The Canadian Football League kicked off its first full season in three years and the television ratings left something to be desired.
The CFL began a shortened schedule in August 2021 and an average of over half a million viewers tuned in to watch the opening week. This year’s earlier start did not do the league or its broadcast partner TSN any favours last weekend.
The Stampeders and Blue Bombers recorded wins in the final minute with Calgary’s victory being more entertaining. Saskatchewan pulled away from Hamilton late and B.C. shellacked Edmonton in the other two matchups, so neither score line helped attract a late audience. While the Roughriders home opener was the only game to crossover 500,000.
There is context to be added: people have continued to cut cable. TSN does offer a streaming service, however 3DownNation does not yet have access to those numbers. These ratings also do not include viewership from RDS, TSN’s French-language affiliate.
There was stiff competition against the CFL Friday and Saturday nights in Week 1.
The surging Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1 in a game that had a rain delay and averaged 847,250 viewers. Golden State recorded a 107-97 win over Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals as 266,800 tuned in on TSN4 and people also viewed it on ABC. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final saw Tampa Bay win 2-1 to advance to a third straight Stanley Cup Final as an average of 1,690,000 watched.
2022 Week 1 TV ratings:
Montreal at Calgary — 345,500
Ottawa at Winnipeg — 434,000
Hamilton at Saskatchewan — 557,000
Edmonton at B.C. — 430,000
Total Week 1 average: 441,625
Hamilton at Winnipeg: 683,100
B.C. at Saskatchewan: 764,600
Toronto at Calgary: 318,400
Ottawa at Edmonton: 341,700
Total Week 1 average: 526,950
Saskatchewan at Hamilton: 522,100
Montreal at Edmonton: 395,600
(French viewership on RDS: 140,000)
Ottawa at Calgary: 490,100
Winnipeg at B.C.: 685,800
Total Week 1 average: 523,400