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Monday, November 12, 2012

HUGE CFL PLAYOFF RATINGS

Toronto, ON (November 12, 2012) – The 100th GREY CUP PLAYOFFS got off to a roaring start on TSN, as the CFL's Eastern and Western Semifinal games delivered impressive audiences yesterday.
 
Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that the Western Semifinal, featuring Saskatchewan @ Calgary in a game punctuated by a wild finish, attracted an average audience of 1.6 million viewers on TSN – marking a 32% increase compared to last year.  Audience levels peaked at 2.6 million viewers when Calgary receiver Romby Bryant caught a 68-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game.
 
Earlier in the afternoon, the Eastern Semifinal with Edmonton @ Toronto was watched by an average audience of 1.1 million viewers on TSN – up 5% compared to last year.  The audience peaked at 1.6 million viewers on TSN as the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter to seal the Argos' victory.
 
Overall, more than 5.6 million Canadians tuned in to watch some of the 100th GREY CUP PLAYOFFS on TSN yesterday.
 
The road to the 100th GREY CUP continues on Sunday, Nov. 18 with live coverage of the Eastern and Western Finals beginning at 12 noon ET on TSN and TSN Mobile TV.  The Eastern Final has Toronto @ Montreal, while the Western Final features Calgary @ B.C.
 
The 100th GREY CUP in Toronto will be broadcast live on Sunday, Nov. 25 on TSN, TSN Mobile TV, TSN Radio, and in French on RDS.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

For those that say Canada is a hockey only country... get your heads out of your a**.

The CFL is alive and well, and the outstanding players that play in the league are barely getting paid enough for what their bodies are enduring. A huge sacrifice as the players put their real lives on hold... a great league with great players.

At one point on Sunday over 5 million Cdns watched some of the semi finals - Canada loves it's football!!!

Anonymous said...

Your 2012 Grey Cup Champions, the Montreal Alouettes !

Anonymous said...

Not hard to figure why the Riders are Canada's team. Up 32% doesn't occur without the Riders in the playoffs. The CFL needs the Riders. With the Grey Cup here next year, maybe Durant will actually get a call or two next year, when he gets his head taken off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaron

Anonymous said...

The CFL really needs to begin better monetizing the rights to their sport. If attendance continues to drop in-stadium due to the ability to just "watch on the 62" plasma in your basement" rather than freeze in the stadium, then they need to supplement the lack of gate with more rightsholder fees to the teams. On the plus side that would mean the 25,000 stadium size would be workable and the league could look at expanding to further markets faster than with a 33-35,000 seat venue which of course means more content for broadcast. More teams, multiple networks.

Anonymous said...

On with the WHL.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how the games that the Riders play in are always highly rated. We'll see how the 100th Grey Cup rates. People will tune in to the half time show and tune out for the Braley show. The only time the ratings are high are when the Riders are playing.

RWAH said...

The TV ratings are great but the Toronto stadium loked only half full. Teams still need gate revenue to pay the bills. Does any one know when the TV right are up for tender and will this result in more money to the teams.

CLAY said...

WOW. 2.6 million is a huge number. Thought the Argos game might have been a bit higher but I bet this weekend's East Final will avg. 1.6 million or more. Great news

Anonymous said...

Interesting point. I would like to see preseason start in May and the season start 4 weeks earlier, at the beginning of June. Playoffs and Grey Cup would then be in October, not November. Weather is much better across Canada in June than November and that alone would help in-stadium attendance.