CFL tops 2 million, Leafs keep rolling, the other blades battle scores big
A look at the weekend sports ratings produces a couple of revelations and at least one surprise.
First, the CFL is turning into a ratings juggernaut. Sunday's West final topped the 2 million mark and the East still hit 1.35 million despite being all but over at the half. If anybody left the game to watch the NFL, the ratings sure didn't show it.
Maybe CFL fans enjoy a good slaughter once in a while.
Those CFL ratings are the kinds normally the exclusive property of Hockey Night In Canada, which brings us to our second revelation.
In spite of what you may be hearing, the deranged army of Maple Leafs supporters is not abandoning the leaky ship. HNIC drew 2.1 million for Saturday night's regional tripleheader.
Then there's figure skating, long given up for dead as a TV ratings hit. Sunday night's dance finale on CBC averaged 955,000 viewers. Now, it's possible many of them tuned in to watch Battle of the Blades by mistake and wondered just what NHL team Canada's Scott Moir used to play for. Or maybe figure skating is making a comeback.
Here are the most-watched weekend sports events in English Canada, as calculated by BBM overnight ratings:
1. NHL, Capitals-Leafs/Wings-Habs/Sabres-Senators, Saturday, CBC: 2,101,000
2. CFL, Stampeders at Roughriders, Sunday, TSN: 2,002,000
3. CFL, Lions at Alouettes, Sunday, TSN: 1,350,000
4. Figure skating, Skate Canada dance free, Sunday, CBC: 955,000
5. NHL, Blackhawks at Oilers, Saturday, CBC: 725,000
6. NHL, Canadiens at Capitals, Friday, TSN: 658,000
7. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC: 657,000
8. NFL, Early games, Sunday, CTV: 533,000
9. NFL, Pre-game show, Sunday, TSN: 510,000*
10. NFL, Eagles at Bears, Sunday, TSN: 502,000*
11. Figure skating, Skate Canada men's free, Saturday, CBC: 477,000
12. Figure skating, Skate Canada dance, pairs, Saturday, CBC: 373,000
13. Basketball, Magic at Raptors, Sunday, CBC: 287,000
14. NFL, Late games, Sunday, Citytv: 287,000
15. Figure skating, Skate Canada women's free, Sunday, CBC: 286,000
16. Bobsleigh, World Cup, Saturday, CBC: 270,000
17. CIS, Laval vs. Queens, Saturday, TSN: 264,000
* NBC viewers not calculated
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