CFL dominates weekend TV ratings
It's long been said that the Canadian Football League season doesn't really start until Labour Day in both intensity and fan interest. If that's the case, the CFL is in for a heck of a fall.
Its two games dominated the weekend ratings once again, with Saturday's Saskatchewan-Edmonton game topping 1 million viewers. The Calgary-B.C. game was next with 771,000 viewers.
What's impressive about those numbers is that both games involved the league's worst teams, with both B.C. and Edmonton entering them with 1-6 records.
Here are the top weekend sports ratings in English Canada, according to BBM Canada overnight ratings:
1. CFL, Roughriders at Eskimos, Saturday, TSN: 1,050,000
2. CFL, Stampeders at Lions, Friday, TSN: 771,000
3. MLB, Tigers at Blue Jays, Sunday, Sportsnet, 501,000
4. MLB, Tigers at Blue Jays, Saturday, Sportsnet: 448,000
5. Auto racing, NASCAR NAPA 200, Sunday, TSN: 378,000
6. LPGA, Canadian Women's Open final round, Sunday, CBC: 252,000
7. Auto racing, F1 Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday, TSN: 239,000
8. PGA, The Barclays third round, Saturday, TSN: 157,000*
9. MLB, Diamondbacks at Giants, Sunday, Sportsnet: 153,000
11. LPGA, Canadian Women's Open third round, Saturday, CBC: 124,000
12. Track and field, Diamond League, Saturday, CBC: 106,000
13. PGA, The Barclays final round, Sunday, TSN: 101.000*
14. MLS, Salt Lake at Toronto FC, Saturday, Sportsnet: 57,000**
* CBS viewers not calculated
** Two channels only
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