2022 World Cup qualifying run by Canada Soccer capturing attention and TV ratings

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Canada’s men’s national soccer team has captured the attention of citizens from coast to coast in our country.

The red and white are working towards World Cup qualification for the second time in the history of Canada and the first time since 1986.

Friday, November 12 the Canadians took the field at Commonwealth Stadium in front of over 48,000 fans against Costa Rica. Jonathan David scored the lone goal of the match as Milan Borjan kept the sheet clean for a 1-0 Canadian win.

That game was the highest-rated sports event of the evening, drawing an average audience of 712,900 viewers — more Canadians were watching soccer than hockey or football. The Tiger-Cats and Argos had a respectable rating as did the Flames and Maple Leafs, but it was the beautiful game that beat both.

The Stampeders and Lions TV number was most likely affected by the late 9 p.m. ET start for Alphonso Davies and the group taking to the cold pitch. It was unexpected competition for the CFL as Canada makes a run play in Qatar next year.

For an eighth straight week, the three-down league checked in with less than 500,000 average viewers across the four-game slate.

Week 15 TV ratings:

Hamilton at Toronto: 559,000

Calgary at B.C.: 359,500

Winnipeg at Montreal: 358,000

Edmonton at Saskatchewan: 638,000

Total Week 15 average: 478,625

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.