CFL (and other sports) TV Ratings

In media and entertainment circles, there was the vicious and greedy strain of thought that was more popular, and with remnants still at hand now and the dominant thinking at NBC's Peaock until late autumn 2020 as one egregious example, that "if we constrain and restrict niche content, we can charge each viewer something and ultimately MORE you know!" And then they would take a swig of strong coffee and go back and admire a spreadsheet after uttering such pablum and babble after nodding with wide toothy smiles.

If they knew anything about even recent history, this is the same strategy that was attempted by AOL in the late 1990s so as to create a "walled garden" for a "better internet experience."

Such a strategy of constraint and restriction worked for awhile but then with high-speed easier access starting more en masse in 2000 (I was an earlier adopter of a residential cable modem faster than DSL at the time), but then it failed and failed miserably.

When you constrain, restrain, and restrict en masse, you will ultimately enrage and alienate the audience. When you share and spread out and court, well look at the NFL's strategy and how that has worked despite all their questionable antics.

Put the greed gland first, and your ploy can't last unlike via the bigger picture.


The super bowl gets big ratings again but on both sides of the border. Here in Canada and average of 8.1 million and in the US over 100 million years.

SUPER BOWL LVI Retains Title as the Biggest Broadcast Event of the Year with 8.1 Million Viewers on CTV, TSN, and RDS - Bell Media.

Great for the sport of gridiron football any way you look at it, CFL or no CFL, even though a lot of people watching don't care about football, it's just the "in" social thing to do in the middle of winter to say "I belong".

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That's why the CFL should be on CTV for the Grey Cup instead of behind a cable wall like TSN. The CFL would get very similar numbers if it was on over the air telecast like the Superb Owl is. Typical Canadiana, eat their own


With such a small number watching on TSN, how could being on CTV not get the CFL a larger audience


If CTV were a stand alone network instead of being part of Bell, maybe they could have had the CFL on CTV.

They did carry them from 1961 to 1986.

Still no explanation as to why they suddenly dropped the CFL after 1986.

They did start their own sports network back in 1998.

Motivated TSN to invest in the CFL.

Being part of Bell is more of an issue for the CFL than whether which network it's on.

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Make me wonder what would happen is DAZN or another network get the Canadian NFL rights.

Might want to make them push the CFL up their proverbial ladder


One of the hold ups for the Canadian NFL rights is the sale of the digital rights(NFL Network,Sunday Ticket) in the United States. You will get an answer in the next 2-4 weeks.


Of course any rating with the pandemic with people couped up in their abodes in the middle of winter should be taken with a major grain or two of salt. Can't get better for the tely or ratings people with a pandemic I'd say. Unprecedented and maybe uncomparable ever in terms of ratings combined with this pandemic.


I agree with you - I personally think that Fox is going the other way with the USFL - put a lot of it out there on the broadcast TV and people will come to watch - I really think that over the next 10 years the major broadcast networks are going to be putting more sports in the USA on the free side - it might not be the NHL or NBA but I think that we will see more of the lower tier sports on the free side of thing just because it is free and there are a ton of people who might not want to pay to go through the paywall -


Fox doesn't have a pay to watch streaming service. They only have Tubi which is free. For other events, they have offloaded inventory to streamers like fubotv.

Lower tiered sports are actually best for streamers - small but passionate base that is more willing to pay up. If the demos skew younger, then streaming even works better.

If lower tiered sports are on linear tv like the CHL or NLL, it is because the rights are cheap/free with good likelihood some of the costs are also being picked up.

With cord cutting/never corders, only sports that can attract mass audiences are worthwhile for linear tv. Rest of the programming has to be repeats and free/low cost sports or picked up cheaply from American/global sports networks. Basically, the model has shifted to follow entertainment cable channels: 1-5 buzzworthy shows with rest being repeats.


Starting I do believe with the Inter-Liverpool match in Champions League last week, CBS put the game on its flagship network during the afternoon!

I go far back enough to the 1980s when it was extraordinarily difficult, with some improvements each decade, to catch European soccer let alone World Cup games.

I never imagined I would see this happen in the US in my life in the English language, but it's been the case on the Spanish channels on which I caught the games for much of my life.

Given the global fanbase of each side of Super League stature ( #YNWA here ), I figure they pulled a solid rating as well.

It appears at least one Champions League game per game day is being aired on CBS with the other one on Paramount Plus as in the group stage for all games.

The coverage is the best soccer coverage of all four of the major American media firms with major partnerships with the major sports leagues.

All four media firms now have stakes in European soccer or the World Cup, which are the biggest draws in the world.

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It has come a long way - I think that Paramount also has the Brazilian and Argentinian leagues - as filler - it is a changing landscape to say the least -


New NHL TV carriers should be happy!

@TravelPat1, thinking of you


Chicks dig Hockey! :woman_red_haired: :ice_hockey:


And I dig chicks. Win, win!


Now I'm thinking whoever she is next, when I meet her if she likes the NHL too, +1 on the keeper scale for that. Chances would be she'll like it more than me too, and that's all good.

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I'm always a bit skeptical when I see big % increases but no raw numbers. Is the average game 5% female viewer, 15%, 25%, etc. Anecdotally speaking most women I know that follow sports are heavily into football or basketball. I'd put soccer at a very distant 3rd with hockey right behind it. Baseball, of all the major sports, seems to have the Boomer-ish old white male demographic as their prime audience.


We are left to wonder the percentage crossover with "60 Minutes" and other CBS programming in the US. :nerd_face: :face_with_monocle:

Also baseball for almost all of my life baseball has skewed heavily to the northeast from Baltimore north, Chicago, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Phillies remain the second-most popular team here in Philadelphia.

Many cities with an NFL team can make the same claim, but to be fair many teams do get the younger families out more with good, aggressive marketing.

But not in Toronto, the Jays have a lot of families and women in attendance. Same with the crowd at TFC, mostly young and quite a few women.
It's the Argo crowd that is the Boomerish-old white male.

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