Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 20-23, 2016

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You’ll be singing the blues once you see the HNIC numbers for May 21’s Blues-Sharks game (logo via Wikimedia)

Do you guys remember this thing called Hockey Night in Canada? Week after week Canadians from across the country would emerge out of their igloos and gather around a TV set to watch something called a “hockey game” on Saturday nights. And they’d drink beer and watch people chase something called a “puck” with strange looking sticks on ice!

Of course, you remember Hockey Night in Canada, but on May 21, it sure didn’t seem like it. That night’s Blues vs. Sharks game only drew 900,000 viewers, which was enough to place HNIC in seventh place for the weekend! That’s right, seventh. Quite crazy isn’t it?

So what did better than HNIC? It shouldn’t be any surprise by now, but the Raptors. They took the top two spots for the weekend. Their top game averaged 1.8 million viewers. The world hockey championship final took third place for the weekend with 1,365,000 viewers on TSN. The rest were all NHL hockey games that each aired on a different day on CBC.

When you look at the top seven sports broadcasts for the weekend, it’s almost as if someone had everything upside down. Usually HNIC would be tops, then everything else would fight for second place, but to see one of Canada’s treasures completely bruised and battered in the ratings like this is quite surreal.

Anyway, while I take that all in, you can find much more on the weekend’s shocking numbers at the source link below.

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