Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: August 29-September 1, 2014

(Image via Bell Media)

Just looking at the logos for the TSN feeds is enough to make me feel overwhelmed (image via Bell Media)

TSN’s new feeds went live for the first time this week, but if you were to look at the ratings, I doubt you’d be able to notice. They failed to distinguish what games aired on what TSN feed, choosing to credit the TSN feeds as simply TSN.

It’s particularly frustrating when it comes to things like the English Premier League Football matches as they were just listed as “EPL various games” on TSN.

If the new TSN feeds weren’t confusing enough, coverage from TSN’s French-language sister network RDS was also mixed into the US Open numbers.

As far as I can tell, Numeris always kept the English and French language ratings separate, so this sudden move is curious.

It’s almost as if someone snuck into Numeris and is trying to do as much as possible to get the ratings to weigh on TSN’s side. The new feeds and including RDS’ numbers with TSN’s coverage seems like a desperate attempt to make it appear like they’re doing well in the ratings.

However, even if you try to forget TSN’s new feeds and the RDS coverage are in consideration, the numbers don’t look that much different from before. This weekend’s top game (the Blue Bombers at the Roughriders) drew 1,144,000 on TSN. That’s only 118,000 more than last weekend’s most watched game, a Roughriders/Lions match.

It may have made a difference with the US Open (which was one of the events TSN was hyping the new feeds for) as the top match (Bouchard vs. Makarova) drew 755,000 on TSN and RDS. Comparatively, the Rogers Cup was drawing as low as 91,000 just a few weeks ago on Sportsnet 360. However, I suppose you could argue that’s a whole other ball gameliterally.

To see Yahoo! Sports take on this weekend’s ratings, visit them at the source link below.

Top games for Friday, August 29, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 6 Yankees at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 579,000
2 8 RedBlacks at the Alouettes (CFL) Sportsnet 485,000

Top games for Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 7 Yankees at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 576,000
2 12 177 Preliminaries (UFC) Sportsnet 360 137,000
3 14 Various (EPL) TSN 107,000

Top games for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Blue Bombers at the Roughriders (CFL) TSN 1,144,000
2 5 Yankees at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 594,000
3 10 Sprint Cup (NASCAR) TSN 244,000

Top games for Monday, September 1, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Eskimos at the Stampeders (CFL) TSN 885,000
2 3 Argonauts at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN 796,000
3 4 Bouchard vs. Makarova (US Open) TSN/RDS 755,000

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)