Carlyle Brings in Big Ratings

Time will tell if new Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle can take the Maple Leafs to the playoffs. One is certain however; viewers are tuning in to see how he fairs. on Saturday an average of 2.51 million viewers tuned into Carlyle’s first game behind the bench against the Canadiens on CBC. Audience numbers peaked at 3.37 million. It was the highest rated HNIC game since November 2010.

Then last night Sportsnet set a record for the highest regional NHL audience of all time as 1.05 million watched Leafs vs. Bruins on Sportsnet Ontario. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet recorded its largest audience ever for an NHL regional game last night with an average of 1.05 million (2+)* viewers tuning in to the Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs game on Sportsnet Ontario at 7 p.m. ET. The game marked the home debut of new Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

Audience levels peaked at 1.58 million viewers, with 16.8 seconds remaining in the third period as the Leafs fought to overcome a one-goal deficit and attempted to force the game into overtime.

The 1.05 million average audience was a 10 per cent increase over the previous average audience high of 956,000 viewers recorded during a showdown between the Leafs and Montreal Canadiens on February 24, 2011. The record audience is also 34 per cent above the current season Leafs audience average of 788,000.

Check back later tonight for a complete report of this week’s sports ratings.

2 thoughts on “Carlyle Brings in Big Ratings

  1. Not sure how many places were affected but I heard here in Kingston on regular cable SNet had the Sens/Tampa game. 3 years ago they changed Kingston from being in the Sens region to us being able to get both Sens and Leafs games. Since I have Shaw Direct at home it’s not a problem with the multiple SNet feeds. But in cases of conflict I don’t know how they pick which game to put on basic cable in this area.

    It is strange to be in a buffer zone with getting to see 2 teams local broadcasts. Wouldn’t have affected the ratings that much, just an anomaly I thought you might like to know.

  2. A coaching change has definitely improved ratings. It also helps that the teams the Leafs were playing are their long time arch rivals. I think that the surge in ratings for the game against Boston shows that the spike in the audience for the game against the Canadiens is primarily from Ontario.

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