Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 9-12, 2015

Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)

Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)

Who would’ve ever thought we’d see the day that hockey would play second fiddle to baseball? Well, with the Jays in the playoffs, the second season premiere of Hometown Hockey featuring the Canadiens and Senators on October 11 got pushed over to Sportsnet One (after already being demoted from City to Sportsnet), and it only attracted 372,000 viewers.

The Jays probably aren’t the only ones to blame for Hometown Hockey’s pitiful ratings as football typically has a stranglehold on Sundays. Plus there’s The Walking Dead, Quantico and whatever other scripted nonsense you have on the broadcast networks and cable. I didn’t come across the Hometown Hockey pre-game show on the list of top-25 sporting events for the weekend, so I’m guessing it drew south of 163,000 viewers. That just adds insult to injury.

In any case, Rogers probably doesn’t really care much that Hometown Hockey is getting steamrolled because the Jays are pulling in record-breaking numbers on Sportsnet. (Monday’s Jays game nearly hit 4.4 million viewers!) However, when the World Series comes to a close or if the Jays get eliminated early, they better hope things pick up for Hometown HockeyContinue reading


Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 8-10, 2015

Saturday’s Lightning-Canadiens game easily topped the weekend (logo via Wikimedia)

While none of the NHL playoff games were able to hit the three million viewer mark last weekend, Saturday’s Lightning-Canadiens game soared past it with 3.37 million viewers. The weekend’s other top sporting events weren’t anywhere near that, including some of the other NHL playoff games. The weekend’s second most-watched game was Sunday’s Rangers-Capitals showdown with 1.58 million viewers, while the rest of the NHL playoff games weren’t too far behind. The other three remaining games drew similar numbers with the least watched game drawing 1.26 million viewers.

The Blue Jays continued to draw decent numbers over the weekend despite being relegated to Sportsnet One on Friday and Saturday. Their top game was Friday’s match against the Red Sox with 607,000 viewers. I’m not too sure if the Jays Sportsnet One numbers are inflated, though. I know that Sportsnet One has been available as a free preview for the last little while.

Elsewhere during the weekend, TSN managed to draw 541,000 viewers for Sunday’s World Hockey Championship games, and Global wasn’t too far behind with 538,000 tuning into the final round of the Players Championship, also on Sunday.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: April 24-26, 2015

Sunday’s Senators-Canadiens game easily topped the weekend (logo via Wikimedia)

In the second weekend of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Senators-Canadiens series easily remained on top. Sunday’s Senators-Canadiens game drew over 3.7 million viewers, which topped last weekend’s top game, also a Senators-Canadiens match that drew just under 3.5 million viewers.

Friday’s Senators-Canadiens game managed to tie Saturday’s Canucks-Flames game with 2.8 million viewers to take the title of the second most-watched sports event of the weekend.

Like last week, eight of the weekend’s top 10 sports events were Stanley Cup playoff games. Friday’s Raptors-Wizards playoff game was the weekend’s fifth most-watched sports event, while the Saturday’s Jays-Rays game took the sixth spot for the weekend.

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Press Release: RDS Dedicated to Covering the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs from Start to Finish

RDS (logo via Wikimedia)

RDS (logo via Wikimedia)

Montreal, April 13, 2015—Starting this Wednesday, RDS will go into full playoff mode, with its entire team of hockey experts, hosts and correspondents committed to giving 100% every night so that fans can experience NHL playoff fever right until the winning team hoists the Stanley Cup.

  • Starting at 4 p.m. ET, Luc Bellemare gets the ball rolling on SPORTS 30 LE MAGAZINE, with the support of an extensive team of experts who preview the day’s games.
  • At 4:30 p.m. ET, Yanick Bouchard and Frédéric Plante continue the conversation with the 5 À 7 Assisted by their colleagues, they offer a unique look at the latest playoff news.

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Press Release: Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada Announce 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Broadcast Schedule

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (April 12, 2015) The stage is finally set – and what a spectacular stage it is. Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada this morning announced its 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round broadcast schedule, featuring five Canadian NHL teams for the first time since 2004, and wall-to-wall coverage of all eight series.

The first puck drops on Wednesday, April 15 with four games, including two all-Canadian matchups:

  • 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT – Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens (CBC)
  • 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT – New York Islanders at Washington Capitals (Sportsnet)
  • 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT – Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators (Sportsnet 360)
  • 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks on (CBC)

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: February 27-March 2, 2015

The Leafs lifted HNIC and Hometown Hockey to victory over the weekend (logo via Wikimedia)

The Leafs helped both Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey achieve ratings success over the weekend. The Leafs battled the Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada and drew 2.1 million viewers. (However, I’m not sure if that number includes City’s Rangers/Flyers game. See the asterisk at the bottom of the page for more on that.)

Over on Sunday, the Leafs visited the Capitals on City’s Hometown Hockey, and that game drew significantly more viewers than last week’s Hometown Hockey match. To refresh your memory, it featured the Canucks and Islanders and only drew a measly 514,000 compared to the 748,000 for the Leafs/Capitals game.

Monday saw the much hyped trade deadline day coverage on both TSN and Sportsnet, and despite a rather nasty tweet controversy, llamas and not having any national NHL games, TSN easily bested whatever was on Sportsnet.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: January 30-February 1, 2015

The Super Bowl topped the weekend…duh (logo via Wikimedia)

A little thing called the Super Bowl aired over the weekend, and if you haven’t heard already, it drew absolutely astronomical numbers.

Surprisingly, there were other sporting events on TV over the weekend as well. They also managed to draw in a respectable audience, albeit not as large as the Super Bowl of course.

Perhaps the most surprising out of the bunch was City’s Coyotes/Canadiens Hometown Hockey game, which also aired on Super Bowl Sunday. It didn’t air at its regular time because it would’ve been up against the Super Bowl proper, which would’ve been madness. It aired at 1 p.m. instead and drew 571,000.

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