Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: April 17-19, 2015

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 (logo via Wikimedia)

As you could probably expect, the first weekend of the Stanley Cup Playoffs saw some pretty impressive numbers when compared to hockey games throughout the regular season. As two of those playoff series featured two Canadian teams going head-to-head, it shouldn’t come as a shock that a bunch of people tuned in.

Sunday’s Canadiens-Senators game drew nearly 3.5 million viewers on the CBC, and Friday’s Canadiens-Senators game also broke the three million viewer mark. The Flames-Canucks series saw nearly 2.2 million viewers on Sunday, while Friday’s match nearly hit 2.25 million viewers.

Again, not surprisingly, the Stanley Cup playoff games took eight of the top 10 slots of the top sporting events of the weekend. Saturday’s Raptors game against the Wizards and Friday’s Braves-Jays game managed to squeak into the top 10 with 520,000 and 490,000 viewers, respectively. Considering the numbers the Raptors usually bring in and that the Jays were on Sportsnet One, those numbers are pretty great.

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

Top sports events for Friday, April 17, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
2
Senators at the Canadiens (NHL)
CBC
3,130,000
2
3
Flames at the Canucks (NHL)
CBC
2,240,000
3
9
Braves at the Blue Jays (MLB)
Sportsnet One
490,000
Top sports events for Saturday, April 18, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
5
Penguins at the Rangers (NHL)
CBC
1,610,000
2
6
Jets at the Ducks (NHL)
Sportsnet
1,210,000
3
8
Wizards at the Raptors (NBA)
TSN
520,000
Top sports events for Sunday, April 19, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
1
Canadiens at the Senators (NHL)
CBC
3,480,000
2
4
Canucks at the Flames (NHL)
CBC
2,190,000
3
7
Predators at the Blackhawks (NHL)
Sportsnet
597,000
The numbers above are Numeris’ overnight ratings for sports events on English-language Canadian TV. If any of these games or events were also broadcast on an American network available in Canada, the viewers who watched the American broadcast are not included in the numbers above.
 
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