And the Canadian Academy award winner for the Best Live Sports Event goes to… TSN for its broadcast of the 2019 Grey Cup.
TSN vice president and executive producer Paul Graham along with producer Jon Hynes were named the individual nominees. The 107th edition of the Grey Cup beat out the 2021 IIHF World Junior gold medal game, the BMO Nations Cup, and game six of the Stanley Cup final.
That edition of the CFL championship game featured the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playing in Calgary at McMahon Stadium. Winnipeg defeated Hamilton 33-12 in a stunning upset as the Bombers’ recorded their first Grey Cup victory since 1990.
Even though Winnipeg led from start to finish and the decision was never really in doubt, the television number was up 14 percent on TSN year-over-year with the average audience checking in at 3,682,600.
The fact each fanbase was trying to end long draughts without hoisting the big silver trophy had people in Hamilton and the entire province of Manitoba intrigued along with Canadians across the country.
Hometown running back Andrew Harris put on a show, Keith Urban was a big-name halftime act and the quick-strike Ticats offence kept viewers interested for a possible late comeback.
TSN’s pre-game coverage, which began at 6 p.m. eastern time, drew 1,952,600 and post-game 1,517,000. Overall on Sunday, November 24, 2019, CFL content accounted for the top three ranked TV programs across Canada.
Award-winning quality on the field and television.