Riders reclaim top CFL television ratings spot while running roughshod over Alouettes

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders rebounded in a big way on the field and on televisions across the country in Week 4.

Cody Fajardo played error-free football while punching in a touchdown on the ground and throwing touchdowns to Mitch Picton and Kian Schaffer-Baker. Jamal Morrow ran for 103 yards and one major to give him the league’s rushing yards lead with 257. Meanwhile, the defence recorded six quarterback sacks, including Pete Robertson adding to his CFL-best total of seven, and Nick Marshall added a pick-six.

The Riders recorded a 41-20 win at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night as Rider Nation tuned in to see how the green and white would respond following a 37-13 loss in Montreal during Week 3. It was a rousing performance from the Roughriders and members of Riderville revelled in it live and on TV with an average audience of 623,000 on TSN. That was more than double the number who watched Nathan Rourke in the nation’s capital.

It was the Blue Jays who ruled Canada Day weekend on TV in our home and native land, posting an audience of 1,223,000 on July 1 during a 9-2 win against the Rays. The Jays played a rare five-game series at Rogers Centre — there was a doubleheader on Saturday — against American League East Division rival Tampa Bay and it piqued the interest of sports fans in Canada.

2022 Week 4 TV ratings:

B.C. at Ottawa — 302,000

Edmonton at Hamilton — 470,000

Montreal at Saskatchewan — 623,000

Winnipeg at Toronto — 523,000

Total Week 4 average: 479,500

(These numbers do not include viewership from RDS, TSN’s French-language affiliate.)

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