Canadian Sports Ratings Update: November 1

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

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

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

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

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

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.

2011 ISU Grand Prix Canadian TV Schedule

The 2011 season of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating begins this weekend in Ontario, California. The ISU Grand Prix is one of the biggest winter sports series, with events in 6 countries (including two events in Canada this year). CBC, CTV, TSN and TSN2 will provide complete coverage of the 2011 ISU Grand Prix. For an in-depth preview, please see this article by the CBC’s Malcolm Kelly.

CTV and TSN will broadcast Skate Canada next weekend from Mississauga, while CBC Sports will broadcast the other 6 stops, including the Grand Prix Final from Quebec City in December.

The dean of amateur sports broadcasting in Canada, Brian Williams, will host CTV and TSN’s coverage of Skate Canada. The voice of figure skating in Canada, Rod Black, will call the action alongside Tracy Wilson. Sara Orlesky will report rinkside and backstage. Black, Wilson and Orlesky were all a part of CTV’s 2010 Olympics figure skating broadcast team.

Scott Russell will host CBC’s coverage. Brenda Irving, Kurt Browning and Tracy Wilson will handle play-by-play and analysis. Lori Nichol will also occasionally join CBC’s coverage to provide expert analysis.

The seven ISU Grand Prix events for 2011 are
Skate America in Ontario, California (October 21-23)
Skate Canada in Mississauga (October 28-30)
Cup of China in Shanghai (November 4-6)
NHK Trophy in Sapporo (November 11-13)
Trophée de France in Paris (November 18-20)
Cup of Russia in Moscow (November 25-27)
Grand Prix Final in Quebec City (December 8-11)

And here is the broadcast schedule for CBC, CTV and TSN.
Saturday 10/22, 2:00pm – Skate America: Dance Short & Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Sunday 10/23, 2:00pm – Skate America: Ladies Short, Pairs Short & Free Dance – CBC
Monday 10/24, 12:30am – Skate America: Pairs Free Skate & Ladies Free Skate – CBC
Friday 10/28, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Short & Pairs Short – TSN
Friday 10/28, 7:30pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Short & Short Dance – TSN
Saturday 10/29, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Free Skate – TSN2
Saturday 10/29, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Pairs Free Skate – CTV
Saturday 10/29, 7:00pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Free Skate – CTV
Sunday 10/30, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Free Dance – CTV
Saturday 11/5, 3:00pm – Cup of China: Dance, Ladies, Pairs & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/12, 2:00pm – NHK Trophy: Dance, Pairs & Ladies Free Skates – CBC
Monday 11/14, 12:30am – NHK Trophy: Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Saturday 11/19, 1:00pm – Trophée de France: Men’s & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/20, 2:00pm – Trophée de France: Ladies & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/26, 3:00pm – Cup of Russia: Ladies & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/27, 2:00pm – Cup of Russia: Men’s & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Friday 12/9, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies Short & Dance Short – CBC
Saturday 12/10, 4:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 12/11, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Pairs & Dance Free Skates – CBC

Later in the season CTV will broadcast the Canadian Championships (in January), while CBC will broadcast the Four Continents (in February) and the World Championships (in March). I’ll publish those schedules after Christmas.