Press Release: Historic Blue Jays Win Delivers Historic Sportsnet Audiences: More Than 1 in 4 Canadians Watched Some Part of ALDS Game 5

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (October 15, 2015) It was wild. It was crazy. And it’s become an instant classic. Game 5 of the American League Division Series between the Blue Jaysand the Texas Rangers was one for the record books, both on and off the field, as Sportsnet delivered its largest audience in network history, with an average audience of 4.85 million viewers tuning into the broadcast. Sportsnet’s previous all-time most-watched program occurred just 48 hours earlier with 4.38 million viewers tuning into Texas/Blue Jays ALDS Game 4 on Monday, Oct. 12.

Overall, 11.5 million Canadians watched some part of the game on Sportsnet, as the Blue Jays thrillingly defeated the Rangers, 6-3. Audience levels peaked at 8.1 million viewers at 7:44 p.m. ET in the top of the 9th inning, as pitcher Roberto Osuna struck out Will Venable.

More audience highlights include:

Television

  • The Texas/Toronto ALDS delivered an average audience of 3.55 million. This marks a 1,087% increase over the 2014 ALDS between Detroit and Baltimore
  • More than 16 million Canadians watched some part of the 2015 Toronto/Texas ALDS (46% of the Canadian population)
  • An average audience of 3.51 million viewers tuned into last night’s one-hour post-game show
  • Last night’s Houston/Kansas City ALDS Game 5 delivered an average audience of 1.16 million
  • ALDS Games 3, 4 and 5 were the first three broadcasts in Sportsnet history to surpass 4 million viewers
  • Sportsnet’s top 6 most-watched broadcasts are as follows:
  1. ALDS Game 5, Texas @ Toronto (Oct. 14, 2015): 4.85 million
  2. ALDS Game 4, Toronto @ Texas (Oct. 12, 2015): 4.38 million
  3. ALDS Game 3, Toronto @ Texas (Oct. 11, 2015): 4.2 million
  4. Blue Jays Central Postseason Post-Game Show (Oct. 14, 2015): 3.51 million
  5. ALDS Game 2, Texas @ Toronto (Oct. 9, 2015): 2.4 million
  6. ALDS Game 1, Texas @ Toronto (Oct. 8, 2015): 2.35 million

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