Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 9-12, 2014

Surprise! The PGA Tour made it onto the list of the top ten games this week (logo via Wikimedia)

The Canadiens’ ratings keep soaring to new heights. Both Monday’s and Saturday’s games bested last week’s high of 3,049,000 with Monday’s Bruins at the Canadiens game pulling in 3,670,000 and Saturday’s Canadiens at the Bruins’ game attracting 3,073,000 viewers.

The same can’t be said about the other NHL playoff matches though as they all fell compared to last week’s numbers. The Rangers at the Penguins game on Sunday the 4th drew 1,687,000 viewers; however only 1,480,000 tuned into the Penguins at the Rangers game on Sunday the 11th. Likewise, the Ducks at the Kings game only had a viewership of 776,000 on Saturday the 7th but last week’s game on Saturday the 3rd brought in 1,114,000. The Wild/Blackhawks matches saw a similar drop. 153,000 fewer people tuned into their match this week Sunday compared to their match last week Sunday.

The drop in the NHL playoff numbers, one less Canadiens game this week opposed to last week and the Raptors’ elimination from the NBA playoffs, all made it possible for two Jays games and the final round of the Players Championship (yup, golf) to make the list of top ten games for the week. In fact, the Friday Jays game on Sportsnet One just was shy of cracking the top ten placing 11th for the week. It seems like more people are either a. subscribing to Sportsnet One or b. found out where it was hiding on the dial as 26,000 more people tuned in this week.

I have the top ten games this week below, but for the full list of the most watched games on English TV check out the source link. It’s quite diverse this week with auto racing, UFC matches and soccer from the other side of the pond making the list.

Top games for Friday, May 9, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 4 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC 1,310,000
2 6 Blackhawks at the Wild (NHL) TSN 726,000
3 11 Angels at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet One 335,000
Top games for Saturday, May 10, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 2 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC 3,073,000
2 5 Ducks at the Kings (NHL) TSN 776,000
3 9 Angels at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 393,000
4 12 Canada vs. Slovakia (IIHF) TSN 301,000
5 13 Players Championship, third round (PGA) Global 267,000
Top games for Sunday, May 11, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Total viewers
1 3 Penguins at the Rangers (NHL) CBC 1,480,000
2 7 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN 620,000
3 8 Angels at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 409,000
4 10 Players Championship, final round (PGA) Sportsnet 344,000
5 14 Spanish Grand Prix (F1) TSN 183,000
Top games for Monday, May 12, 2014
Rank for day Rank for week Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Bruins at the Canadiens (NHL) CBC 3,670,000
 
Top Ten Games of the Week
Rank Show Network Day Viewers
1 Bruins at the Canadiens (NHL) CBC Monday 3,670,000
2 Canadiens at the Bruins (NHL) CBC Saturday 3,073,000
3 Penguins at the Rangers (NHL) CBC Sunday 1,480,000
4 Rangers at the Penguins (NHL) CBC Friday 1,310,000
5 Ducks at the Kings (NHL) TSN Saturday 776,000
6 Blackhawks at the Wild (NHL) TSN Friday 726,000
7 Wild at the Blackhawks (NHL) TSN Sunday 620,000
8 Angels at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet Sunday 409,000
9 Angels at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet Saturday 393,000
10 Players Championship, final round (PGA) Global Sunday 344,000

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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