Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 31-November 2, 2014

The Raptors continue to bomb spectacularly. Sunday’s game lost to Friday morning curling coverage. (image via Wikimedia)

As has been the case for the past few weeks, the CFL continues to flounder in the ratings. Its top game for the weekend was a Blue Bombers/Stampeders match on Saturday, which pulled in 595,000. That wasn’t even high enough to make the chart below of the top three broadcasts for the day.

Actually, the only CFL match you’ll spot below is Friday’s Tiger-Cats/RedBlacks game, which was just shy of 500,000 viewers. It was bested by several NFL matches (of course) and even figure skating on CTV.

Things are so dire that City’s Hometown Hockey topped every single CFL game over the weekend. Yes, City. The network just started airing NHL games and I wouldn’t be surprised if most people outside of Toronto don’t know where it is on the dial.

While the CFL only made one appearance on the charts below, I want to talk about a league that wasn’t anywhere close to charting: the NBA.

Sportsnet 360’s coverage of Saturday’s Raptors/Magic match drew a rather sad 149,000, while TSN2’s coverage of Sunday’s Raptors/Heat game managed to do worse with only 133,000 tuning in. That’s 29th place for the weekend, right between Friday morning curling coverage on Sportsnet and some random Premier League soccer match. That’s gotta bruise some egos. Believe it or not, that’s still a bit better than some of last season’s games.

Check out the charts below to see how the weekend’s top sports did and visit the source link for more.

Top games for Friday, October 31, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 4 Leafs at the Blue Jackets (NHL) Sportsnet Ontario 737,000
2 12 Tiger-Cats at the RedBlacks (CFL) TSN 495,000
3 22 Masters round robin (Curling) Sportsnet 158,000

Top games for Saturday, November 1, 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) 2,100,000
2 2 Canucks at the Oilers (NHL) CBC 1,100,000
3 5 Hockey Night In Canada pregame show (NHL) CBC 638,000

Top games for Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 3 Broncos vs. the Patriots and the Raiders vs. the Seahawks (NFL) CTV 1,054,000
2 6 Flames at the Canadiens (NHL) City 595,000
3 9 Various games (NFL) CTV 532,000

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)