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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.
Me, too. I knew the S.R.R. not being in the game would hurt the ratings. I thought the better game would help but...
The riders have the most fans of any team so that doesn't help with them not in it, nor the game not played in Saskatchwan. So no surprise the numbers are down of course.
Be interesting to see how many watched in the states. My guess around 350,000 to 400,000. Went to ESPN site, there was a fair amount of talk about the game especially the penalty at the end of the game and the hit on Maver. Overall they were given good reviews.
Baseball and NBA finals were down as well and I think by a bigger percentage.
Not an embarrassing number at all, you can't always have a Grey Cup that breaks records, without the Riders in it the numbers won't be as high. Good numbers overall, not bad!
I agree Calgary - not bad at all. I was just hoping for a bit of a bump with the closer finish than the last couple of cups.
If Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or the SRR were in it, I would expect bigger numbers but Hamilton vs Calgary - two of the smaller markets. I am okay with the numbers.
It was a good game, but this season overall had too much of a negative vibe to it going into the GC that I did not expect much even if it was the alltime greatest game ever played.
It still is a very good number. Almost one in three Canadians watched at least some of the Grey Cup. There are very few broadcasts of anything that can approach that. :thup: