Regular-season CFL game beats out record-setting Wimbledon
For all those legions of CFL-haters who contend that no one outside of a few prairie hicks and small-town types care a whit about three-down football, we present the following evidence:
Friday's night home opener in Regina, an entertaining game between the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders, was the most-watched sports event of the weekend as it drew an average of 457,000 viewers to TSN. More amazing, it topped Roger Federer's record-setting Wimbledon victory on Sunday -- a broadcast that was filled with emotion, great tennis and history.
This isn't all that unusual. CFL games routinely outdraw a lot of sports, including the hallowed NFL.
What was unusual, though, was the fact that the Calgary Stampede rodeo derby on Saturday night attracted more viewers to CBC than Saturday's women's final at Wimbledon. It might have been a blip, but it probably says more about the waning popularity of tennis than any huge increase in rodeo interest.
Here are the weekend English-language sports ratings, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research overnight figures:
2. Tennis, Wimbledon men's final, Sunday, Global/NBC: 384,000
3. Baseball, Blue Jays at Yankees, Saturday, Sportsnet: 273,000
4. Baseball, Blue Jays at Yankees, Sunday, Sportsnet: 267,000
5. Rodeo, Calgary Stampede, Saturday, CBC: 230,000
6. Tennis, Wimbledon women's final, Saturday, Global/NBC: 227,000
7. Baseball, Phillies at Mets, Saturday, Sportsnet: 205,000
8. Baseball, Blue Jays at Yankees, Friday, Sportsnet: 184,000
9. Rodeo, Calgary Stampede, Friday, CBC: 107,000
10. Baseball, Rays at Rangers, Sunday, Sportsnet: 81,000