Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 8-10, 2015

Saturday’s Lightning-Canadiens game easily topped the weekend (logo via Wikimedia)

While none of the NHL playoff games were able to hit the three million viewer mark last weekend, Saturday’s Lightning-Canadiens game soared past it with 3.37 million viewers. The weekend’s other top sporting events weren’t anywhere near that, including some of the other NHL playoff games. The weekend’s second most-watched game was Sunday’s Rangers-Capitals showdown with 1.58 million viewers, while the rest of the NHL playoff games weren’t too far behind. The other three remaining games drew similar numbers with the least watched game drawing 1.26 million viewers.

The Blue Jays continued to draw decent numbers over the weekend despite being relegated to Sportsnet One on Friday and Saturday. Their top game was Friday’s match against the Red Sox with 607,000 viewers. I’m not too sure if the Jays Sportsnet One numbers are inflated, though. I know that Sportsnet One has been available as a free preview for the last little while.

Elsewhere during the weekend, TSN managed to draw 541,000 viewers for Sunday’s World Hockey Championship games, and Global wasn’t too far behind with 538,000 tuning into the final round of the Players Championship, also on Sunday.

For 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, May 8, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
3
Ducks at the Flames (NHL)
Sportsnet
1,400,000
2
4
Capitals at the Rangers (NHL)
CBC
1,300,000
3
10
Red Sox at the Blue Jays (MLB)
Sportsnet One
471,000
Top sports events for Saturday, May 9, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
1
Lightning at the Canadiens (NHL)
CBC
3,370,000
2
6
Red Sox at the Blue Jays (MLB)
Sportsnet One
607,000
3
11
France vs. Canada (IIHF)
TSN
464,000
Top sports events for Sunday, May 10, 2015
Rank for day Rank for weekend
Sports event
Network
Viewers
1
2
Rangers at the Capitals (NHL)
CBC
1,580,000
2
5
Flames at the Ducks (NHL)
CBC
1,260,000
3
7
Switzerland vs. Canada/Slovakia vs. Russia (IIHF)
TSN
541,000
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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