Canadian Sports Ratings Update: November 1

Here are the latest ratings. Thanks to Whitey Fisk and Bill Brioux for publicizing many of these.

CFL
BC-CGY, Oct 26, TSN: 701, 000
WPG-HAM, Oct 28, TSN: 672, 000
TOR-SSK, Oct 27, TSN: 1.026 million
EDM-MTL, Oct 28, TSN: 546, 000
HAM-TOR, Nov 1, TSN: 769, 000

MLB
DET-SF (g1), Oct 24, SN: 801, 000
DET-SF (g2), Oct 25, SN: 729, 000
SF-DET (g3), Oct 27, SN: 779, 000
SF-DET (g4), Oct 28, SN: 792, 000

NFL
NYG-DAL, Oct 28, Citytv: 508, 000
NO-DEN, Oct 28, TSN: 339, 000
SF-ARZ, Oct 29, TSN: 396, 000

Skate Canada
Men’s Free, Oct 27, CTV: 679, 000

NBA
IND-TOR, Oct 31, TSN: 346, 000

NASCAR
Martinsville 500, Oct 28, TSN2: 336, 000

Old Hockey
HNIC Your Pick, Oct 27, CBC: 181, 000

 

All numbers are BBM Canada 2+

 

 

A few notes…

  • The World Series averaged 775, 000 viewers over four games on Sportsnet. That is slightly up from the 7 game series betwen Texan and St. Louis last season ;however, the first four games only averaged 567, 000 viewers. The hockey lockout obviously helps a bit, but it I think it is fair to say the popularity of baseball is slightly on the rise in Canada as well. This was the lowest rated World Series in history on FOX in America.
  • The Pacers-Raptors game on Wednesday night was the highest rated Raptors game since the 2009-10 season. It was lower than most NBA Finals games from June, but higher than just about every other basketball game from last season. Yet again, a product of the NHL lockout. Usually TSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey is king on Wednesdays, while hoops is shuffled to TSN2. Basketball took centre-stage on Wednesday, and with no competition, brought in as many viewers as some nationally broadcast NHL games do. Now, can the Raps keep it up?
  • Skate Canada Saturday night ratings were actually slightly down from a year ago, when CTV’s coverage when head-to-head with a Leafs-Penguins game that averaged over 2 million viewers.
  • The three main NFL games (Sunday 4pm, Sunday 8pm, Monday) were down slightly from last week. The World Series (Sunday) and Hurricane Sandy (Monday) probably played a role in this.
  • The CFL averaged 736, 000 viewers this week, buyoyed by over a million for the playoff bound Riders and Argonauts. I credited the lack of sucess of these two teams as a major factor in the drop in CFL ratings last year. Seems like their good seasons will help raise CFL ratings this year. As a whole, the ratings are slightly down over week 17 though.

Canadian Sports Ratings Update: October 27

Here are the latest ratings as the CFL and Baseball postseason continue to benefit from the lack of hockey. And hockey from 20 years ago benefits from no hockey this year. Thanks to Whitey Fisk and Bill Brioux for publicizing many of these.

CFL
WPG-TOR, Oct 19, TSN: 688, 000
EDM-BC, Oct 19, TSN: 729, 000
MTL-SSK, Oct 20, TSN: 720, 000
HAM-CGY, Oct 20, TSN: 929, 000

MLB
NYY-DET (g3), Oct 16, SN: 799, 000
SF-STL (g4), Oct 18, SN: 398, 000
SF-STL (g5), Oct 19, SN: 487, 000
STL-SF (g6), Oct 21, SN: 497, 000
STL-SF (g7), Oct 22, SN: 645, 000

NFL
NYJ-NE, Oct 21, Citytv: 487, 000
PIT-CIN, Oct 21, TSN: 448, 000
DET-CHI,Oct 22, TSN: 560, 000

NHL
CGY-VAN (’94), Oct 20, CBC: 217, 000

All numbers are BBM Canada AMA 2+

First off, anyone who says the NFL is way more popular than the CFL needs to look at these numbers. Yes, many watch the NFL on Sunday afternoon on American nets or Sunday Ticket, but the three big nationally televised games were all well below the CFL standard.

I’m not sure of the exact percentage change, but Sportsnet’s LCS ratings were up over last year. Games 1 and 3 of the Yankees series was far and away better than thar 528, 000 high mark from last season. Giants-Cardinals averaged 477, 000 viewers for the six games that weren’t affected by rain.

NFL Canadian TV Schedule: Week 8

There’s no game on TSN2 this week, due to NASCAR. Also, the Thursday night game is on Sportsnet ONE this week (and potentially next week) because of the World Series on Sportsnet.

Thursday October 25
8:30pm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings – Sportsnet ONE, RDS2

Sunday October 28
1:00pm, New England Patriots v. St. Louis Rams (from London) – CTV Atlantic, Montreal
1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers – CTV Toronto, Ottawa, N. Ontario, Saskatchewan; RDS2
1:00pm, Seattle Seahawks @ Detroit Lions – CTV Kitchener, Alberta, BC
1:00pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers – CTV Winnipeg
4:05pm, Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
4:25pm, New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – Citytv; SN East; RDS
8:30pm, New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos – TSN, RDS2

Monday October 29
8:30pm, San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals – TSN, RDS2

Here is a link to the American listings on the506 (which includes commentators, for those interested).

MLB Wins Friday Night, but CFL Wins Weekend Ratings Battle

In a rare occurance, a baseball game beat CFL Friday Night Football this past weekend; however, the 110-yard game stormed back to take the highest sports rating of the weekend. Thanks to Whitey Fisk and Bill Brioux for publicizing many of these.

CFL
BC-HAM, Oct 12, TSN: 571, 000
SSK-EDM, Oct 13, TSN: 888, 000
MTL-TOR, Oct 14, TSN/RDS: 842, 000

MLB
STL-WSH (g5), Oct 12, SN: 610, 000
DET-NYY (g1), Oct 13, SN: 730, 000
STL-SF (g1), Oct 14, SN: 389, 000
STL-SF (g2), Oct 15, SN: 448, 000

NFL
GB-HOU, Oct 14, TSN: 398, 000
DEN-SD, Oct 15, TSN: 563, 000

All numbers are BBM Canada AMA 2+

So, as you can see, baseball won head-to-head on Friday, but football (CFL and NFL) won head-to-head on Saturday and Sunday.

Not really any big surprises, but I did think STL-SF would slightly edge out GB-HOU on Sunday night. The difference was only a few percentage points and considering viewers could have watched FOX and NBC (respectively), the margin of error is probably close enough that neither truly won. Regardless, TSN’s football beat Sportsnet’s baseball two out of three nights.

The small percentage difference between the NLCS and Sunday Night Football is a completely different story than in America where the Packers-Texans game on NBC had almost triple the number of viewers as baseball on FOX.

Also of note, Felix Baumgartner’s thrilling jump to earth from over 125, 000 feet in the air attracted an averaged audience of 435, 000 on Sportsnet Sunday morning over 3 hours. That’s impressive considering the first two and a half hours were spent watching him slowly go up into the atmosphere. The audience peaked at 1.25 million as he was falling. Nearly 1.9 million viewers watched at least some of the broadcast, which shows there were a few who got bored with the long wait and gave never came back.

NFL on Canadian TV: Week 7

I don’t know if I will get a chance to post anything else this week, so here is a list of NFL games on this weekend, at the least. Lots of good games on this weekend.

Thursday October 18
8:30pm, Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – SN1, RDS2

Sunday October 21
1:00pm, Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans – CTV Ottawa, N. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC; RDS

1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ New York Giants – CTV Atlantic, Montreal
1:00pm, Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings – CTV Winnipeg
1:00pm, Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills – CTV Toronto, Kitchener
1:00pm, Green Bay Packers @ St. Louis Rams – TSN2
4:25pm, New York Jets @ New England Patriots – Citytv; SN East; RDS
4:25pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
8:30pm, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – TSN, RDS2

Monday October 22
8:30pm, Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears – TSN, RDS2

NFL Canadian TV Schedule: Week 1

A new NFL season kicks off tonight. Here is the Canadian TV schedule for this weekend. Usually Sportsnet will have Thursday Night Football and Sunday 4pm ET games (along with Citytv). TSN will have Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. CTV and TSN2 will have Sunday 1pm ET games.

Wednesday September 5
8:30pm, Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants – TSN

Sunday September 9
1:00pm, New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans – CTV Atlantic, Montreal, Alberta, BC
1:00pm, Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets – CTV Toronto, Kitchener
1:00pm, Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears – CTV Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan
1:00pm, Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings – CTV Winnipeg
1:00pm, Washington Redskins @ New Orleans Saints – TSN2
4:15pm, San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers – Citytv; SN East
4:15pm, Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – SN Ontario, West, Pacific
8:30pm, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos – TSN

Monday September 10
7:00pm, Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens – TSN
10:15pm, San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders – TSN

Super Bowl XLVI: Sunday on CTV and NBC

CTV and NBC have both sent out press releases with details of their respective broadcasts of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Of course CTV will show NBC’s coverage. I know many Canadians want to see the ads on NBC, more on that later. Here is an overview of the schedule on Super Bowl Sunday.

With the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line, CTV showcases one of the biggest spectacles in all of professional sports with exclusive Canadian coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a rematch of SUPER BOWL XLII.

CTV’s coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI airs nationally in High Definition on Feb. 5 beginning at 12 noon ET with six hours of pre-game programming on SUPER BOWL Sunday (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

TSN2 kicks off coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI with a four-hour championship edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET, while RDS has French-language coverage of the big game beginning on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was the most-watched ever in Canada with a combined television audience of 7.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS*.

Fans can also listen to live Canadian radio coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI exclusively on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, along with on Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

Quote from Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports:

There is no bigger party, no bigger showcase of pro sports and pop culture than the SUPER BOWL, and CTV is very proud to bring the NFL’s biggest stage to football fans across the country.

Sunday NFL Countdown on TSN2 (10am-2pm ET):

Covering his 30th SUPER BOWL, Chris Berman hosts the special four-hour edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN from Pan AM Plaza with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. The MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski joins the crew from Lucas Oil Stadium with Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter also contribute reports throughout the day.

Super Bowl on NBC Pregame:

In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, and Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio will contribute to the pre-game coverage, with taped interviews and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, Doug Flutie will appear in field-set segments, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will provide reports on the weather and event atmosphere.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, two Super Bowl MVPs who each played in last year’s game, will join NBC Sports’ coverage as guest analysts. Ward, who has played in three Super Bowls and won two, was named MVP of Super Bowl XL when he made five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers, who is an NFL MVP candidate this season, passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s Super Bowl, helping the Packers defeat Ward’s Steelers, 31-25, and earning him the MVP award.

Super Bowl Pregame on NBC Features:

Road to the Super Bowl: Kicking off NBC Sports’ six hours of pre-game coverage at Noon ET is NFL Films’ Road to the Super Bowl. How did the New York Giants and New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis? Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it. Road to the Super Bowl begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2011 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field, and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.

Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Patriots team hotel, while Alex Flanagan will report from the Giants hotel. They will also report on their respective teams’ arrival at the stadium.

Field Set: Doug Flutie (playing quarterback), Cris Collinsworth (wide receiver), and Rodney Harrison (defensive back) will analyze the play of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, acting out the X’s and O’s on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of five of Sunday’s featured players — Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants, and Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker of the Patriots – by speaking with the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.

Steve Gleason: Peter King tells the story of former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Gleason famously blocked the punt that led to an early touchdown the night the Saints returned to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. King chronicles the challenges facing Gleason and his family while battling the debilitating muscular disease.

Vince Wilfork: Get ready, America. Here come the Wilforks. NBC Sports visits the home of New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, and discovers the surprising personalities behind one the fiercest players in the league.

Mathias Kiwanuka: NBC Sports examines the compelling story of Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School, located roughly 10 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium. However, Kiwanuka’s true roots extend back to Africa and the compelling story of his grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first prime minister of Uganda, and a man assassinated by the regime of notorious dictator Idi Amin while he served as Amin’s chief justice in 1972.

Behind the Quarterbacks: NBC Sports will examine the people behind Sunday’s successful quarterbacks by interviewing Eli Manning’s parents, Archie and Olivia, and Tom Martinez, who has served as Tom Brady’s mentor and personal quarterback coach since high school.

Additional Features & Interviews: In addition to the aforementioned features, additional pieces will air on wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of the Giants, and tight end Rob Gronkowski and punter Zoltan Mesko of the Patriots.

Helmet Catch: Bob Costas interviews live former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison along with former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree, two men who are forever linked in NFL history due to Tyree’s famous and improbable “helmet catch” in Super Bowl XLII.

Commissioner Goodell: An excerpt from Bob Costas’ one-on-one interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from Thursday night’s Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl will air.

NFL Turning Point: The NBC Sports Network program, which normally highlights the “turning point” of a game by utilizing NFL Films’ unsurpassed access and production, will examine the “turning point” of the season for both the Giants and Patriots.

Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl XLVI players and coaches:

  • Bob Costas interviews Tom Brady
  • Dan Patrick interviews Eli Manning
  • Tony Dungy sits with Tom Coughlin and visits with Victor Cruz at his former Paterson, N.J. home.
  • Rodney Harrison interviews his former coach, Bill Belichick, and goes on the field with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
  • Al Michaels visits with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has dedicated this season to his wife Myra, who passed away in 2011.
  • NBC News’ Matt Lauer will interview President Barack Obama from The White House during a special pre-game edition of TODAY airing late Sunday afternoon

The Commentators:

Calling the SUPER BOWL are multi-Emmy Award-winners Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis, while reporter Michele Tafoya delivers news from the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Michaels and Collinsworth, who are calling their first SUPER BOWL together, were recently named the best NFL game announcers in a USA Today readers’ poll. Michaels has previously called the NFL’s championship game eight times, while Collinsworth has been in the broadcast booth for SUPER BOWL twice before.

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