Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: December 4-6, 2015

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Canada Cup to the rescue (logo via curling.ca)

I’d never thought I’d say it, but thank God for curling. After a brutal couple of months with TSN getting slammed and thrown all about due to the NHL making Sportsnet and its random assortment of sister channels its home and the Jays sudden rise to the top, old, trusty curling has come to save the day. The Canada Cup women’s final outdrew three NHL games that aired over the weekend and seven draws attracted an audience of over 200,000 viewers. Actually, the Canada Cup women’s final was the weekend’s fifth most-watched sports event and the third most-watched for Sunday.

While curling is doing alright, the CBC continues to make me sad inside by continuing to draw really pitiful numbers for the rather bizarre collection of sports that they air on Saturdays and Sundays, and this week it was skiing and trampolining. Sunday’s skiing broadcast drew 95,000, while Saturday’s skiing broadcast did a bit better with 165,000. Trampolining sat in between the two with 132,000. Those are really, really dreadful numbers considering that CBC is a broadcast network that airs coast-to-coast. CBC Sports makes Murdoch Mysteries — pretty much the only scripted show that somewhat resembles a hit on the network — look like The Big Bang Theory in comparison.

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, December 4, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 9 Canada Cup of Curling: Draw #9 TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5 327,000
2 14 Stars at the Oilers (NHL) Sportsnet West 238,000
3 16 Canada Cup of Curling: Draw #8 TSN1/TSN3/TSN5 200,000

Top sports events for Saturday, December 5, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 1 Hockey Night in Canada — early games (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/City/OMNI 1,710,000
2 4 Hockey Night in Canada — late game (NHL) CBC/Sportsnet/OMNI* 619,000
3 6 Hockey Night in Canada — afternoon game (NHL) Sportsnet 412,000

Top sports events for Sunday, December 6, 2015

Rank for day Rank for weekend Sports event Network Viewers
1 2 NFL 4:25 p.m. games CTV/CTV Two** 946,000
2 3 NFL 1 p.m. games CTV/TSN4*** 781,000
3 5 Canada Cup of Curling: Women’s Final TSN1/TSN3/TSN5 422,000

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 has this game as only airing on CBC, but a Sportsnet press release says that it aired on CBC, Sportsnet and OMNI.

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

***Yahoo lists CTV as the only broadcaster for the 1 p.m. games, but a Bell Media press release says the games were split between CTV and TSN4.

Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris

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