CFL television ratings sacked in Week 16 for lowest average audience in 2022 season

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The CFL was sacked for its lowest television ratings of the 2022 season in Week 16 on TSN after its previous low came five weeks ago.

With prairie TV powerhouses Saskatchewan and Winnipeg both on bye weeks, the numbers took some major hits — just like Vernon Adams Jr. being sacked a handful of times by the Stampeders. Calgary went into BC Place and did away with the toothless Lions 25-11 as that game drew the largest average audience of the slate. The East Division tilts did not help the overall cause.

NFL primetime games out-rated CFL matchups by over 250,000 viewers in Week 3. Thursday Night Football between the Steelers and Browns produced an audience of 622,000 on TSN and CTV2, Sunday Night Football featuring the 49ers in Denver posted viewership of 729,900 on TSN and CTV2, and Monday Night Football with Dallas at the New York Giants brought in 470,700 on TSN for an average primetime audience of 607,533.

The 1 p.m. NFL window on CTV drew 729,900 — the main game was the Buffalo Bills in Miami for an AFC Division showdown with the Dolphins — and the 4 p.m. matchups 736,600.

The Blue Jays won the weekend on TV yet again as 948,500 watched on Friday night, 1,049,100 tuned in on Saturday afternoon, and Sunday had an audience of 819,800. For what it’s worth, 1,339,200 were captivated by the Blue Birds’ 3-2 extra-innings win on Monday night over the New York Yankees. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a walk-off single to lead the Jays to a 3-2 victory.

2022 Week 16 TV ratings:

Hamilton at Montreal — 279,400

Toronto at Ottawa — 336,400
Calgary at B.C. — 428,600

Total Week 16 average: 348,133

(These numbers do not include viewership from RDS, TSN’s French-language affiliate, which has averaged approximately 200,000 viewers for Alouettes games in 2022.)

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