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.)
A divine miracle straight from the pearly gates of heaven happened over the weekend: The numbers for the CFL and NHL spiked — in some cases dramatically.
If you remember, last week it looked like the CFL numbers were lacklustre, but a week later, people all of a sudden remembered that the CFL exists. I guess they all read my blog — the system works! Okay, okay, it probably wasn’t because of my blog.
Sunday was the kickoff of the CFL Playoffs, so naturally there would be a few more eyeballs watching. It probably helped that TSN got the bright idea to air both the Eastern Semifinal and Western Semifinal on, well, “TSN.” When TSN says that something airs on “TSN,” they mean that it’s airing on TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 — TSN2 is always it’s own special kind of random, apparently. As I mentioned a few times before, TSN has dropped CFL games from certain feeds to air something else from time to time, which I’m pretty sure hurts the CFL’s ratings. Continue reading
When I was piecing together the sports ratings last week, I noticed something a bit odd. According to the schedule page on the TSN website, the September 11 Argonauts/Tiger-Cats game aired live on TSN1 and TSN3, and it possibly aired on tape delay on TSN5, while TSN4 aired a FIBA basketball game. That’s a very curious move especially considering that TSN4 is the local feed for both Toronto and Hamilton, the hometowns of the Argos and the Ticats, respectively. So, what gives? If TSN didn’t muck up their schedule online, and that is in fact correct, it looks like TSN might be messing with the hearts and minds of Argos and Ticats fans for ratings.
Toronto (June 26, 2015) – TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT on Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.
THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE’s Glenn Schiiler hosts the network’s 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT coverage from the TSN Studio and is joined by analysts Craig Button and Dave Poulin. SPORTSCENTRE’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia contributes reports live from the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.
TSN’s live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.
TORONTO (June 11, 2015) – With the 2015 Canadian Football League season about to kick off, TSN premieres the new original series CFL AROUND THE TABLE, a forum for candid discussion and debate about hot-button issues around the CFL.
Employing a format modeled on fan-favourite RDS series TABLE D’HÔTE, and hosted by the CFL ON TSN’s Rod Smith, each 30-minute episode of the series features four noteworthy CFL personalities sharing memories and personal anecdotes about their experiences in the league.
“CFL AROUND THE TABLE is an exciting new way for TSN to share compelling storylines from around the CFL, and to get to know some of the league’s best personalities,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “With candid discussion on life in professional football, the series will give fans a totally new perspective on the league.”
CFL AROUND THE TABLE premieres on Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on TSN2, immediately before the B.C. Lions take on the Calgary Stampeders in CFL ON TSN pre-season action.
TORONTO – TSN has fans covered from the starting grid to the checkered flag all weekend, delivering the biggest auto racing event on Canadian soil when the 2015 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX returns to the famous Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal from June 5-7. The action begins with practice coverage on Friday, June 5 at 1:55 p.m. ET on TSN2.
Coverage continues with qualifying on Saturday, June 6 at 12:55 p.m. ET on TSN, followed by the premiere of Braking Point, a documentary on Canadian race car driver Luke Chudleigh. Braking point airs following CANADIAN GRAND PRIX qualifying on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. ET on TSN, with an encore presentation following the CANADIAN GRAND PRIX on Sunday, June 7 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.
Produced by Open Wheel Productions in association with TSN, BRAKING POINT chronicles the 20-year-old Milton, Ont.-native’s journey as he competes in the 2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series for the chance to race in Formula One™.
BBC Sport’s popular grid-walk primes fans on race day from track-level in the minutes leading up to live coverage of the race itself. Coverage begins Sunday, June 7 at 1:35 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, and TSN5.
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TORONTO (June 2, 2015) – All eyes will be on KENTUCKY DERBY and PREAKNESS STAKES winner American Pharoah as the thoroughbred looks to secure the first Triple Crown in 37 years at the BELMONT STAKES, airing live Saturday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN2.
This marks the second-consecutive year that jockey Victor Espinoza has entered the BELMONT STAKES with the Triple Crown on the line. Espinoza finished fourth in last year’s race with California Chrome. Affirmed was the last horse to complete the American Triple Crown in 1978.
TSN’s live coverage of the BELMONT STAKES is also available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.
“A Triple Crown victory is one of the rarest achievements in all of sports, and we’re very excited to showcase American Pharaoh’s chase for history to horse racing fans across the country,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and Marketing, TSN. “TSN is home to both the American and Canadian Triple Crown series, and the Belmont STAKES is the perfect event to lead into our top-tier coverage of the biggest horse races in Canada this summer.”