With numbers like this, unbelievably to some who are doubters and not like us true believers, the TV ratings after six weeks are nearly up to a whopping 400,000. RDS is up in Quebec, the scoring and excitement is off the charts and the attendance is virtually even, down a few hundred.
Just like the article in the Moncton paper, now id definitely the time to stoke, shall I say some expansion waters for two new teams, Ottawa and Atlantic Canada or Quebec City.
Here is the actual article.
“Things are looking up”
The CFL’s media relations department sent out a release this week detailing the first six weeks of the regular-season, consisting of 24 games.
Ratings are up 19 per cent on TSN and seven per cent on RDS. The national average audience on TSN is 394,000, compared to 331,000 last season, on TSN and CBC. Viewership on RDS is 225,000, compared to 210,000 a year ago.
There’s also a 19.2-per-cent increase in offensive touchdowns, with 124 having been scored. The average combined total score of games is 53.9 points, while penalties have decreased 21.6 per cent, to 425 from 542.
“The ratings reflect the product on the field,” CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement. “And we’re off to an exciting start, with more scoring, fewer penalties and plenty of close and exciting games.”
Coincidentally, attendance throughout the league is slightly down. The average attendance is 28,125 compared to 28,518 last year. The Nov. 23 Grey Cup, being played at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, is more than 60 per cent sold out, according to the league.