Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 1-6, 2014

The NHL dominated the sports ratings this week…duh (logo via Wikimedia)

Nine of the top ten games of the week were NHL matches, with the Canadiens’ games in particular pulling in astronomical numbers. The Canadiens vs. Bruins game on Tuesday topped over three million viewers. Those are huge numbers. Typically only new episodes of the Big Bang Theory hit those heights and not much else. That game and their game on the first of the month both topped their previous high of 2,825,000 set by their game with the Lighting on April 20.

The Raptors also reached new heights with Sunday’s game against the Nets with 902,000 tuning in but they were still no match for the Rangers vs. Penguins’ game over on CBC that night which bested it by a good 700,000 or so.

The Jays weren’t so lucky as the Raptors and the Canadiens. Their high this week of 543,000 fell below last week’s high of 553,000 for their game against the Red Sox. Keep in mind that the numbers for the Jays at the Royals game on Thursday and their games against the Phillies on both Monday and Tuesday are curiously missing. I don’t know if they just simply were not aired or if their ratings were so dire that they didn’t even make it onto the list of top 17 games of the week, but you might want to keep that in mind.  At least the Jays game on Sportsnet One did better this Friday than it did last week with over 100,000 more tuning in.

Check out the charts below to see the games broken down by night and the top ten list as well. Hit up  Yahoo! Sports at the source link below to see the week’s top 17 matches.

Top games for Thursday, May 1, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC 2,957,000
Top games for Friday, May 2, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 6 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC 1,288,000
2 10 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN 767,000
3 11 Raptors at the Nets (NBA) TSN 703,000
4 15 Jays at the Pirates (MLB) Sportsnet One 309,000
5 17 North Bay at Guelph (CHL) Sportsnet 117,000
Top games for Saturday, May 3, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 3 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC 2,065,000
2 7 Kings at the Ducks (NHL) TSN 1,114,000
3 12 Jays at the Pirates (MLB) Sportsnet 543,000
4 14 Kentucky Derby (Horse Racing) TSN 330,000
5 16 Sunderland at Manchester United (EPL) Sportsnet 148,000
Top games for Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 4 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC 1,687,000
2 8 Nets at the Raptors (NBA) TSN 902,000
3 9 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN 773,000
4 13 Jays at the Pirates (MLB) Sportsnet 418,000
Top games for Monday, May 5, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Game Network Total viewers
1 5 Penguins at the Rangers (NHL) CBC 1,576,000
Top games for Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC 3,049,000
 
Top Ten Games of the Week
Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC Tuesday 3,049,000
2 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC Thursday 2,957,000
3 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC Saturday 2,065,000
4 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC Sunday 1,687,000
5 Penguins at the Rangers (NHL) CBC Monday 1,576,000
6 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC Friday 1,288,000
7 Kings at the Ducks (NHL) TSN Saturday 1,114,000
8 Nets at the Raptors (NBA) TSN Sunday 902,000
9 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN Sunday 773,000
10 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN Friday 767,000
The numbers above are BBM’s overnight ratings for sports events on english-language Canadian TV. If these games were also broadcast on an American network available in Canada, those numbers are not included.
 
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