Saturday night instead of Thursday nights yes I agree with you :thup: , but Saturday afternoon no way that is worse! :thdn:
For sake of comparison, in the US contrary to anticipation, even the NFL is struggling on Thursday nights for sake of TV ratings but for in the markets of the two teams playing.
As VanHalen stated, maybe it's just a bad night for sports any more. DCMoses your explanation with regard to the tougher drive on a Thursday night in bigger cities makes sense too.
By comparison also for NFL games, last season was the first during which CBS aired the second 7 or 8 of these games (NBC airs the first game of the season on usually a Thursday night, which of course does have great success) with the rest of the season's games on Thursday night also on the NFL Network (except in the local markets of the teams involved in which they will still air the games on also a local channel). By November, generally no one cares about these Thursday night games either because often the match-up is between two teams that suck with little or no playoff hopes.
And I am not sure how many such games are actually truly sold out games either, as I do know that in Tampa that as usual that the team had to buy-up the unsold tickets once again in order to avoid looking bad in front of a national audience.