Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 16-18, 2015

The Oilers. Remember them? (logo via Wikimedia)

I think it’s official now — with everyone going baseball crazy, hockey is now the ugly stepchild that no one wants to pay attention to.

Last week I mentioned that Hometown Hockey’s season premiere got shifted over to Sportsnet One. For its second game of the season, Hometown Hockey was able to get a bit more exposure (but not much) as it aired on both Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. That, however, didn’t do it any good because it actually plummeted even further in the ratings.

October 18’s Hometown Hockey featuring the Oilers at the Canucks only drew 261,000 viewers between both Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. That’s down from the already lacklustre 372,000 that tuned into the season premiere featuring the Canadiens and the Senators. (Again, remember that the Hometown Hockey season premiere only aired on Sportsnet One, not Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360.)

What’s a bit weird is that Sportsnet aired a Cubs-Mets postseason game in place of Hometown Hockey. It barely drew in more viewers than the Hometown Hockey game on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360 with only 367,000 bothering to watch.

Sportsnet pulled a similar stunt with Hockey Night in Canada on October 16. Sportsnet and Sportsnet 360 aired a Cubs-Mets game instead of an HNIC match, while Sportsnet One aired an HNIC game. Much like Hometown Hockey, HNIC cratered, and I’m willing to bet that Sportsnet’s move of swapping in baseball in place of hockey is to blame. Saturday’s HNIC early games drew only 1,670,000. That’s down from the 2.1 million it drew for its season premiere the week before.

That’s gotta be a bit disappointing, but how ‘bout dem Jays? Am I right? Well, they’re flying high and are doing just fine. They’re actually getting mighty close to cracking the four-million-viewer mark.

For much more on the weekend’s top sports, check out my charts below and visit Yahoo Sports Canada at the source link. (They have plenty on how the CFL is getting absolutely crushed by the Jays.)

Top sports events for Friday, October 16, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Blue Jays at the Royals (MLB) Sportsnet 3,900,000
2 11 Blue Bombers at the RedBlacks (CFL) TSN 317,000

Top sports events for Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 2 Blue Jays at the Royals (MLB) Sportsnet 3,860,000
2 3 Hockey Night in Canada — early games (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet One/City/OMNI 1,670,000
3 4 Oilers at the Flames (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet One/OMNI 821,000

Top sports events for Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 5 NFL 4/4:25 p.m. games CTV/CTV Two Atlantic/TSN1* 799,000
2 6 NFL 1 p.m. games CTV/CTV Two** 650,000
3 9 Patriots at the Colts (NFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 406,000

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.

*Yahoo Sports has all these games as airing on CTV, but according to a Bell Media press release, the Packers-Chargers game aired on CTV Two Atlantic in addition to several CTV affiliates. Yahoo Sports also says that the Bengals played the Seahawks in this batch of games, but the same presser says that the Seahawks played the Panthers and that it aired on TSN1 not on CTV. Additionally, Yahoo Sports has a team called the “Broncs” playing against the Bears. I believe the “Broncs” is actually supposed to be the Broncos; however, the Broncos played against the Browns according to the press release. 

**Yahoo Sports says all of the 1 p.m. games airing on CTV, but a Bell Media press release says that the Redskins-Jets game aired on CTV Two opposed to CTV proper. 

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris