The numbers are in from the Grey Cup and we have again surpassed the 4+M mark.
With the CBC up slightly at 3.202M(peaking at 3.614M)from last year and RDS having their second highest ever at 810,000(1.19M in 02).
Even the pre game show got rave reviews at 474,000 for nearly three hours easily beating the NFL game at 344,000.
Houston: Minor rise in Grey Cup ratings good for CBC
Globe and Mail Update
All things considered, the CBC will happily accept its audience for the Grey Cup.
It wasn't much of a game compared to last year's overtime thriller. In this one, the B.C. Lions jumped into a lead and the Montreal Alouettes never really challenged.
Still, the audience increased marginally from last year, by 1 per cent, to 3.202 million. It peaked at 3.614 million between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST.
The CBC is handicapped when the Alouettes are in the Grey Cup, because one of the two home markets is largely French language, reducing the potential for big increases in English-language viewership.
French-language RDS, on the other hand, thrives when the Als are in the championship game. RDS drew 810,000 viewers on Sunday, its second largest audience for the Cup, after 1.19 million in 2002 for Als-Edmonton Eskimos. Last year, RDS had an audience of 796,000 for the Als' loss to Edmonton.
The combined English-French 2006 audience was 4.01 million.
The CBC's record for the Cup was set in 2002 — 4.42 million.
The pregame show from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. outdrew Global Television's viewership for its live National Football League telecast, 470,000 to 344,000.
And the full broadcast, from the player introductions at 5:30 p.m. through to the conclusion of postgame coverage at 10 p.m., averaged 2.79 million viewers, up 1 per cent from 2.764 million last year.