Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: August 8-10, 2014

It wasn’t a great weekend for sports to say the least. This weekend’s top game was a Tigers/Jays match and with only 753,000 tuning in that was substantially down from last weekend’s top match a Jays/Astro game that had a viewership of 832,000.

The CFL didn’t pull in as impressive numbers last weekend when compared to when the season started. I suppose that should be expected, but the numbers are continuing to head in the wrong direction. This weekend’s top CFL match was a Tiger-Cats/Lions game on Friday. That match had 576,000 viewers compared to last weekend’s top CFL match, a Lions/Stampeders game, with a viewership of 656,000.

Perhaps the biggest shock was the astonishingly low numbers for the Rogers Cup, where star players Roger Federer, Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard hit the courts. The quarterfinals on Friday drew an anemic 91,000 on Sportsnet 360. You could argue that was mainly due to it airing on Sportsnet 360, however the finals aired on the CBC and only drew 178,000.

To see how the Rogers Cup semifinals did on the CBC and how the Canada/Finland Women’s under-20 World Cup game did on Friday, check out Yahoo! Sports at the source link below.


Top games for Friday, August 8, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Tigers at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 671,000
2 4 Tiger-Cats at the Lions (CFL) TSN 576,000
3 6 Eskimos at the Alouettes (CFL) TSN 454,000

Top games for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 3 Tigers at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 584,000
2 5 RedBlacks at the Stampeders (CFL) TSN 484,000
3 9 PGA Championship, third round (PGA) TSN 288,000

Top games for Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Tigers at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 753,000
2 8 PGA Championship, final round (PGA) TSN 375,000
3 12 Sporting KC at the Whitecaps (MLS) TSN 208,000

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)

(Featured image via CBC Media Centre)

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