Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 13-15, 2015

Over 675,000 people watched the Maple Leafs do what the Maple Leafs do best on November 15 (logo via Wikimedia)

A divine miracle straight from the pearly gates of heaven happened over the weekend: The numbers for the CFL and NHL spiked — in some cases dramatically.

If you remember, last week it looked like the CFL numbers were lacklustre, but a week later, people all of a sudden remembered that the CFL exists. I guess they all read my blog — the system works! Okay, okay, it probably wasn’t because of my blog.

Sunday was the kickoff of the CFL Playoffs, so naturally there would be a few more eyeballs watching. It probably helped that TSN got the bright idea to air both the Eastern Semifinal and Western Semifinal on, well, “TSN.” When TSN says that something airs on “TSN,” they mean that it’s airing on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 — TSN2 is always it’s own special kind of random, apparently. As I mentioned a few times before, TSN has dropped CFL games from certain feeds to air something else from time to time, which I’m pretty sure hurts the CFL’s ratings. 

Anyway, the larger of the two Semifinal games, the Eastern Semifinal, just squeaked past the other by 29,000 viewers. That game drew a total of 865,000 folks to TV screens across the country as the weekend’s second most-watched sporting event. That’s definitely better than the previous weekend’s top CFL game which drew 634,000 and was already above the season average. However, when you compare the Semifinals to the ones that aired last year you might be able to tell a different story.

The early HNIC games continued to ascend. They went from 1,888,000 viewers on November 7 to 1,990,000 on the 14th.

The real miracle was what happened to Hometown Hockey. The great Canadian tradition of watching the Maple Leafs completely fuck up spectacularly continued on November 14 when 677,000 watched the Leafs lose to the Rangers. That’s up from the previous week’s Hometown Hockey, which drew 406,000.

What’s particularly impressive is that the Leafs-Rangers game spent a significant amount of time overlapping with another NHL match on Sportsnet One. In that one, the Flames tried to outleafs the Leafs by losing to the Blackhawks. The game bombed and only drew in 166,000 viewers. (Yahoo has it listed as airing on Saturday for some strange reason.)

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, November 13, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 15 Pelicans at the Raptors (NBA) TSN 231,000
2 19 Canada vs. Honduras (Soccer) TSN 204,000
3 21 Grand Slam National evening round robin (Curling) Sportsnet 189,000

Top sports events for Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Hockey Night in Canada — early games (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/City/OMNI 1,990,000
2 4 Oilers at the Kings (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/OMNI* 705,000
3 8 Grand Slam National women’s quarters (Curling) Sportsnet 412,000

Top sports events for Sunday, November 15, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 2 Argonauts at the Tiger-Cats (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 865,000
2 3 Lions at the Stampeders (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 836,000
3 5 Maple Leafs at Rangers (NHL) Sportsnet 677,000

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.

*CBC is listed as the only broadcaster for this game on Yahoo, but a Sportsnet press release says that the game aired on CBC, Sportsnet and OMNI.

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris