Name a regular season game in recent memory that would have higher TV ratings. Don't worry, I'll wait......still waiting....
TO is the biggest eastern market, Van is the biggest western market. It's 2013, people have cable on their cell phones! There's canucks fans in AFGHANSTAN!
So...thanks for your worthless contribution to this thread, now BEAT IT!
Toronto population = 2.6 million
Vancouver population = 0.6 million
NYC population = 8.2 million
If all the people in Toronto and Vancouver watched the game, it would be 3.2 million views.
If a little over a third of New Yorkers watched the game, it would match that number. Now add another American city with a big population and fairly well-known fanbase with a bit of a rivalry (Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, etc). Do all the math you want, but if you're forgetting the numbers, there's no point in doing it.
Canada has a higher percentage of hockey fans per population, and although American cities have lower percentage of hockey fans in their population, they have so many more people.
Also, put them in a Winter Classic. Guaranteed most hockey fans that aren't even a fan of the two teams would watch it. So there's no way a VAN-TO showdown would be the most watched game.
2011 Winter Classic had 4.6 million viewers - and that's just the number from NBC. Add Canadian views from CBC and that numbers got to be upwards of 5-6 million.
Edited by Dasein, 09 January 2013 - 08:18 PM.