As the last thread on this popular topic had run since 2016, it’s time for a new thread for 2023.
Post here about television ratings, as in the regular large screen.
Please post separately in the streaming thread for any streaming media news, miscellaneous entertainment industry news, and gambling news.
@TravelPat1 - a tip of the hat to you wherever you are now and all the best for the contributions in the prior thread and otherwise.
Here’s a fitting first post for 2023:
There was plenty of competition on TV for Thursday night’s CFL opener, which was beyond the league’s control. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 3-2 with 876,700 people tuning in on Sportsnet. 1,660,100 watched Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sportsnet and CBC as the Florida Panthers edged the Las Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in overtime.
And so the TV ratings (in Canada) for the CFL were unsurprisingly AWFUL for the opener in Calgary on Thursday night.
But then the ratings recovered and were more than decent all weekend on each night.
As this season started earlier than ever, we shall see the impact on TV ratings throughout June.
I love hockey but couldn’t care less about who won between the Knights and Panthers. Basically a non-event for me. I would imagine Rogers and Sportsnet didn’t fare well with this matchup. Paolo, CFL ain’t the only one not doing itself any favours. And…
Paolo I see you posted as well in the old thread but as your intention to start a new thread after 7 years is clear I will close the old thread. We don’t need two going and 7 years is a long time for one thread.
Not surprised at the Riders - Bombers ratings. TV ratings always high when the Riders are playing.
I would like to see the regional breakdown for some of these games, only 264k for the Argo/Ticats? the lowest rated game last week, I wonder how many were watching in the Toronto area.
That’s two Thursday night games in a row with low ratings.
The Bombers/Riders were expected with the teams with the largest viewing audiences playing. I thought they might even be a little higher but Friday evening isn’t ideal in Winnipeg when our temps have been over 40 with the humidex for much of the last 10 days or so. People want to get out of the city to the lakes.
The ratings for the Ticats/Argos game can only be described as atrocious. I’ll be polite in saying that every Argo fan must be a member of this forum while half of the Hamilton fans are also members.
The ratings were also hurt by the Montreal bye. I have noticed that most weeks the combined TSN/RDS numbers are at least third, sometimes second. The other eastern teams need to step it up.
Not really, the week 1 Montreal/Ottawa was 452k combined. That was behind all the other games except the Thursday night BC/Calgary game.
I wouldn’t get hung up on all these TV ratings numbers, so many people have cut the cord and no longer use satellite/cable. People are signing up for TSN on-line and I don’t think they can track the streaming. But I could be wrong
Well these are the only numbers we have to work with for now.
You would think that they should be able to track the streaming but I don’t know if they do either. I imagine those numbers at present would still be very low and not make an appreciable impact on the overall numbers.
If they could track streaming I expect ir would be much more detailed and accurate than what they have now. They should know to the second how long people were logged into the stream and whether they watched early or late. Much more powerful information and for advertisers too.
The problem with tracking internet viewers is that if you use a vpn they won’t be able to track where you are.
I would think there are a lot of viewers who cut the cord and don’t want to subscribe to TSN so they watch on CFL+ with a vpn
There may be a lot of viewers in different areas and outside of the country that use a vpn and no doubt that will grow, but I personally don’t know of even one person in Winnipeg who does that.
I am sure some do but in our area TSN is very cheap and is bundled with HBO and Crave for about $25 a month so I think to date it is hardly worth not paying as many including myself want the other channels and movies as well. Sort of like rolling sports Netflix and HBO into one and having Crave takes away the need to pay for Netflix or Prime so it’s hard to beat that deal. I am sure the good times in that regard won’t last.
You all where you live have the best cable deal I have ever heard of there for sake of the regular TV portion. I would go with a deal like that if I had one, but most don’t and the cable deals now are not only generally worse but the content is worse than ever as well.
There’s also much on currently bloated cable lineups and menus that is simply otherwise already free elsewhere, but they are packaging it for you as if doing you some favour.
The cable industry still does not get it that overwhelmingly most people have not wanted a bloated “bundle” for over a decade, and well here they are facing their rightful fate in more places than ever.
And perhaps like you and others, for the internet, I wrap the internet portion under my business and write off a majority of it because I do use it mostly for business purposes.
In reality at home the internet has been akin to a utility since 2000 for me and not as originally mass-marketed as residential entertainment. The cable companies never wanted to be primarily internet service companies and had resisted that dominant trend until the pandemic as well.