Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 3-5, 2015

The Stampeders ratings were one of the many on the decline over the weekend (logo via Wikimedia)

The Jays ratings have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride lately, and this weekend was probably one of the low points in the recent weeks. While the game on Saturday, October 4 drew 200,000 more viewers than the Jays match that aired the week before on Saturday, September 26, the game that aired on Sunday, October 5 plummeted when compared to the one broadcast on Sunday of the previous week. Only 1,030,000 tuned in to that match, and it shed over 500,000 viewers when compared to Sunday, September 27’s Jays game.

The Jays weren’t the only ones seeing their numbers drop over the weekend. The Stampeders match against the Tiger-Cats shed 165,000 viewers when compared to their game the week before versus the Blue Bombers. The Leafs are in the same boat. While their Friday, September 25 match against the Sabres drew an audience of 177,000 on Sportsnet 360, only 128,000 tuned in for their Friday, October 3 game versus the Red Wings on TSN4. I suppose that drop has more to do with it airing on one TSN feed and being blacked out for those outside of the Leafs’ home region than anything else.

For more on the weekend’s top sports, check out my charts below and visit Yahoo Sports Canada at the source link. (Brace yourselves, you might be a bit disappointed.)

Top sports events for Friday, October 3, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 2 Blue Jays at the Rays (MLB) Sportsnet 1,700,000
2 8 Stampeders at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5* 474,000
3 21 Maple Leafs at the Red Wings (NHL) TSN4 128,000

Top sports events for Saturday, October 4, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Blue Jays at the Rays (MLB) Sportsnet 1,800,000
2 6 Eskimos at the Blue Bombers (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4 589,000
3 7 Roughriders at the Lions (CFL) TSN1/TSN4 562,000

Top sports events for Sunday, October 5, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 3 Blue Jays at the Rays (MLB) Sportsnet** 1,030,000
2 4 Packers vs. 49ers/Vikings vs. Broncos (NFL) CTV 639,000
3 5 Giants vs the Bills/Chiefs vs. the Bengals (NFL) CTV 635,000

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.

*According to TSN’s schedule page, the Stampeders-Ticats game aired a bit later on TSN4 to make room for a Leafs-Red Wings pre-season game

**Also aired in prime time on Sportsnet One

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris

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