So , what does this really mean?
Sometimes more people watch the Superbowl than the GREY CUP. We already knew that.
Some Canadians may not watch the GERY CUP if their team isn't in it and / or it is an all WESTERN team match up or an all EASTERN team match up. Some Canadians are funny that way.
Just check the GREY CUP / T.V. ratings for all Western team match ups [including , Winnipeg].
Having a true EAST Vs. WEST match up makes a huge difference in a GREY CUP's T.V. ratings.
Eastern Canada has millions more people than the West does.
This years SB.
There are not a lot of major sporting events in Feb. , in , Canada.
There are a lot of Madonna fans in , Canada.
CTV , is on more stations in Canada than TSN , is.
Many Canadians will watch something for FREE , in the dead of winter.
CTV , will be happy because they will make more money showing this 1 game on T.V. for FREE.
How many Canadians PAYED to see the Superbowl?
Businesses will be happy because they can get more business in , Feb. A very , very slow time of the year in , Canada.
Does this mean that a NFL team is now coming to Canada?
Does this mean that Canadians like the NFL more than the CFL?
The answer to both of these questions is a big NO. As we already know and have proven time and time again.
What T.V. stations , sponsors , the NFL and the CFL really look at are...
The actual PAYED ATTENDANCE for ALL regular season games and the T.V. ratings because there are way , way more of those games. A 1 off championship game is an easy sell.
A 1 off game may help CTV break even because the regular season T.V. ratings for NFL regular season games are very low and CTV has to pay many millions to the NFL for those games , as well.
CFL regular season games are much cheaper to buy and their T.V. ratings are much higher.
CFL attendance numbers across the CFL was up a bit and the T.V. ratings were slightly down this year , but they still beat the JAYS , RAPTORS and the NFL for the regular season.
I can say this for both the NFL and CFL.
Watching something on T.V. for free does help the T.V. networks make more money. That is very important for T.V. contracts , ect...
HOWEVER , watching something on T.V. for free doesn't make you a fan of anything except for your T.V.
If the NFL is so popular in TORONTO as the Superbowl ratings might say for this Superbowl then why didn't all of those fans sell out every Bills in Toronto games this time and before this series?
Why does the CFL have higher T.V. ratings during the regular season Vs. the JAYS , NFL and RAPTORS?
Many more Canadians PAY to see CFL games and many also watch more CFL games on T.V. for a FULL regular season every single year.
So , what does this all mean really?
Canadians can watch the SUPERBOWL on T.V. for FREE all they want too.
And it will not mean a dam thing to the millions of CFL fans who pay to see many CFL games and the millions who also watch CFL games every single year.