Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 27-29, 2015

Nearly 4.1 million watched the Eskimos take home the Grey Cup on TSN (image via Bell Media)

Well, it turns out Canadians are still in love with the CFL after all. After a kinda tumultuous season, the Grey Cup drew nearly 4.1 million viewers on TSN. The game aired live on whatever TSN without TSN2 is called. (I want to say TSN Network, but then if you go by TSN’s full name, that would be The Sports Network Network, which makes no sense.) The Grey Cup did actually air on TSN2 but just a little later. I’m not sure if those numbers are included in the 4.1 million, though.

Regardless, with that audience the Grey Cup might just beat The Big Bang Theory to become the most-watched program of the week. We’ll have to sit tight until we get the final numbers for the week of November 23 from Numeris to know for sure.

TSN’s Countdown to the Grey Cup also drew some impressive numbers with 2.5 million tuning in for that program. It easily beat Hockey Night in Canada’s early games, which attracted just under 1.9 million viewers across CBC, Sportsnet, City and OMNI. 

Of course the Grey Cup wasn’t the only big cup of the weekend — CIS’ Vanier Cup was on Saturday. It brought in 311,000 viewers, which was better than every NBA game and every hockey game/program outside of the ones cobbled together to make Hockey Night in Canada’s early and late games.

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 27, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 8 Canucks at the Stars (NHL) Sportsnet Pacific 278,000
2 9 Canadiens at Devils (NHL) Sportsnet East 219,000
3 13 Predators at the Flyers (NHL) Sportsnet 186,000

Top sports events for Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 3 Hockey Night in Canada — early games (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/City/OMNI 1,870,000
2 4 Hockey Night in Canada — late games (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/City/OMNI 1,000,000
3 7 Vanier Cup: UBC vs. Montreal (CIS) Sportsnet 311,000

Top sports events for Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Grey Cup: Redblacks vs. Eskimos (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5* 4,079,000
2 2 Countdown to the Grey Cup (CFL) TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 2,500,000
3 5 NFL 4:05/4:25 p.m. games CTV/CTV Two* 837,000

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.

*The Grey Cup aired a bit later than the rest of TSN on TSN2 according to the schedule page on

**Yahoo lists CTV as the only broadcaster for the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games, but a Bell Media press release says the games were split between CTV and CTV Two.

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris