TV Ratings: Riders win the day but Invictus rules the roost

With the Toronto Blue Jays wrapping up their dismal season and hockey not yet in full swing, the CFL was able to post a rare ratings win last Friday night.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders late comeback victory over the Ottawa Redblacks was the most-watched sports broadcast on Sept. 29 with an average audience of 466,000 on TSN. That narrowly beat out an NHL pre-season game (451,000) and trounced the Jays (180,000) who were no doubt impacted by the 1 p.m. EST start time on a work day.

Saturday’s Edmonton Eskimos game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was the most-watched CFL broadcast of the week with 657,000 viewers but the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games won the day with 910,000. It was also the most-watched sporting event of the weekend.

The weeklong event, aimed at helping the war wounded with their recovery, was capped with a two-hour closing ceremony at Air Canada Centre.

Sunday’s early NFL game averaged 719,000 on CTV with the late game hauling in 450,000.

For the week, the CFL averaged 490,000 viewers on TSN, down from the season average of 510,000.

Week 16 English-language CFL ratings

Friday (early)
Saskatchewan at Ottawa: 466,000

Friday (late)
Montreal at Calgary: 363,000

Saturday (early)
Toronto at Hamilton: 474,000

Saturday (late)
Winnipeg at Edmonton: 657,000

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