The numbers are in from CBC’s live broadcast of The Tragically Hip concert in the iconic band’s hometown of Kingston Saturday.
During the nearly three-hour broadcast, an average of just over four-million connections were made via TV or online for the entire concert.
According to numbers from polling company Numeris, the CBC says 11.7-million Canadians tuned in on television, radio, or online at some point during the night.
It was expected to be the Hip’s last concert after frontman Gord Downie revealed earlier this year that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The show in Kingston concluded their Man Machine Poem tour that began in Victoria on July 22nd.
While the show was underway, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder offered a moving tribute at a concert in Chicago.
“There’s something going on up north of the border tonight, and it involves somebody who we consider a family member just ’cause he’s part of the group of touring musicians that we’ve met over the years,” Vedder told a sold-out crowd.
Vedder said he met Downie, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, and spent a few days with him while making a recording.
“He was very courageous and decided to take his group out on one last tour and tonight’s the last night of that run … I just want to send them our energy from our gathering up to their gathering up there, and wish the best to Mr. Gord Downie. We love you.”
Vedder’s comments reflect many Hip fan’s feelings, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also attended the show.
With files from Rebecca Joseph, Global News.