In Case You Missed It: March 1, 2013

March has began, and with it have came programming plans for many of the big events this month. Here is a quick roundup of what’s happened in sports media this week.

The World Baseball Classic begins later tonight in Taichung and Fukouka. Sportsnet will broadcast all 39 games, beginning with Australia vs. Taiwan tonight at 11:30pm ET. 25 games will air exclusively on Sportsnet ONE. Canada’s three games will air on all four regional channels. The other 10 games will air on a mix of the two, due to scheduling conflicts with regional hockey. I may be wrong on this, but as I understand there is only one broadcast feed for the World Baseball Classic. MLB Network will produce games in the United States. MLB International will everywhere else. That means we will get two Americans calling the Canada-US game. For the first round Rich Waltz and Buck Martinez will call Group A games in Fukouka, JB Long and Joe Magrane will call Group B games in Taichung, and Gary Thorne and Jose Mota (my favourite team) will call Group C in San Juan. Matt Yallof and Jeff Nelson, and Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat will split Group D games in Arizona. Bob Costas will come in to call the final. Sportsnet will show all games in their entirety, except for two that are joined in progress this weekend. That’s better than in 2009 when the start of almost every game was cut off by Connected.

The 2013 Tim Hortons Brier begins tomorrow afternoon in Edmonton. TSN has more than 65 hours of live coverage of the most prestigous curling event in the world. Favourites include defending champ Glenn Howard, Jeff Stoughton, Kevin Martin, Brad Gushue and Brad Jacobs. Also take this as a sign of things to come, graphics-wise.

Sportsnet will broadcast the CIS Men’s Hockey Championship for a sixth straight year. The regional channels will show the final two pool play games on March 16, with the final on Sportsnet ONE on March 17. Alberta and Saskatchewan from Canada West, as well as UNB and St. Mary’s from the AUS have already qualified. The OUA also has two spots.

Sportsnet has officially announced their 2013 IndyCar Series coverage, as they enter their first year as the Canadian broadcaster. Sportsnet will show every race live, which I don’t think TSN ever did in all of their years covering the series. Sportsnet will have six races, including the two races in Toronto and the Indianapolis 500; Sportsnet ONE has nine; and Citytv has the two races in Detroit. Sportsnet will even have a studio crew anchored by Rob Faulds with analysts Paul Tracy and Bill Adam for four of the races. Todd Lewis will work as a pit reporter for those four races.

For those wondering about the Jays games airing on FX, there is a  reason for why those broadcasts are airing there. The decision to show them came well too late to make them Sportsnet productions. Plans are often made months in advance for any sports production. Rogers doesn’t want to show Jays games on Sportsnet that use the other teams’ feed, so they are marketing them as bonus games on FX. Of course it also can’t hurt as a promo tool for FX either.

Lastly, how about ratings this week? Sportsnet set a record for a Jays spring training game, while TSN had its highest NHL audience since the first game after the lockout in 2005.

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Friday Press Release Links

Lots of news in Canadian sports media today. I don’t have time to write about it, so here are the press releases anyway. I hope to write about CBC’s Olympic coverage and some of these bits of news sometime soon.

Sportsnet has revealed coverage for their Men’s Provincial Curling Championships as the Brier field is set today. Sportsnet had Alberta’s Boston Pizza Cup, Ontario’s The Dominion Tankard and Manitoba’s Safeway Championship. See what I wrote on Sportsnet’s coverage earlier this week here. The big news from Sportsnet today is that curling broadcast legend Ray Turnbull will return as an analyst for the Safeway Championship alongside Roger Millions. Turnbull retired from his job at TSN, where he had covered curling since 1986, in 2010. Sportsnet’s other commentators are Don Landry and Richard Hart in Alberta, and Rob Faulds and Mike Harris in Ontario. Here is the press release.

The James Cybulski project at TSN Radio is coming to an end. TSN wanted Cybulski’s show to win viewers away from Primetime Sports on The Fan 590. It obviously didn’t work as well as TSN hoped because Dave Naylor will replace him beginning February 18. TSN2 will also simulcast Naylor’s show and Mike Richards’ morning show that week. I still think shows that compete with those on The Fan are probably better. I’ll give Naylor’s show a shot though. He knows his sports. Here is TSN’s press release.

As a Moncton Wildcats fan, I’m extremely happy with Sportsnet’s announcement of upcoming CHL Friday Night Hockey games. The Wildcats are featured tonight (vs. Halifax) and on March 1 (@ Rimouski). The Sarnia Sting are also featured twice. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Jack Morris is joining The Fan 590 and Sportsnet as a Blue Jays analyst. He will primarly work on the radio, but will appear on TV as well. He is replacing Alan Ashby. Sportsnet also released their Jays spring training schedule, with six games on TV. That might be the most ever. And the coverage starts in just two weeks with a Saturday afternoon game on February 23.

Here is the press release on a very interesting documentary coming to TSN as part of Bell Let’s Talk week.

MLS TV schedule came out earlier this week. Here are the MLS on TSN, Toronto FC on Sportsnet, and Whitecaps on Sportsnet.

Canadian Sports Ratings Update: July 13, 2012

Here are some more Canadian sports ratings. Lots of Jays and CFL games to report on. I will likely post two more sports ratings updates, then it will be three weeks of special Olympic editions of this feature. Thanks to TVFeedsMyFamily for postings many of these.

MLB
TOR-KC, July 2, SN: 662, 000
TOR-KC, July 3, SN: 791, 000
TOR-KC, July 4, SN: 769, 000
TOR-KC, July 5, SN: 801, 000
TOR-CWS, July 6, SN: 727, 000
TOR-CWS, July 7, SN: 582, 000
TOR-CWS, July 8, SN: 573, 000
Home Run Derby, July 9, SN: 1.15 million

CFL
WPG-MTL, July 6, TSN: 591, 000
HAM-BC, July 6, TSN: 729, 000
CGY-TOR, July 7, TSN: 434, 000
EDM-SSK, July 8, TSN: 624, 000

Wimbledon
Men’s Final, July 8, TSN: 538, 000

NASCAR
Coke Zero 400, July 7, TSN: 476, 000

Calgary Stampede
Rangeland Derby/Rodeo, July 7, CBC: 270, 000

IndyCar
Toronto Indy, July 8, TSN2: 236, 000

Canadian Sports Ratings Update: April 18, 2012

As expected, the ratings over the past week have been dominated by the NHL playoffs; however, the Blue Jays have held their ground as well. Here are your sports ratings for April 9-15, 2012. As always, thanks to TV Feeds My Family for posting these.

Stanley Cup Playoffs
PHI-PIT (g1), Apr 11, TSN: 1.49 million
DET-NSH (g1), Apr 11, CBC: 993, 000
LA-VAN (g1), Apr 11, CBC: 2.041 million
OTT-NYR (g1), Apr 12, CBC: 1.565 million
SJ-STL (g1), Apr 12, TSN: 592, 000
CHI-PHX (g1), Apr 12, TSN: 674, 000
DET-NSH (g2), Apr 13, CBC: 692, 000
LA-VAN (g2), Apr 13, CBC: 2.048 million
PHI-PIT (g2), Apr 13, TSN: 1.442 million
WSH-BOS (g2), Apr 14, CBC: 1.038 million
OTT-NYR (g2), Apr 14, CBC: 2.146 million
SJ-STL (g2), Apr 14, TSN: 352, 000
CHI-PHX (g2), Apr 14, TSN: 928, 000
NSH-DET (g3), Apr 15, CBC: 990, 000
PIT-PHI (g3), Apr 15, TSN: 1.299 million
NJ-FLA (g2), Apr 15, TSN: 1.137 million
VAN-LA (g3), Apr 15, CBC: 2.199 million

MLB
BOS-TOR, Apr 9, SN: 1.325 million (923, 000 were on SNO)
BOS-TOR, Apr 10, SN: 959, 000
BOS-TOR, Apr 11, SN: 443, 000
BAL-TOR, Apr 13, SN: 665, 000
BAL-TOR, Apr 14, SN: 796, 000
BAL-TOR, Apr 15, SN: 611, 000

Note: All numbers are BBM 2+ overnight AMA.

I also have a few more numbers. Game 3 of the Rangers @ Senators series on Monday averaged 2.25 million viewers, the highest of the playoffs so far.

Last night, without competition from the Flyers vs. Penguins, Predators @ Red Wings cracked a 1 million average on CBC.

Despite a thrilling game, Panthers @ Devils didn’t do so well last night. Only just over 500, 000 tuned in on TSN. Overtime certainly didn’t hurt the Coyotes @ Blackhawks game, as about 730, 000 watched that one on TSN.

You can see the updated NHL playoff ratings database here. For the most up-to-date NHL playoff broadcasting news, including ratings, follow me on Twitter.

Everyone Loves Bubba (Canadian Sports Ratings Update: April 11, 2012)

Amazing is about the only adjective to describe how many people watched Global’s almost six-hour broadcast of the final round of The Masters on Sunday. Here are your sports ratings for April 2-8, 2012.

As always, thanks to TV Feeds My Family for posting these.

The Masters
2nd round, Apr 6, TSN: 951, 000
3rd round, Apr 7, Global: 915, 000
4th round, Apr 8, Global: 1.802 million

World Men’s Curling Championship
Final: CAN-SCO, Apr 8, TSN: 885, 000

NHL
WSH-TB, Apr 2, TSN2: 299, 000
TOR-BUF, Apr 3, SNO: 629, 000
ANA-VAN, Apr 3, TSN: 799, 000
TB-MTL, Apr 4, TSN: 398, 000
VAN-CGY, Apr 5, SNP: 517, 000
OTT-NJ, Apr 6, CBC: 449, 000
TOR-MTL, Apr 6, CBC: 1.716 million#
EDM-VAN, Apr 6, CBC: 1.455 million

MLB
TOR-CLE, Apr 5, SN: 646, 000
TOR-CLE, Apr 7, SN: 843, 000
TOR-CLE, Apr 8, SN: 706, 000
BOS-TOR, Apr 9, SN: 1.33 million
BOS-TOR, Apr 10, SN: 959, 000

College Hoops
Kentucky-Kansas, Apr 2, TSN: 205, 000*

NBA
TOR-PHI, Apr 4, SN: 106, 000^

*CBS viewers are not included
^This game didn’t air on Sportsnet West
#Also includes TB-WPG in Manitoba/Saskatchewan

It was a busy weekend and there are lots of numbers to breakdown. Here are my thoughts.

  • The Masters ratings are absolutely fantastic, especially considering Tiger wasn’t in contention (and barely got mentioned on the broadcast). A holiday on Friday propelled TSN to a higher 2nd round rating than Global got for the 3rd round. The final round, at 1.8 million, is up almost 800, 000 from two years ago (when Tiger had just returned). I can’t find comparable ratings from 2011.
  • The Blue Jays opening weekend ratings are a bit down from last year, but there is an explanation. Last year the home opener was the first game. It was on Friday night and drew just over a million. Considering the opener this year was a Thursday afternoon game on the road that stretched over four hours, 646, 000 is a very good number. Not to mention opening weekend went head-to-head with the last weekend of the NHL season and The Masters this year. It didn’t last year. The home opener was the largest in history at 1.33 million. That’s as good as nationally broadcast Leafs games on TSN do.
  • I can’t believe 1.7 million watched meaningless hockey on Saturday night. I really expected this was the week where the Canucks game would be higher rated.
  • 885, 000 was good for morning curling. It bested the World Women’s final, which was on in primetime (Canada wasn’t playing in that one though).
  • 205, 000. Yes I know lots probably watched on CBS. But that’s why March Madness receives minimal coverage in Canada. Like I’ve said, those who complain about it are a vocal minority of sports fans. Then again, it bested the Raps.
  • The NHL Draft Lottery, aided by bottom 5 seasons for the Leafs, Canadiens and Oilers, had an average 30 minute audience of 602, 000 on TSN and 339, 000 on RDS. The NHL and TSN have truly made an event out of something that was off the radar just a few seasons ago.

2009 Jays TV Schedule

Sportsnet and TSN have announced their Rogers Jays schedules for 2009. The fist thing you will notice is that a fair number of games won’t be broadcast, TSN will have 20 games and Sportsnet will have 124. So some 20 games won’t be on TV. There is a rumor going around that Rogers wants TSN2 to pick up some of the remaining games, in exchange for Rogers Cable carrying the channel. There is one game that isn’t being televised by a Canadian broadcaster, but Peachtree TV is airing it. I’ve marked that one off. Here is the entire Blue Jays schedule for 2009

April
Monday, April 6 vs Tigers 7:15 PM SNET
Tuesday, April 7 vs Tigers 7:07 PM
Wednesday, April 8 vs Tigers 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, April 9 vs Tigers 12:37 PM
Friday, April 10 @ Indians 4:05 PM SNET
Saturday, April 11 @ Indians 1:05 PM SNET
Sunday, April 12 @ Indians 1:05 PM SNET
Monday, April 13 @ Twins 8:10 PM SNET
Tuesday, April 14 @ Twins 8:10 PM SNET
Wednesday, April 15 @ Twins 8:10 PM SNET
Thursday, April 16 @ Twins 8:10 PM SNET
Friday, April 17 vs Athletics 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, April 18 vs Athletics 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, April 19 vs Athletics 1:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, April 21 vs Rangers 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, April 22 vs Rangers 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, April 23 vs Rangers 7:07 PM SNET
Friday, April 24 @ White Sox 8:11 PM SNET
Saturday, April 25 @ White Sox 7:05 PM SNET
Sunday, April 26 @ White Sox 2:05 PM SNET
Monday, April 27 @ Royals 8:10 PM SNET
Tuesday, April 28 @ Royals 8:10 PM SNET
Wednesday, April 29 @ Royals 8:10 PM SNET
Thursday, April 30 @ Royals 2:10 PM
May
Friday, May 1 vs Orioles 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, May 2 vs Orioles 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, May 3 vs Orioles 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, May 4 vs Indians 7:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, May 5 vs Indians 12:37 PM
Wednesday, May 6 @ Angels 10:05 PM SNET
Thursday, May 7 @ Angels 10:05 PM SNET
Friday, May 8 @ Athletics 10:05 PM SNET
Saturday, May 9 @ Athletics 4:05 PM SNET
Sunday, May 10 @ Athletics 4:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, May 12 vs Yankees 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, May 13 vs Yankees 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, May 14 vs Yankees 7:07 PM SNET
Friday, May 15 vs White Sox 7:07 PM
Saturday, May 16 vs White Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, May 17 vs White Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, May 18 vs White Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, May 19 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM
Wednesday, May 20 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM
Thursday, May 21 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM
Friday, May 22 @ Braves 7:30 PM WPCH
Saturday, May 23 @ Braves 7:00 PM SNET
Sunday, May 24 @ Braves 1:30 PM
Monday, May 25 @ Orioles 1:35 PM SNET
Tuesday, May 26 @ Orioles 7:05 PM SNET
Wednesday, May 27 @ Orioles 1:35 PM SNET
Friday, May 29 vs Red Sox 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, May 30 vs Red Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, May 31 vs Red Sox 1:07 PM SNET
June
Tuesday, June 2 vs Angels 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, June 3 vs Angels 7:07 PM TSN
Thursday, June 4 vs Angels 12:37 PM
Friday, June 5 vs Royals 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, June 6 vs Royals 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, June 7 vs Royals 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, June 8 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, June 9 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Wednesday, June 10 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Thursday, June 11 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Friday, June 12 vs Marlins 7:07 PM TSN
Saturday, June 13 vs Marlins 1:07 PM TSN
Sunday, June 14 vs Marlins 1:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, June 16 @ Phillies 7:05 PM SNET
Wednesday, June 17 @ Phillies 7:05 PM SNET
Thursday, June 18 @ Phillies 1:05 PM SNET
Friday, June 19 @ Nationals 7:05 PM SNET
Saturday, June 20 @ Nationals 7:05 PM SNET
Sunday, June 21 @ Nationals 1:35 PM SNET
Tuesday, June 23 vs Reds 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, June 24 vs Reds 7:07 PM TSN
Thursday, June 25 vs Reds 7:07 PM TSN
Friday, June 26 vs Phillies 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, June 27 vs Phillies 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, June 28 vs Phillies 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, June 29 vs Rays 7:07 PM TSN
Tuesday, June 30 vs Rays 7:07 PM TSN
July
Wednesday, July 1 vs Rays 1:07 PM SNET
Friday, July 3 @ Yankees 1:05 PM SNET
Saturday, July 4 @ Yankees 1:05 PM SNET
Sunday, July 5 @ Yankees 1:05 PM SNET
Monday, July 6 @ Yankees 1:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, July 7 @ Rays 7:08 PM TSN
Wednesday, July 8 @ Rays 7:08 PM TSN
Thursday, July 9 @ Rays 12:08 PM
Friday, July 10 @ Orioles 7:05 PM SNET
Saturday, July 11 @ Orioles 7:05 PM SNET
Sunday, July 12 @ Orioles 1:35 PM SNET
Friday, July 17 vs Red Sox 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, July 18 vs Red Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, July 19 vs Red Sox 1:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, July 21 vs Indians 7:07 PM TSN
Wednesday, July 22 vs Indians 7:07 PM TSN
Thursday, July 23 vs Indians 12:37 PM
Friday, July 24 vs Rays 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, July 25 vs Rays 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, July 26 vs Rays 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, July 27 @ Mariners 10:10 PM SNET
Tuesday, July 28 @ Mariners 10:10 PM SNET
Wednesday, July 29 @ Mariners 4:40 PM SNET
Friday, July 31 @ Athletics 10:05 PM SNET
August
Saturday, August 1 @ Athletics 9:05 PM SNET
Sunday, August 2 @ Athletics 4:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, August 4 vs Yankees 7:07 PM TSN
Wednesday, August 5 vs Yankees 7:07 PM TSN
Friday, August 7 vs Orioles 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, August 8 vs Orioles 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, August 9 vs Orioles 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, August 10 @ Yankees 7:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, August 11 @ Yankees 7:05 PM SNET
Wednesday, August 12 @ Yankees 1:05 PM SNET
Friday, August 14 @ Rays 7:38 PM SNET
Saturday, August 15 @ Rays 7:08 PM SNET
Sunday, August 16 @ Rays 1:38 PM SNET
Tuesday, August 18 vs Red Sox 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, August 19 vs Red Sox 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, August 20 vs Red Sox 7:07 PM SNET
Friday, August 21 vs Angels 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, August 22 vs Angels 1:07 PM TSN
Sunday, August 23 vs Angels 1:07 PM TSN
Monday, August 24 vs Rays 7:07 PM TSN
Tuesday, August 25 vs Rays 7:07 PM TSN
Wednesday, August 26 vs Rays 7:07 PM TSN
Friday, August 28 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM SNET
Saturday, August 29 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM SNET
Sunday, August 30 @ Red Sox 1:35 PM SNET
Monday, August 31 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
September
Tuesday, September 1 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Wednesday, September 2 @ Rangers 8:05 PM SNET
Thursday, September 3 vs Yankees 7:07 PM SNET
Friday, September 4 vs Yankees 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, September 5 vs Yankees 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, September 6 vs Yankees 1:07 PM SNET
Monday, September 7 vs Twins 1:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, September 8 vs Twins 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, September 9 vs Twins 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, September 10 vs Twins 12:37 PM
Friday, September 11 @ Tigers 7:05 PM SNET
Saturday, September 12 @ Tigers 7:05 PM SNET
Sunday, September 13 @ Tigers 1:05 PM
Monday, September 14 @ Tigers 7:05 PM SNET
Tuesday, September 15 @ Yankees 7:05 PM TSN
Wednesday, September 16 @ Yankees 7:05 PM TSN
Friday, September 18 @ Rays 7:38 PM SNET
Saturday, September 19 @ Rays 7:08 PM SNET
Sunday, September 20 @ Rays 1:38 PM
Monday, September 21 vs Orioles 7:07 PM SNET
Tuesday, September 22 vs Orioles 7:07 PM SNET
Wednesday, September 23 vs Orioles 7:07 PM SNET
Thursday, September 24 vs Mariners 7:07 PM SNET
Friday, September 25 vs Mariners 7:07 PM SNET
Saturday, September 26 vs Mariners 1:07 PM SNET
Sunday, September 27 vs Mariners 1:07 PM
Monday, September 28 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM SNET
Tuesday, September 29 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM SNET
Wednesday, September 30 @ Red Sox 7:10 PM SNET
October
Friday, October 2 @ Orioles 7:05 PM SNET
Saturday, October 3 @ Orioles 7:05 PM SNET
Sunday, October 4 @ Orioles 1:35 PM