Super Bowl XLIX Sets New Ratings Record In Canada

Sunday night’s down-to-the-wire Super Bowl that saw the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks crushed the previous Super Bowl ratings record for CTV and RDS.

An average of 9.2 millions Canadians watched Super Bowl 49 on CTV and RDS according to Numeris overnight data. RDS set a new record with 1 million viewers while CTV attracted 8.2 million sets of eyeballs. The previous highest-watched game was Super Bowl XLVI with 8.18 million viewers – a staggering 13% increase over the Giants-Patriots game played that year and a 16% increase over last year’s 7.94 million viewers.

19.3 million people (or 55% of the country) watched part of the game last night across either network and 12.2 million tuned in for Katy Perry’s halftime show – 23% more than last year.

I paid little attention to the commercials, though I can only presume CTV ran promos for their shows every second advertisement along with the same three commercials for “Canadian” companies.

CTV bailed on the trophy presentation and post-game as soon as possible after the game finished to show the season premier of Masterchef Canada and directed viewers to TSN, though I’m sure most jumped to NBC on their dial instead. Interestingly, Global, scheduled to show the season premier of The Blacklist along with NBC, ran the program as scheduled at 10:15pm, foregoing their precious simsub and not wanting to fill airtime waiting for NBC to wrap up their coverage.

Top 5 Super Bowl audiences on Canadian television

  1. SUPER BOWL XLIX in 2015 – Patriots 28-Seahawks 24 – 9.2 million (CTV 8.2m, RDS 1m)
  2. SUPER BOWL XLVI in 2012 – Giants 21-Patriots 17 – 8.1 million (CTV 7.3m, RDS 865k)
  3. SUPER BOWL XLVIII in 2014 – Seahawks 43-Broncos 8 – 7.9 million (CTV 7.3m, RDS 610k)
  4. SUPER BOWL XLVII in 2013 – Ravens 34-49ers 31 – 7.38 million
  5. SUPER BOWL XLV in 2011 – Packers 31-Steelers 25 – 7.29 million

Super Bowl XLIX This Sunday on CTV and NBC

The Super Bowl is here yet again, one of the world’s biggest annual sporting events. Two teams will play, one team will emerge “world” champion. CTV will have all the action taking the US feed from NBC. RDS will handle French-language as always.

As you may or may not have heard, in two years from now Canadians will be able to watch the US feed without having the same seven Canadian commercials played ad nauseam. I will post more information about this in the coming days. For this year and next year though, tough titties. NBC will posting all commercials to a Tumblr page immediately after they air.

Schedule is below and full details on NBC’s day of broadcasting can be found here.

Saturday on CTV

3pm ET, Road to the Playoffs
4pm ET, Road to the Super Bowl
9pm ET, Award ceremony NFL Honors

Sunday on CTV and TSN

10am ET, TSN2, ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown
12pm ET, CTV/NBC, NFL Special: Together We Make Football
1pm ET, CTV/NBC, Pre-Game Show
5pm ET, RDS, Pre-Game Show
6pm ET, CTV/NBC/RDS, Super Bowl XLIX
10pm ET, TSN, Sportscentre live from the Super Bowl
11:30pm ET, TSN, ESPN NFL Primetime

The game will be streamed online via CTV GO and will be on the TSN Radio network of stations.

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 17

SUNDAY DECEMBER 28

1pm: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
• TSN
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Watertown, Rochester, Buffalo
Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

1pm: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
• CTV Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg • RDS
• CBS Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
• CTV Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic
• Fox Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

1pm: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
• Fox Burlington, Rochester
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

1pm: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
• CBS Cleveland
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

1pm: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
• Fox Minneapolis
Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn

4:25pm: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
• CTV Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Ontario, Montreal, CTV2 Atlantic
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

4:25pm: St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
• CTV Vancouver, Alberta
• Fox Spokane, Tacoma
Gus Johnson, Charles Davis

4:25pm: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
• CBS • TSN • RDS
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

8:30pm: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
• NBC • TSN • RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 16

The penultimate week of the NFL season sees the final Thursday and Monday night games being played and Saturday night games returning to the schedule for the first time in two years. Sportsnet/TVA Sports have the rights to the Saturday night games as they are part of the CBS/NFL Network Thursday night rights package.

UPDATE: CBS Buffalo and CTV Toronto / Kitchener have switched to KC-PIT.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 18

8pm: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
• Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

SATURDAY DECEMBER 20

4:30pm: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
• Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

8pm: San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
• CBS, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

SUNDAY DECEMBER 21

1pm: Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers
• CTV West, Ottawa, Ontario • RDS
• CBS Buffalo, Rochester, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

1pm: New England Patriots at New York Jets
• CTV Montreal, Atlantic
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Watertown
Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

1pm: Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins
• TSN
• Fox Minneapolis
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

1pm: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
• Fox Buffalo, Detroit, Spokane, Tacoma
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

1pm: Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
• CBS Cleveland
Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta

4pm: Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys
• CTV West, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Montreal, CTV Two Atlantic • RDS
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4pm: Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders
• CTV Toronto, Kitchener
• CBS Watertown, Rochester, Buffalo
Brian Anderson, Chris Simms

4pm: New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
• TSN
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester
Thom Brennaman, David Diehl

8pm: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
• NBC, TSN1/4/5, RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

MONDAY DECEMBER 22

8pm: Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
• TSN1/3/4, RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 15

THURSDAY DECEMBER 11

8:25pm: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams
• Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

SUNDAY DECEMBER 14

1pm: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
• CTV Vancouver, Alberta, Montreal, Atlantic
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Watertown, Detroit, Minneapolis, Seattle, Spokane
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
• CTV Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Ontario • RDS
• Fox Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Tacoma
Justin Kutcher, David Diehl

1pm: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
• TSN1/3/4/5
• Fox Burlington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

4:05pm: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
• TSN1/3/4/5 • RDS
• CBS Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4:25pm: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
• CTV Nationwide, CTV2 Atlantic
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

4:25pm: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
• Fox Detroit, Minnesota
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

8:30pm: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
• NBC, TSN1/3/4/5, RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

MONDAY DECEMBER 15

8:30pm: New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears
• TSN1/3/4, RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 14

THURSDAY DECEMBER 4

8:25pm: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
• Sportsnet • TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 7

1pm: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
• CTV Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montreal • RDS
• CBS Burlington, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 

1pm: Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns
• CTV Winnipeg, Ontario, Atlantic
• Fox Boston, Buffalo, Rochester, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch 

1pm: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins
• CTV Two Nationwide
• CBS Boston
Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein

1pm: New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings
• CBS Minneapolis
Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

1pm: New York Giants at Tennessee Titans
• Fox Burlington
Thom Brennaman, David Diehl

1pm: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
• Fox Detroit
Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn

4:05pm: Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos
• CTV Two Nationwide
• CBS Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

4:25pm: Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
• CTV Nationwide, CTV Two Atlantic • RDS
• Fox Nationwide
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

8:30pm: New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
• NBC • TSN1/3/4/5 • RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

MONDAY DECEMBER 8

8:30pm: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
• TSN1/3/4/5 • RDS
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 13

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 27

12:30pm: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
• CBS, City, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4:30pm: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
• Fox, City, TVA Sports
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

8pm: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
• NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30

1pm: San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
• CTV BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
• CTV Southern Ontario
• CBS Watertown, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

1pm: New Orleans at Pittsburgh Steelers
• CTV Atlantic, Quebec, Northern Ontario, RDS
• Fox Boston, Detroit
Thom Brennaman, Donovan McNabb

1pm: New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars
• TSN2
• Fox Burlington, Rochester
Justin Kutcher, David Diehl

1pm: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
• Fox Minneapolis
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

4pm: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
• TSN2
• Fox Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

4pm: New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
• CBS, CTV, CTV Two Atlantic, RDS2
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

8pm: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
• NBC, TSN2
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

MONDAY DECEMBER 1

8:30pm: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
• TSN1/3/4/5, RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden