Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: March 4-6, 2016


#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.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 13-15, 2015

Over 675,000 people watched the Maple Leafs do what the Maple Leafs do best on November 15 (logo via Wikimedia)

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

TSN aired an Argos-Ticats game where? The downside of five feeds of TSN

Click the schedules above to get a better look. (screenshots via tsn.ca)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

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.

You see, TSN4 is Ontario’s home feed (for the most part), but it also happens to be one of the feeds with the potential to reach the biggest audience (approximately 11 million). The CFL already has an audience, and by putting an Argos-Ticats game on TSN1, which primarily serves an area with a population of roughly eight million, and TSN3, which primarily serves a population of just over two million, it wouldn’t really matter much because the diehard Argos and Ticats fans would likely claw tooth and nail to find whatever out there channel TSN1 or TSN3 is on. Not as many people are into FIBA basketball, but by putting it on a feed that primarily serves an area with a population of 11 million, you have a greater chance of folks sampling it, don’t you think?

While some might argue that pushing a game on a specific feed might not matter that much, home feeds are often on a spot on the dial that TSN has historically called home for quite some time (and it’s often a great location, too), while the other non-local feeds are pushed off to oblivion, somewhere completely random. (My provider, Rogers, has TSN 1-5 on channels 494-498, but TSN4 is also on channel 30, where it has been for years, and channel 406. TSN2 also appears multiple times on the dial. It’s on channel 98 and 407, too.)

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Press Release: TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

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.

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Press Release: TSN Launches New Original Series CFL AROUND THE TABLE, Beginning June 12

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

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.

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Press Release: TSN Delivers Extensive Coverage of the Biggest Weekend of Racing in Canada, the 2015 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX, Beginning Friday, June 5

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

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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Press Release: American Pharoah Chases Triple Crown History at the BELMONT STAKES, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

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.”

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