CBC to rebroadcast Hip’s hometown concert
The Tragically Hip’s momentous final show of last year’s “Man Machine Poem” tour is getting an encore broadcast on CBC-TV next month. The national broadcaster says it plans to reair “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration’’ commercial-free on June 24. Running nearly three hours, the Kingston, Ont., concert last August featured the band performing its biggest hits to a sold-out hometown crowd. It was widely believed to the Hip’s final show as lead singer Gord Downie battles terminal brain cancer. The show also proved a ratings boon for the network. It drew an average of 4.04 million viewers, making it the CBC’s most popular broadcast last year. It also ranked among the most-watched events across all of the Canadian networks. Viewership came in behind only the 2016 Super Bowl and Academy Awards telecasts, according to data supplied by ratings agency Numeris.