No Olympic hangover for curling
When American athletes land in Canada, they inevitably ask the same questions: Who eats ketchup-flavoured potato chips and why is there so much curling on TV?
The first answer will forever remain a mystery, but a look at the weekend ratings might answer the latter question. Even in the post-Olympic funk, with Canada's gold medal champions sitting out, the Brier even managed to beat out Hockey Night In Canada's late game. Sure, it was a 10 p.m. start in the East, but still the Canadiens and Kings aren't exactly bottom feeders.
What's more amazing is that curling drew an average audience of 846,000 on Sunday night -- up against the Oscars. Then again, the curlers put on a better show with fewer lame jokes and no bad dance routines.
While curling is building on its success from Vancouver, the NHL isn't in the U.S. Sunday's Detroit-Chicago game, as entertaining a game as the NHL serves up these days, score a 1.2 rating. That's better than the 1.0 rating NBC recorded a year ago, but down from the NHL's last pre-Olympic game on NBC.
None of those are great numbers, though the weekend NCAA basketball games didn't produce any better for CBS.
1. NHL, Maple Leafs at Senators, Saturday, CBC: 1,812,000
2. Curling, Brier evening draw, Sunday, TSN: 846,000
3. NHL, Canadiens at Kings, Saturday, CBC: 793,000
4. Curling, afternoon draw, Saturday, TSN: 773,000
5. Curling, evening draw, Saturday, TSN: 705,000
6. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game show, Saturday, CBC: 695,000
7. Curling, morning draw, Sunday, TSN: 599,000
8. Curling, afternoon draw, Sunday, TSN: 597,000
9. NHL, Maple Leafs at Flyers, Sunday, Sportsnet: 478,000*
10. PGA, Honda Classic, Sunday, Global: 325,000
11. NBA, Raptors at Knicks, Friday, TSN: 322,000
12. NASCAR, Kobalt 500, Sunday, TSN2: 312,000**
13. NBA, 76ers at Raptors, Sunday, CBC: 218,000
* Ontario only
** Viewers on Fox not calculated.