@TSN_Sports • (December 22, 2015)- When TSN kicks off 2016 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP on Boxing Day, it will mark the network’s final championship event of the year.
Over the past 12 months, TSN’s five feeds brought Canadians more than 60 championship events spanning hockey, soccer, curling, football, tennis, basketball, golf, auto racing, and more.
“TSN is proud to be the home of more championships than any other network in Canada,” said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. “More importantly, we are incredibly proud to deliver substantial value for our subscribers. With our recent acquisitions of THE MASTERS and ATP World Tour events, we look forward to bringing Canadian sports fans even more championship moments in 2016.”
Here is a selection of highlights from the 60+ championship moments seen on TSN in 2015:
2015 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Canada wins gold on home ice in a thrilling 5-4 final over rival Russia.
Ratings story: Canada’s epic World Juniors gold medal win becomes the most-watched broadcast ever on specialty television in Canada with a record-breaking average audience of 7 million viewers on TSN and RDS.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Ohio State defeats Oregon 42-20, winning the first-ever national championship under the new College Football Playoff format.
Ratings story: Audiences for the 2014-15 College Football post-season were up 74% compared to the previous year, highlighted by the ROSE BOWL becoming the most-watched college football game ever with 698,000 viewers.
PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME: Team Jacobs and Team Homan are crowned men’s and women’s champions in TSN’s annual fan-favourite event.
Ratings story: Audiences were up 40% compared to last year’s TSN skins game in Banff.
2015 SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS: Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones wins a thrilling 6-5 victory over Alberta’s Val Sweeting in the national championship final.
Ratings story: Going head-to-head against THE OSCARS® on CTV, a record 1.05 million viewers watched the final draw – up 15% compared to 2014.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in the men’s final a day after Serena Williams’ victory over Maria Sharapova in the women’s final.
Ratings story: The total average audience for the first Grand Slam of 2015 was up 24% compared to the previous year.
HORTONS BRIER: Pat Simmons and Team Canada win a dramatic 6-5 victory over Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs and his Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games gold medal-winning team.
Ratings story: Audiences were up 40% compared to last year and marked the highest-rated BRIER final since 2011.
NCAA® MARCH MADNESS®: The highly anticipated tournament culminates with Duke defeating Wisconsin 68-63.
Ratings story: TSN’s multi-feed coverage netted record audiences, with the Final and Final Four ranking as the two most-watched NCAA® basketball games on record. Overall, audiences for the tournament were up 24% compared to last year’s tournament.
IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: A star-studded Team Canada caps off their unbeaten run with a gold medal, securing a decisive 6-1 victory over Russia.
Ratings story: A record-breaking average audience of more than 1.5 million viewers on TSN and RDS makes the 2015 final the most-watched gold medal game in tournament history.
NBA FINALS: Steph Curry leads the Golden State Warriors over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to capture the Warriors’ first title in 40 years.
FRENCH OPEN: Serena Williams wins her second Grand Slam title of 2015, while Stan Wawrinka defies the odds to beat Novak Djokovic in a stunning four-set victory.
BELMONT STAKES: Jockey Victor Espinoza and American Pharoah win the historic Triple Crown for the first time in 37 years, and would go on to complete the sport’s first-ever Grand Slam with a victory at the Breeders’ Cup
U.S. OPEN: Jordan Spieth defeats Dustin Johnson with a birdie on his final hole to become only the sixth player to win THE MASTERS and U.S. OPEN in the same year.
Ratings story: U.S. OPEN audiences on TSN were up 64% compared to 2014.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™: The United States cap off their dominant tournament performance with a 5-2 win over Japan in the final.
Ratings story: The tournament broke multiple all-time audience records on CTV, TSN, and RDS, wrapping up as the most-watched FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ ever.
QUEEN’S PLATE: Jockey Rafael Hernandez and Shaman Ghost win the prestigious 156th running of the QUEEN’S PLATE.
WIMBLEDON: Serena Williams captures her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament of 2015 and sets her sights on winning all four Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year, a feat no player has achieved since Steffi Graf in 1988.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Zach Johnson leaves his mark on the golf world to win the 144th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP at the famed Old Course at St. Andrews.
2015 FIBA AMERICAS WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Team Canada clinches an Olympic berth and a trip to Rio as they crush Cuba 82-66 in the final to take home the gold medal.
Ratings story: The tournament wrapped up as the most-watched ever, attracting an average audience five times larger than the last tournament.
US OPEN: Flavia Pennetta defeats Roberta Vinci – who upset Serena Williams in the semifinals to end the ‘Serena Slam’ – in the women’s final, and immediately announces she will retire at the end of the season. Novak Djokovic overcomes Roger Federer with a four-set victory in the men’s final for his third Grand Slam title of 2015.
2015 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP: After defeating Canada in nail-biting 79-78 semifinal, Venezuela defeats Argentina 76-71 to win the championship for the first time ever and directly qualify for the men’s tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Ratings story: The tournament wrapped up as the most-watched FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP ever, attracting an average audience nearly triple that of the previous tournament.
FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton clinches his second consecutive championship at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Ratings story: Audiences for F1 on TSN jumped 39% compared to 2014.
PRESIDENT’S CUP: Jay Haas captains the United States to a sixth consecutive championship with a thrilling 15½-14½ victory over the International team in Incheon, South Korea.
GRAND FINAL: The Hawthorn Hawks defeat the West Coast Eagles for a historic three-peat as Aussie Rules champions.
Ratings story: Audiences for the AFL GRAND FINAL were up 10% compared to 2014.
RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015: The New Zealand All Blacks make history with their second consecutive championship following a 34-17 win against rivals Australia.
Ratings story: Audiences for the RUGBY WORLD CUP were up 169% compared to the previous tournament in 2011.
103rd GREY CUP: The Edmonton Eskimos clinch the CFL championship with a comeback victory over the Ottawa Redblacks.
Ratings story: Audiences were up 6% compared to 2014, with nearly 10 million Canadians watching some part of the game on TSN and RDS.
NASCAR: Kyle Busch caps his emotional comeback from injury to capture his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in a dramatic season-ending race, while Chris Buescher captures the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.
CUP: The Portland Timbers are crowned MLS CUP champions following a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew, winning their first title in franchise history and securing a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League.
TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN’s roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada events, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
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