Like, we wanna watch Canadian teams, eh!
If anyone is wondering why CBC and TSN want Canadian teams as part of their hockey schedule, it was illustrated over the weekend.
TSN still has a Canadian team, the Calgary Flames, and as a result scored the highest ratings of the weekend. CBC, with Vancouver awaiting its next opponent and Montreal wondering how it could all go so wrong, saw its Stanley Cup playoff audiences take a dive. Saturday's Sharks-Ducks game was one of the least-watched Saturday night games on CBC all season.
None of this, of course, should shock anyone. Neither should some of the other ratings.
The Blue Jays are hot and scoring solid April ratings on Sportsnet. The NBA continues to draw flies (58,000 for Saturday's Denver-New Orleans playoff game.) Formula One racing is doing pretty well (163,000 for an 8 a.m. start.)
If there is a surprise, it's that a world championship hockey game between Canada and Hungary managed to pull in an average audience of 331,000 viewers. For Hungary? More amazing, it was on tape delay so anyone who cared already knew the results.
Then again, it is hockey.
Here are the most-watched sports events of the weekend, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research overnight ratings.
1. NHL playoffs, Flames at Blackhawks, Sunday, TSN: 885,000
2. NHL playoffs, Rangers at Capitals, Friday, TSN: 637,000
3. NHL playoffs, Devils at Hurricanes, Sunday, TSN: 628,000
4. NHL playoffs, Ducks at Sharks, Saturday, CBC: 551,000
5. NHL playoffs, Penguins at Flyers, Saturday, CBC: 542,000*
6. NHL playoffs, Capitals at Rangers, Sunday, TSN: 376,000*
7. Baseball, Blue Jays at White Sox, Friday, Sportsnet: 349,000**
8. Hockey worlds, Canada vs. Hungary, Sunday, TSN: 331,000
9. Baseball, Blue Jays at White Sox, Saturday, Sportsnet: 329,000
10. Baseball, Blue Jays at White Sox, Sunday, Sportsnet: 299,000
* Viewers for NBC not calculated
** Ontario and Pacific regions only