Raptors TV audience reaches Grey Cup levels

The Toronto Raptors making history has the TV ratings surging to Grey Cup levels.

An average of 3.1 million viewers watched Toronto beat Milwaukee in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night on Sportsnet, becoming the most-watched NBA game ever in Canada. That’s the exact same number of Canadians who watched the Grey Cup last November.

Viewership for the CFL’s championship game between the Calgary Stampeders and the Ottawa Redblacks was 3.1 million on TSN – a decline of over 23 per cent from the 2017 game. It was the lowest-rated game since 2001 (2.7 million) and the worst showing for TSN since they took over the broadcast rights 11 years ago.

The 2017 Grey Cup game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders, which was played in snowy weather conditions, had an average audience of 4.1 million.

The viewership for the Raptors playing in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors is likely to eclipse recent Grey Cup numbers.