Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: August 4-6, 2014

The Blue Jays ratings perked up this week (logo via Wikimedia)

This week’s ratings came out a bit later than usual due to the Civic Holiday, but I have some good news to make up for it for all you sports fans. I’ll be giving sports ratings more priority on the site, so you should see them up within hours opposed to days in the coming weeks. For more info, check out this post I wrote earlier.

Anyway, this week, in a completely random turn of events, the Jays pulled in numbers comparable to last weekend’s top CFL games, and vice versa.

This weekend’s top match was Sportsnet’s Blue Jays at the Astros, which pulled in 832,000 on Friday, just shy of last weekend’s top game, the Bombers at the Lions, which had 857,000 viewers.

This weekend’s second most watched match was also another Jays/Astros Sportsnet game—only this time it was Saturday’s game. That match had a viewership of 724,000, which was still higher than last weekend’s top Jays game. If you’re wondering, that was their game on Friday, July 25th against the Yankees, which pulled in 651,000 on Sportsnet.

Comparatively, the top two CFL games this weekend were Friday’s Lions/Stampeders match (656,000) on Friday and Saturday’s Roughriders/RedBlacks game (516,000).

Elsewhere on the charts, you may notice that golf is doing particularly well when compared to previous weeks—Sunday’s final round in particular with 430,000 tuning in on Global.

For the Bills, Major League Soccer, the Commonwealth Games and the Citi Open ratings, check out the source link below. 

Top games for Friday, August 4, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Blue Jays at the Astros (MLB) Sportsnet 832,000
2 3 Lions at the Stampeders (CFL) TSN 656,000
3 6 Argonauts at the Alouettes (CFL) TSN 514,000

Top games for Saturday, August 5, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Blue Jays at the Astros (MLB) Sportsnet 724,000
2 5 Roughriders at the RedBlacks (CFL) TSN 516,000
3 9 Bridgestone Invitational, third round (WGC) Global 256,000

Top games for Sunday, August 6, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 4 Blue Jays at the Astros (MLB) Sportsnet 528,000
2 7 Bridgestone Invitational, final round (WGC) Global 430,000
3 8 Sprint Cup (NASCAR) TSN 288,000

The numbers above are Numeris’ 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.

Source: Yahoo! Sports Canada/Numeris (formerly BBM Canada)