The Sharks and the Penguins took a bite out of the ratings (logo via Wikimedia)
After a few really odd weeks in Canadian sports, hockey is back on top. May 30’s Sharks-Penguins match drew 1.7 million viewers over on CBC.
The thing is that’s a Monday and I don’t believe the 30th was a holiday in Canada. That means that game technically wasn’t part of the weekend. If you do drop that Sharks-Penguins match, the Raptors were on top by far with nearly 1.5 million viewers.
The Jays vs. Red Sox games on Sunday, Saturday and Friday followed, with one of those games drawing over a million viewers. Continue reading
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.
The Raptors are finally on top (logo via Wikimedia)
Finally! The Raptors have made it to the top of the ratings pack. God, that took forever.
For the weekend of May 13, the Raptors managed to top every other sports broadcast that aired that weekend with their May 15 game against the Heat. It managed to draw an incredible 1.5 million viewers on TSN.
Right behind them in the ratings was the Sharks-Blues game that aired on CBC on the same day with 1.4 million viewers. It was quite close, but the Raptors came out on top. Continue reading
Actually, it’s not hard to see why more people would be more interested in the Penguins. Look at how adorable that penguin is. (logo via Wikimedia)
What’s pretty incredible, but not really surprising, is that the Raptors still can’t seem to top hockey for the life of them. Their game against the Heat on Saturday, May 7 barely cracked the million viewer mark, but a Penguins-Capitals game that aired on the same night drew over 1.6 million viewers.
While over a million viewers for the Raptors is quite an accomplishment, especially when you put it next to the ratings they drew in during the regular season, it’s still a bit low considering how well the Raptors have been performing lately and that they’re, you know, in the playoffs.
In fact it’s so low that the Jays actually came pretty close to overtaking the Raptors with their May 6 game against the Dodgers. That one also drew a hair over the million viewer mark, too.
The Raptors can’t catch a break (logo via Wikimedia)
Canada’s enthusiasm for hockey was funny for a while, but now it’s downright sad. While the Raptors are absolutely killing it in the NBA playoffs, hockey still managed to trump them.
I’m not even talking a hockey game, which might make a bit of sense even though no Canadian teams made the NHL playoffs this year, I’m talking about whatever the hell the NHL draft lottery is. It drew 1,570,000 viewers, which was 40,000 viewers more than the Raptors-Pacers game. To add insult to injury, that Raptors game attracted just 30,000 more viewers than the Penguins-Capitals match that aired the same night as the draft lottery. That’s some weird stuff.
Putting that aside, the Raptors did make history with their May 1 game. According to Yahoo, their audience of 1.53 million was still a record for the largest audience for an NBA game and was the first time a basketball game brought in a bigger audience than the other programs on Canadian TV for the night. At least they have that, but can’t the Raptors get a bit more respect? Continue reading
I don’t think anyone could make sense of the Raptors ratings (logo via Wikimedia)
So we’re into the second week of the NHL playoffs and the numbers are still abysmal. There’s no surprise there considering the shockingly low numbers from the first week of the playoffs. The weekend’s top game was a Panthers-Islanders match that drew 1.2 million viewers. That’s better than the previous weekend’s top NHL playoffs game but still pretty awful.
The Jays have been doing alright, though. That’s especially considering that they’ve been shuffled off to Sportsnet One. The weekend’s Jays games ranged from 651,000 to 739,000. While that’s a bit disappointing considering how the team has performed in the ratings lately, that’s nothing compared to the Raptors.
The weekend’s top Raptors game didn’t even manage to crack the top-10 sports events for the weekend. It came in at 379,000 viewers, which is very odd considering they’re in the playoffs. C’mon, people. Continue reading
Oh how the mighty have fallen (logo via Wikimedia)
Well, the numbers for the first week of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs are in, and they’re enough to make your heart sink.
The weekend’s top game was between the Flyers and the Capitals, and it only drew 967,000 viewers. Yes, you read that right. Fewer than a million people tuned in, and it gets worse, much worse. The Stanley Cup Playoffs games bottomed out at 341,000 viewers for Saturday’s Wild-Stars match.
So, even the Raptors managed to do better than eight of the weekend’s Stanley Cup Playoff games, and Saturday’s Jays match did better than all but one of the weekend’s NHL games. Continue reading