Monday, December 1, 2014

Grey Cup TV Numbers Are Down

The television ratings for Sunday's 102nd Grey Cup between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders were down slightly from last season.

An average of 4.1 million viewers tuned in to TSN to watch the Stampeders edge the Ticats 20-16, according to preliminary data from the audience measurement firm Numeris.

That was down from the 4.5 million who watched last year's game between Hamilton and Saskatchewan.

Overall, more than 10 million Canadians tuned in for some portion of Sunday's game, 1.5 million fewer than last season.

Audience levels peaked at 5.1 million — 400,000 fewer than 2013 — late in the game as Hamilton mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that stalled when Brandon Banks' touchdown return was nullified due to a penalty.

The Grey Cup record average of 6.1 million viewers was set in 2009 when the Montreal Alouettes defeated Saskatchewan 28-27. That game was played shortly after the introduction of a new ratings measurement system that has seen sports TV ratings skyrocket.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

I don't see why anyone would be surprised. The Riders weren't in the GC so numbers were down. Big shocker - not! The Riders are the most well supported team across the league and always has a high viewership. Other teams cannot compete - fan interest dropped when the Riders were eliminated. Just a fact.

Anonymous said...

No one has ever phoned me to ask what I'm watching. I think this is like everything else Canadian Toronto numbers.

Anonymous said...

The game was a dog. Calgary should have/could have run away with it. They got complacent and it almost cost them. Hamilton was a 9-9 team and probably shouldn't have been there. Hamilton scored three FG's and a broken coverage TD. The game will end up being defined by something that happened in the last minute. That was all one could say about the T-Cats performance. Overall very poor. Calgary was only marginal better. On that game the Riders with Durant could have kicked either team. This playoff seeding must get corrected.