Remember those anemic ratings for the Jays spring training games a few weeks back that had me wondering what happened to all the Jays fans? Well, it looks like the Jays fans didn’t disappear at all.
When the actual season started, they came back in droves. Actually, enough of them tuned in to absolutely cream Hockey Night in Canada in the ratings. That’s something I don’t think I would have ever said even a year or two ago.
Part of the reason things have changed recently is that HNIC completely collapsed in the ratings over the past few months or so. For example, the early games on Saturday, April 2 drew a little over 1.2 million, when HNIC used to do maybe 2.1 million on a good night a year or two ago.
The other main reason is that the Jays, on the other hand, have absolutely soared. According to Yahoo, this year’s Jays opener, which drew well north of 1.4 million, almost doubled last year’s opener and broke the record set in 2014 (of course).
So, with that hell froze over and baseball became more popular than hockey in Canada. Who would’ve thunk it?
Anyway, for more on the weekend’s top sports broadcasts, check out the source link below.
Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris