Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: Super Bowl 50

It looks like I wasn’t the only one who skipped out on the Super Bowl this year. Almost one million fewer viewers watched Super Bowl 50 versus the big game last year.

If you’re looking for specifics, here they are: Numeris says that 7.3 million Canadians watched CTV’s broadcast of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and one million watched RDS’ broadcast. Together 8.3 million watched Super Bowl 50 in Canada, a drop from last year’s 9.23 million.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, just over half of the country (18.2 million) tuned in to watch at least a bit of the game.

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Press Release: CTV’s THE SOCIAL Co-Hosts Join the Biggest Party in Canada as Hosts of the Grey Cup Nissan Titan Halftime Show on TSN

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TORONTO (November 18, 2015) – As the countdown to the biggest party in Canada begins, CTV’s THE SOCIAL co-hosts Melissa Grelo (@melissagrelo), Cynthia Loyst (@cynthialoyst), Lainey Lui (@LaineyGossip), and Traci Melchor (@stayfabulous) get ready to join the CFL and TSN in Winnipeg as they take centre stage on Investors Group Field to introduce multi-platinum rockers Fall Out Boy during the Nissan Titan Halftime Show. As part of the country’s can’t-miss annual sporting spectacle, the co-hosts bring their trademark charm, candour, and glamour to the 103rd GREY CUP Presented by Shaw, airing live Sunday, November 29 on TSN and RDS.

Grey Cup fever hits THE SOCIAL beginning Tuesday, Nov. 24 on CTV when Melissa and Traci face-off against CFL ON TSN’s Milt Stegall and the Toronto Argonauts’ Chad Owens in a trivia challenge with a twist – as the ladies test their football knowledge, Milt and Chad test their pop culture IQ. Then on Friday, Nov. 27, Traci and CFL ON TSN’s Kate McKenna join THE SOCIAL from Investors Group Field in Winnipeg to set the stage for the weekend’s Grey Cup festivities.

“We are so excited to have the amazing cast of THE SOCIAL be involved with Grey Cup Week in Winnipeg, especially as hosts of the ‎Nissan Titan Halftime Show,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, CFL Commissioner. “The energy and passion that Melissa, Cynthia, Lainey, and Traci have will certainly be an added spark to what is already known as the biggest party in Canada.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 6-8, 2015

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TSN’s five feeds strategy might be hurting the CFL (image via Bell Media)

With baseball officially out of the picture, things are back to normal. I hate to say it, but things are actually quite boring — everything is pretty much where you’d expect it to be.

Hockey Night in Canada topped the weekend (of course), and it seems to be in recovery mode after being completely decimated by baseball the week before (or possibly baseball and those dang trick-or-treaters). The early HNIC games drew a pretty much disastrous 1,580,000 viewers on Halloween, and that’s way off the 2.2 million HNIC would normally draw for its early matches on a good or average weekend. November 7’s games did better, but the numbers still aren’t great. Only 1,888,000 bothered to watch HNIC‘s early matches across the CBC and various Rogers channels.

Sundays have been football night in the US for a while, but it looks like we might as well consider it football night up here, too. Well, you can consider it football night as long as you’re talking about the NFL not the CFL. The 4/4:25 p.m. NFL games on CTV, CTV Two Atlantic and TSN4 drew 834,000 to become the weekend’s second most-watched sports event, and it more than doubled the still rather sad Hometown Hockey numbers.  Continue reading

Press Release: It’s a Giovinco-Drogba Showdown in a Historic All-Canadian Match to Kick Off the MLS CUP PLAYOFFS on TSN, October 29

TSN (image via Bell Media)

TSN (image via Bell Media)

TORONTO (October 27, 2015) – Following a thrilling clash on MLS DECISION DAY, international superstar Didier Drogba and 2015 Golden Boot winner Sebastian Giovinco are set to square off in the first-ever all-Canadian matchup in MLS CUP PLAYOFFS history, as the Montreal Impact host Toronto FC on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET live on TSN and in French on RDS.

The game highlights TSN’s coverage of the MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, which features all three Canadian teams for the first time ever.

MLS ON TSN play-by-play commentator Luke Wileman and analyst Jason deVos are at Stade Saputo in Montréal to call the historic game alongside Vic Rauter, who contributes reports from the sidelines. Fans can also tune in as TSN Radio 690 Montreal’s Rick Moffat and Grant Needham call the action live on CJAD 800 News Talk Radio in Montréal while Gareth Wheeler delivers the call on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto.

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CBC bets big on the Olympics

The new CBC Sports logo (logo via CBC Sports/Twitter)

The new CBC Sports logo (logo via CBC Sports/Twitter)

It was a big week for CBC Sports. In addition to unveiling their snazzy new look, CBC announced that it has won the Canadian broadcast rights for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games and the following Games in 2024. Much like the other recent Olympic Games CBC secured the rights for, coverage won’t be limited to the public broadcaster. CBC has teamed up with Bell Media and their arch-rivals at Rogers to get the Games on the air.

So that means we should be seeing the games on CBC, TSN and Sportsnet as well as Radio-Canada and RDS in French. Considering all of the channels involved, it might make for a mess to find what you want to watch. However, CBC did team up with TSN and Sportsnet for the Sochi Games and the world didn’t collapse in on itself.

I suppose it should be more of a concern if anyone would really bother with watching sports on traditional TV in 2022. Heck, if Harper won the election, I wasn’t even sure if CBC would make it to 2020. While some folks had problems with CBC’s Pan Am/Parapan Am Games coverage, which seemed to rely too much on its finicky digital platforms, maybe watching sports via an app won’t seem like trying to fit a hippo through a hula hoop by 2022. Continue reading

Press Release: A Record 3.2 Million Viewers Watch Canada’s Heartbreaking Quarter-Final Loss on CTV and RDS

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 29, 2015) – Once again, a record number of Canadians tuned into watch the Canadian women’s national team in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ on Saturday, June 27. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris confirms that 3.2 million viewers watched Canada’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to England on CTV and RDS, breaking the record for most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match ever. The game was also the most-watched program on Canadian television this weekend.

Overall, 7.5 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch some or all of the game. Average audience numbers peaked at 4.3 million viewers in the second half as Canada made a final push in an attempt to find an equalizer.

Canadian consumption of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ remains at an all-time high through the quarter-final: Continue reading

Press Release: TSN’s Five Feeds Serve Canadians 300+ Hours of Live Multi-Court Coverage of WIMBLEDON, Beginning June 29

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TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 25, 2015) – TSN’s live multi-court coverage of all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments continues from the famous grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club with WIMBLEDON. In total, TSN’s five national feeds deliver more than 300 hours of live coverage from the first round through to the finals, beginning with more than 10 consecutive hours of Early Round Coverage on Monday, June 29 at 6:30 a.m. ET on TSN (see below or visit TSN.ca for broadcast schedule).

TSN’s exclusive live coverage of WIMBLEDON is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.

French-language coverage of WIMBLEDON is available on RDS and RDS2.

Hosted by Tessa Bonhomme and Laura Diakun with on-site reports from Mark Masters, TSN’s daytime multi-court coverage of WIMBLEDON features live coverage of multiple matches airing at the same time, as well as post-match reports, analysis, news conferences, and highlights throughout the day. Fans can visit TSN.ca for a daily lineup of matches that will be featured in TSN’s live multi-court coverage.

Masters is in London to deliver reports from the tournament for SPORTSCENTRE, and contribute blog posts and web-exclusive one-on-one interviews for TSN.ca.

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