Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 17-19, 2014

Hockey Night in Canada was back on top (logo via Wikimedia)

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Hockey Night in Canada back on top by a large margin. Its early games drew 2.2 million, down just slightly from last week’s 2.23 million.

What’s more of a surprise is that the second most popular sporting event wasn’t an NHL game or CFL match, but rather a bunch of NFL games that aired across CTV on Sunday evening. Those games attracted 893,000, while two other Sunday NFL matches, the Giants vs. the Cowboys and the Chiefs vs. the Chargers, took third place for the weekend with 873,000.

So where’s the CFL? The weekend’s top CFL match attracted a ho-hum 732,000 on Sunday, making it the third most watched sporting event of the day and the fifth most watched event of the weekend. Things get worse when you look at how the other CFL matches did. For example, Friday’s RedBlacks/Tiger-Cats game attracted 413,000 on Friday, making it the 12th most watched sporting event of the weekend.

I suppose TSN’s new feeds are partly to blame for the CFL’s soft ratings lately. Friday’s RedBlacks/Tiger-Cats match was preempted on TSN3 for a Jets game. Other folks, I suppose, are now either preoccupied with hockey or the NFL to pay too much attention to the CFL. 

For more on the weekend’s top sports, check out the charts and Yahoo! Sports at the source link below.

Top games for Friday, October 17, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 6 Red Wings at the Maple Leafs (NHL) Sportsnet Ontario 723,000
2 11 Canucks at the Oilers (NHL) Sportsnet West/Sportsnet Pacific 461,000
3 12 RedBlacks at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN 413,000

Top games for Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 1 Hockey Night In Canada—early games (NHL) CBC (and various Rogers networks) 2,200,000
2 4 Lighting at the Canucks (NHL) CBC 885,000
3 7 Alouettes at the Argonauts (CFL) TSN 591,000

Top games for Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Various games (NFL) CTV 893,000
2 3 Giants vs. the Cowboys and Chiefs vs. the Chargers (NFL) CTV 873,000
3 5 Eskimos at the Roughriders (CFL) TSN 732,000

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)