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The inaugural Hockey Night in Canada for the 2019-2020 season didn’t take out the CFL at the blue line.

HNIC doesn’t break down ratings by games, instead east and west or the 7 p.m. ET window and 10 p.m. slot. The prime time position saw 2,246,800 viewers tune in while the late night average was 1,021,800. The Leafs and Canadiens were the main attraction followed by Vancouver visiting Calgary Edmonton at home to Los Angeles.

At the same time the Buds and Habs faced off, the Bombers and Riders kicked off at Mosaic Stadium. The season series was on the line with major home playoff game and West Division implications.

Cody Fajardo played in front of his wife Laura live in green and white for the first time — she watched the Riders win 21-6. More than 31,000 took in the game from the stands while 851,100 joined on television.

The only game with a higher rating all year long in the CFL than the Winnipeg-Saskatchewan matchup in Week 17 was the Labour Day Classic meeting which drew 854,400. Even though hockey was on to potentially draw attention away from the critical three-down tilt it came through strong.

Week 17 TV ratings:

Friday
Edmonton at Hamilton — 316,000

Saturday
Calgary at Montreal — 470,700
Winnipeg at Saskatchewan — 851,100
Toronto at B.C. — 340,200

Week 17 average: 494,500

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