUX OLYMPIQUES AUX HEURES DE GRANDE ÉCOUTE delivered 589,000 viewers for V/CPAC, RDS and RIS, while JEUX OLYMPIQUES EN JOURNÉE was watched by 376,000 viewers.
Additional Highlights – Online
- Total video views for CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca exceeded 10 million after Day 6.
- The Michael J. Fox ‘It’s Our Game’ feature saw nearly 17,000 views yesterday, largely driven by social media buzz.
- Visitors to both sites are becoming more engaged as daily video views per visitor and page views per visitor continued to increase on Day 6, compared to the previous day.
- Top Athlete Profiles visited are: #1 Johnny Weir; #2 Cheryl Bernard; #3 Kevin Martin; #4 Maëlle Ricker; #5 Lindsey Vonn.
- Last week’s Opening Ceremony is still resonating with visitors as it is the most-searched item on the sites.
- Tuesday’s CAN/NOR Men’s Hockey game was still being watched by Canadians one day later, as the game’s highlight reel was the most-watched video on CTVOlympics.ca Wednesday.
Top Five Television Events
Total Viewers Event Time (PT) Channels
1. 4.9 million Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 5000m Relay Semifinals 18:34 CTV, V/CPAC, Sportsnet, OMNI.2
2. 4.3 million Men’s Halfpipe Finals 19:17 CTV, V/CPAC, TSN, RDS
3. 3.5 million Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m Finals 19:08 CTV, V/CPAC, Sportsnet, OMNI.2
4. 2.4 million Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m Semifinals 18:12 CTV, V/CPAC, RDS, OMNI.2
5. 2.2 million Ladies’ Downhill 11:01 CTV, V/CPAC
I’ll give you NBC’s quotage from the games coming up.