TSN drew 1.143 million viewers for its world junior hockey championship opener on Friday, an 8-1 win by Canada over the Czech Republic.
In the Toronto market, the junior game crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs-New York Islanders regional telecast on Sportsnet, which drew only 186,000 viewers. On most nights, a regional Leafs telecast will pull in close to 400,000.
On Sunday afternoon, a tough time slot given the wrap-up of the NFL regular season, 688,000 watched Canada thump Kazakhstan 15-0.
Canada, the defending champion, gets its first real test tonight against the United States.