Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 9-12, 2015

Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)

Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)

Who would’ve ever thought we’d see the day that hockey would play second fiddle to baseball? Well, with the Jays in the playoffs, the second season premiere of Hometown Hockey featuring the Canadiens and Senators on October 11 got pushed over to Sportsnet One (after already being demoted from City to Sportsnet), and it only attracted 372,000 viewers.

The Jays probably aren’t the only ones to blame for Hometown Hockey’s pitiful ratings as football typically has a stranglehold on Sundays. Plus there’s The Walking Dead, Quantico and whatever other scripted nonsense you have on the broadcast networks and cable. I didn’t come across the Hometown Hockey pre-game show on the list of top-25 sporting events for the weekend, so I’m guessing it drew south of 163,000 viewers. That just adds insult to injury.

In any case, Rogers probably doesn’t really care much that Hometown Hockey is getting steamrolled because the Jays are pulling in record-breaking numbers on Sportsnet. (Monday’s Jays game nearly hit 4.4 million viewers!) However, when the World Series comes to a close or if the Jays get eliminated early, they better hope things pick up for Hometown Hockey

The season premiere of Hockey Night in Canada, on the other hand, did okay. There wasn’t a Jays game on that night, so that wasn’t a concern. HNIC also featured the Leafs against the Senators and Canadiens against the Bruins. It drew in 2.1 million viewers, and that’s pretty much what HNIC would do on a good Saturday last season.

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, October 9, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 3 Rangers at the Blue Jays (MLB) Sportsnet 2,400,000
2 8 Maple Leafs at the Red Wings (NHL) Sportsnet One 587,000
3 10 Roughriders at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN 463,000

Top sports events for Saturday, October 10, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 4 Hockey Night in Canada (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/City/OMNI 2,100,000
2 6 Flames at the Canucks (NHL) CBC 961,000
3 9 Eskimos at the Stampeders (CFL) TSN1/TSN4/TSN5 545,000

Top sports events for Sunday, October 11, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 2 Blue Jays at the Rangers (MLB) Sportsnet 4,170,000
2 5 Cowboys vs. the Patriots/Cardinals vs. the Lions (NFL) CTV/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 970,000
3 7 Various NFL games CTV 813,000

Top sports events for Monday, October 12, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Blue Jays at the Rangers (MLB) Sportsnet 4,380,000
2 12 Argonauts at the Alouettes (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5* 431,000
3 14 Steelers at the Chargers (NFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 383,000

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.

*Aired later on TSN3 to make way for a Jets-Islanders game

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris

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