A Sad Day!! It's Official NFL is More Popular(merged).

http://thestar.blogs.com/sportsmedia/page/3/

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http://thestar.blogs.com/sportsmedia/

I hate this country... When my parents die....I am moving to Australia.... A country that actually has self pride.
3.3 million versus 5 million.... It ain't even close...
These games had the exact same signifigance.... Canada is pathetic... I am ashamed.

I'm not even going to bother clicking on those links.
I really don't know why you guys get worked up by articles like these appear to be.

Let me know if you need help packing. :wink:

You're not helping by publishing sensationalist headlines.

And ungrammatical at that. . . why has distinguishing the different meanings of the words "then" and "than" become so difficult for some people??????

Look, in some ways it's surprising the CFL is still alive and not only alive but going very strong and much of that is due to the popularity that the glitzy NFL gives to football.

What I'd like to see the media do, and they won't because they "have to keep baseball up there" is see what the combined NFL and CFL numbers are agains't baseball. Football wins and that's the main thing to me. The NFL should be blowing the CFL away by at least double, minimum compared with how "big" the leagues are in North America. But as I say, the wrong comparison, it's football vs baseball to me (soccer not yet on the radar for field sports and NBA finals and semi-finals are probably worse numbers than the average CHL game).

Go football! Go CFL and Go NFL and beat the crap out of boring baseball! Hey there Jeff Blair and Steve Simmons, baseball can't compare with the NFL or CFL. The Blue Jays are gonzo at some point in this country, will be sad in a way but the writing is on the wall boys, better get used it and plan for the funeral. 8)

Thank-you NFL is many ways for coming out of the shadows of baseball decades ago and now being the no. 1 spectator sport among the big 4 sports in the US, this helps our CFL! :thup:

One other thing, I think the reason the NFL has gained in popularity is because it's using more of a CFL type passing offence. So again, one feeds off the other - it's all football in the end.

I don't see why your getting your shorts in a knot about this. That was to be expected. Playoff ratings are always high and with the all to intrusive marking monster that is the NFL, the fact that they get those type of ratings is not a surprise. Don't discount the effect of CTV vs TSN. I know a football fan who couldn't watch any CFL this season because he does not get TSN. That is a factor. Reverse the networks and I am willing to bet that you will reverse the ratings. I have satellite TV and on Sundays when I scan through the channel guide I see twenty stations showing NFL and one showing CFL. And don't forget that throughout the regular season, CFL ratings were constantly higher. Relax.

Good points deer especially with the CFL and TSN idea and the relaxing and I will say the rejoicing in some ways. I would be concerned if the NFL started losing ratings, that would not be good for football at all. As I say, I think we are very lucky that the NFL became as big as it did, it was a very poor sister to baseball for so much of this century except for the last 25 years or so, thanks to Pete Rozelle. Baseball has been hurt from this, all NFL games are on TV now and it really shows the difference that by and large, football translates to TV better than baseball. Look at the Blue Jays attendance after the big hype of the Skydome opening when they were in the 4 mill range, now in about the 2 mll range, half. That would not happen with an NFL team in Toronto, the NFL is the media sports king. I know myself watching NFL gets me more excited for the CFL season to start.

Even if the CFL went caput, that would have no effect on the NFL ratings in the US or Canada, they would continue to be strong and continue to be more dominant than baseball. That's the main thing for me, the Grey Cup keeps going no matter if there is a CFL or not, as long as college football exists and junior. Don't get me wrong, I love our CFL and will continue to be a season ticket holder for as long as I can but I'm not going to lose any sleep over if the CFL should ever fold, lots of CIS football and the Grey Cup is still being vied for, in fact vied for by more parts of the country and more teams than now is the case. And with the NCAA going strong as well as the NFL in the US, it still will have kids wanting to play in Canada, little league, high school, junior, university, again, NCAA helps keep football going in Canada I believe. Lots of football hype with the NCAA.

And the Jays are only one team in Canada and few other pro baseball teams in Canada, it's dying as a spectator sport in this country.

I wouldn't put too much stock on those numbers. The network, specialty station accessibility divide probably accounts for most if not all of the discrepancy.

This is so easy to explain:

TSN - > Cable Channel
CTV - > non Cable Channel

Also, who fricking cares

...perfectly said deerkeeper...I'm not surprised or dismayed by the ratings shown here, I"m actually surprised it's only that much, let me tell you why: 3.3 million watched the CFL games, 5.0 the NFL. I like both and I'll bet that the vast majority of CFL fans feel the same way, give or take a few hundred thou, so if that is the case then the 3.3 million fans that watched the CFL games are part of the 5.0 million that watched the NFL games, and the 1.7 million extra that watched the NFL games are fans of only that league, well then, the CFL fans outnumber the NFL fans almost two to one....can't be sad about that...

...besides, to the original poster, if this minor thing moves you to the point where you have lost your Canadian patriotism then you were never really patriotic anyway, and as much as I wish no harm to your parents I hope you get to Australia real fast, G'Day....

I'm not surprised or dismayed by the ratings shown here, I"m actually surprised it's only that much, let me tell you why: 3.3 million watched the CFL games, 5.0 the NFL. I like both and I'll bet that the vast majority of CFL fans feel the same way, give or take a few hundred thou, so if that is the case then the 3.3 million fans that watched the CFL games are part of the 5.0 million that watched the NFL games, and the 1.7 million extra that watched the NFL games are fans of only that league, well then, the CFL fans outnumber the NFL fans almost two to one....can't be sad about that...

Well put R&W. :thup:

Further factoring in that, CTV reaches 13M viewers and TSN/RDS only 9M means adjusting the number down to 69% of the total, gives you 3.4M viewers.

Basically, the same people who watched the CFL watched the NFL, I know I did.

I do not care what the NFL ratings were for the playoffs, i enjoy both leagues very much, if the Grey cup this year was 8 million (wich it was) and the super bowl is 8 million that is great we are right up there with the NFL so what is all the complaning about. it will be another great year in both leagues, what gets me is some cfl regualr season games is out numbering some Hockey night in canada games now that is amazing.

Yes dup, we are right up there with the NFL and, more importantly as an overall football fan, football is right up there with hockey and blows away most other sports.

I enjoy watching a good hockey game but with so many games, I find it hard to really get into a lot of them until near playoff time and playoff time.

You must remember that the CFL division finals went head-to-head against NFL Sunday games. The NFL had no such football competition last week and had the market to themselves. The only fair comparison would be to run the CFL and NFL finals on the same day to find out which league is actually more popular.

The truth is about 4 times as many Canadians watched the Western Final over all the competing NFL games in the same time slot.

Considering the regular season CFL ratings were also higher than the NFL's, and the record-setting 2009 Grey Cup ratings crushed the 2009 Super Bowl:

The CFL is Canada's Most Popular Football League.

Every once in a while I have to agree with Billy. :o

But this topic always does seem to push some buttons.

Please, DO NOT GO TO AUSTRALIA. They deserve better than you. You are simply not good enough for my birthland.

May I suggest you move to somewhere in asia. China perhaps, or Afganistan even. Or maybe further west, like Iran, Iraq, or Yemen. You would fit in very well in those countries.

jee, what did the Grey Cup get for viewers , 8.3 Million people??

you wanna bet the SuperBowl doesn’t get near that in a weeks time??

^ And if it does, so what? Like others have mentioned, I'm sure it'd be safe to assume that the NFL's numbers are being inflated with CFL fans. I was one of the CFL fans who watched the conference finals last weekend. And I'll be watching the Super Bowl, too.