Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 7-9, 2014

City’s Hometown Hockey attracted 1.1 million. Who knew 1.1 million people even knew what Hometown Hockey was? (logo via Wikimedia)

Stop the presses! City actually managed to garner decent ratings for once. Over 1.1 million watched Sunday’s Hometown Hockey Leafs/Sens match, which made it the second most watched sporting event of the weekend. The ratings are nearly double last week’s Hometown Hockey game.

I’m guessing the sky-high numbers are due to the rivalry between the Leafs and the Sens and because both teams are in a region where City has a better history than being the channel that only recently replaced a rather shoddy-looking multicultural station (Montreal) or a regional educational cable network (Saskatchewan).

Elsewhere, the CFL is also showing signs of life. Saturday’s Roughriders/Lions and Alouettes/Tiger-Cats games scored a decent 967,000 and 727,000 respectively. They were both strong enough to beat Hockey Night in Canada’s late game featuring the Canucks. Friday’s numbers weren’t as exciting in comparison. Only 495,000 tuned into the Stampeders/Lions game, while fewer than 400,000 bothered with the RedBlacks/Argos match.

For more on the weekend’s top sports, check out the charts below and visit the source link for even more.

Top games for Friday, November 7, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 9 Stampeders at the Lions (CFL) TSN 495,000
2 11 RedBlacks at the Argos (CFL) TSN 389,000
3 13 Wizards at the Raptors (NBA) Sportsnet One 251,000

Top games for Saturday, November 8, 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) 2,260,000
2 3 Eskimos at the Roughriders (CFL) TSN 967,000
3 6 Alouettes at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN 727,000

Top games for Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rank for day Rank for weekend Game Network Total viewers
1 2 Leafs at the Senators (NHL) City 1,140,000
2 4 Giants at the Seahawks (NFL) CTV 931,000
3 5 Various games (NFL) CTV 829,000

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)