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
Curling is a ridiculously big deal in Canada. It’s almost too ridiculously big of a deal (logo via Wikimedia)
Canada completely embarrassed itself on the weekend of March 25 with nearly every single Women’s Worlds curling event drawing higher ratings than every other sports broadcast except the early and late games of Hockey Night in Canada.
What makes this particularly bad? Canada didn’t even win a medal and the Canadian women’s curling team hasn’t been performing well lately. According to Yahoo, this year’s championship marked the first time Canada didn’t snag gold, silver or bronze since 2009, and it has been eighth straight years since the Canadian women’s curling team won gold — Canada’s longest losing streak, apparently.
So, why is it that five curling events bested everything from Hometown Hockey, the Jays and the Raptors? (Actually, six curling events beat March 26’s Raptors game, while the team’s game airing the night before lucked out and did better than that day’s Women’s Worlds tiebreaker.) Well, damned if I know. Perhaps Canada is just a country with its priorities out of order when it comes to sports. I’m not sure.
Anyway, for more on the weekend’s top sports events, check out Yahoo Sports Canada at the source link.
Source: Yahoo Sports Canada/Numeris
#CanadianSportsTVSoWhite? Can you name a single black curler (image via Bell Media)
The Raptors are leading the NBA’s Atlantic Division and have the second most wins of the Eastern Conference, but judging by the ratings they’ve been pulling in, you might think they were having a nightmare of a season like the 76ers. (For those of you who don’t know, which I assume is all of you considering the dreadful Raptors numbers, The 76ers are at eight wins and a good 56 losses for the season as I write this sentence.)
The Raptors’ highest rated game of the weekend was its match against the Trail Blazers, which drew in 379,000 viewers on TSN. That was good enough for ninth place for the entire weekend. So what bested the Raptors? A hell of a lot of curling and hockey, naturally. Draws 1-5 of the Tim Hortons Brier ranged from 381,000 to 579,000 viewers. Hometown Hockey and of course Hockey Night in Canada bested the Raptors, too. (The weekend’s Brier and HNIC numbers are notably down a tad, though.)
However, this is far from the worst the Raptors have seen in recent weeks. Sometimes games would even draw fewer than 200,000 viewers even though the Raptors are probably one of the NBA’s strongest teams at the moment.
Curling has been all over the map on TSN (image via Bell Media)
Sure, you probably know by now that curling’s a pretty big deal in Canada, but much like last week, the numbers for the Tournament of Hearts varied dramatically. In fact, the Tournament of Hearts matches that aired during the last weekend of February 2016 saw an even greater disparity between the most-watched and least-watched games.
The weekend’s weakest Tournament of Hearts event, which just happened to be Friday’s tiebreaker, drew 237,000 viewers. That was actually lower than the previous week’s lowest-rated Tournament of Hearts game, which of course you know drew 250,000 viewers because I just got around to posting that like just five minutes ago. (Sorry, guys. Things have been hectic lately.)
Anyway, when you compare the 237,000 that the Friday tiebreaker drew to the number of folks who watched the top Tournament of Hearts event, then you’ll really notice that dramatic difference I was talking about earlier. TSN drew 825,000 for the final, which made it the second most-watched event for the weekend.
Anyone remember Hockey Night in Canada? (logo via Wikimedia)
Ever have that sinking feeling? You know, feeling like everything around you is slowly having a race to the bottom? Well, if you looked at the sports ratings for the weekend of February 19, you might get that feeling.
Somehow the early games of HNIC are down to drawing an audience of 1,660,000 viewers, the late game is down to 695,000 and the Tournament of Hearts sank all the way down to 250,000. It was a rough weekend all around.
Perhaps viewers are just having a case of the winter blahs and aren’t feeling up for anything — anything besides The X-Files and The Big Bang Theory, apparently.
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. Continue reading
Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)
TORONTO (April 10, 2015) Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is ready to rock Canadian curling fans for the 2015-16 season. As announced during tonight’s Players’ Championship broadcast (taking place now through to April 12 at the Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre), the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling schedule is set, marking the biggest season yet as it grows to seven from five events. Additionally, the total prize money for the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series will increase to $1.5 million (from $1 million) for 2015-16.
Hitting the ice in September, the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series kicks off with a brand new event – the GSOC Tour Challenge – in Paradise, NL from September 8 to 13, 2015, featuring both men’s and women’s teams vying for a combined $200,000 purse. The other events on the schedule include the Masters, National, Canadian Open, Elite 10, Players’ Championship, and capping off with another new event – the Champions Cup.
Five of the seven event locations for 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series have been confirmed, with the sixth and seventh locations to be announced in the coming weeks.
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