CBC to re­broad­cast Hip’s home­town con­cert

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

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.

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