Why the CFL must love the new ratings system
Week three of the new ratings system continues to produce good news for the Canadian Football League. The only sports broadcast that topped 1 million over the past weekend was Sunday afternoon's Edmonton-Saskatchewan game.
TSN says it was an all-time record for a regular-season game on the specialty channel, but with this new system we're going to see a lot of records.
Note, that was a Sunday afternoon game, head to head against the The Mighty NFL. All the NFL could do up against the three-down game was 532,000 on City and Sportsnet. Note again that in the Toronto region, that was the Buffalo-Tampa Bay game.
In fact, CFL games took four of the top seven spots, though it must be noted that the Sunday night NFL game that drew 647,000 on TSN probably closer to 800,000 or 900,000 because it was also on NBC.
It was also a good weekend for NASCAR, which attracted 243,000 to TSN2. That race was also on ABC, which means at least 500,000 Canadians tuned in to that race.
Here are the overnight ratings for English Canada, as supplied by BBM Research:
1. CFL, Eskimos at Roughriders, Sunday, TSN: 1,127,000
2. CFL, Stampeders at Tiger-Cats, Friday, TSN: 863,000
3. NFL, Patriots at Jets, Sunday, CTV: 852,000
4. NFL, Colts at Dolphins, Monday, TSN: 741,000
5. CFL, Blue Bombers at Alouettes, Sunday, TSN: 687,000
6. NFL, Giants at Cowboys, Sunday, TSN: 647,000*
7. CFL, Argonauts at Lions, Saturday, TSN: 634,000
8. NFL, Late afternoon games, Sunday, Sportsnet/City: 532,000
9. Equestrian, Show jumping, Saturday, CBC: 361,000
10. Baseball, Blue Jays at Rays, Friday, Sportsnet: 327,000
11. Baseball, Blue Jays at Rays, Saturday, Sportsnet: 297,000
12. Auto racing, NASCAR Sylvania 300, Sunday, TSN2: 243,000**
13. Soccer, Portsmouth at Aston Villa, Saturday, Sportsnet: 175,000
14. Auto racing, IRL Japan, Sunday, TSN: 142,000
* Viewers for NBC not calculated
** Viewers for ABC not calculated.
OTHER STUFF: Worst sound on radio, television or possibly anything else in the universe: The FAN 590's new theme music for its news breaks. Where did they find that and why didn't they leave it where it was? ... The CTV Olympic consortium has added diver Alexandre Despatie to its French-language coverage for Vancouver. Maybe he'll have some insights into ski jumping, since it's sort of diving.