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Free Agent Frenzy TV Ratings

It’s a fact that Canada is crazy for hockey.  Ratings for Friday’s TSN2 Free Agent Frenzy broadcast helps prove that fact. According to ratings service BBM Canada, the broadcast averaged 215,000 viewers which is quite impressive when you consider it occurs on a holiday and the broadcast isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to watch.  The numbers also show that 1.2 million unique viewers watched the telecast at some point. The show peaked at 3:26 EST with 349,000 viewers. For comparison, the NHL Draft and the NHL Awards on Versus garnered average viewership that barely beats TSN2’s for Free Agent Frenzy.  TSN2’s coverage was up an impressive 82% from last year’s telecast.

In addition, TSN announced some stats for their website.  TSN.ca had 500,000 video views on Friday with 70,000 watching the live stream of Free Agent Frenzy and another 90,000 participating in the live chat and live blog coverage.  There are no ratings available for the NHL Network in the United States as they are not rated by the Nielsen ratings service.

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Free Agent Frenzy TV Review

It’s not easy speculating and pontificating for hours.  Yet, TSN does it every Canada Day with it’s Free Agent Frenzy.  Like Deadline Day, July 1 has become a TV event all in itself.  This season, coverage aired in Canada on TSN2, while the NHL Network aired it in the United States.  It was also streamed online.

This year was all about panels.  Lots and lots of panels.  TSN usually has multiple panels just because of the fact that they need to fill plenty of air time.  This year might’ve taken the cake.  TSN’s main crew was made up of James Duthie, Darren Pang, Mike Johnson and Pierre McGuire.  Then you had the insiders, Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger at their usual location with Gord Miller.  The Reporters are always there too with the curmudgeonly Dave Hodge.  This time around, Hodge was joined by Dave Naylor, Eric Duhatschek and Steve Simmons.  As if this wasn’t enough, there was a fourth group of panels.  This one was helmed by That’s Hockey 2nite host Steve Kouleas with Craig Button and Michael Peca at his side.  That’s plenty of people to talk for hours.  But, even that wasn’t enough.  TSN also had reporters stationed with every Canadian NHL team.  And to top it off That’s Hockey host Gino Reda was staking out the headquarters of Newport Sports, the agents of top free agent Brad Richards.

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Canada Day

While July 1 is Free Agent Frenzy Day, more importantly, it is also Canada Day. I’d like to wish all of our readers a Happy Canada Day. On that note, here’s a great version of O Canada by the Vancouver Canucks’ own Mark Donnelly.