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.