The 109th Grey Cup in Regina on Sunday drew a larger television audience than last year’s CFL title game in Hamilton.
The Toronto Argonauts’ one-point victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers drew an average audience of 3,121,000 on TSN, an increase of 7.5 percent. Over eight million Canadian viewers watched a portion of the game, while the audience peaked at 4.7 million late in the fourth quarter.
Janarion Grant set a Grey Cup record with a 102-yard punt return for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, kicking off one of the wildest finishes in the recent memory of the league’s championship game. The Argos overcame a nine-point deficit the rest of the way to win by a score of 24-23.
Chad Kelly entered the game after McLeod Bethel-Thompson suffered what he later described as a dislocated thumb. The nephew of NFL legend Jim Kelly completed four-of-six pass attempts for 43 yards and scrambled for an iconic 20-yard run to convert on second-and-15 late in the fourth quarter.
Veteran linebacker Henoc Muamba was named the game’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian after recording three tackles and a key interception in the fourth quarter.
Toronto is planning to celebrate the victory at Maple Leaf Square on Thursday, Nov. 24.
The Blue Bombers were looking to become the first team to win more than two consecutive Grey Cups since the Edmonton Football Team won five in a row from 1978 to 1982. They won the two most recent Grey Cups over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
TSN indicated that their content surrounding the Grey Cup garnered 1.7 million views on Instagram, 525,000 views on TikTok, and more than 1.9 million Twitter impressions.
Grey Cup Sunday TV ratings 2022:
Toronto vs. Winnipeg — 3,121,000
2021 Grey Cup
Winnipeg vs. Hamilton — 2,873,000
2019 Grey Cup
Hamilton vs. Winnipeg — 3,682,600
2018 Grey Cup
Ottawa vs. Calgary — 3,132,000
2017 Grey Cup
Calgary vs. Toronto — 4,100,000
2016 Grey Cup
Calgary vs. Ottawa — 3,600,000
2015 Grey Cup
Ottawa vs. Edmonton — 4,100,000
2014 Grey Cup
Hamilton vs. Calgary — 4,100,000
2013 Grey Cup
Hamilton vs. Saskatchewan — 4,500,000
2012 Grey Cup
Calgary vs. Toronto — 5,500,000
2011 Grey Cup
Winnipeg vs. B.C. — 4,600,000
2010 Grey Cup
Saskatchewan vs. Montreal — 6,040,000
2009 Grey Cup
Saskatchewan vs. Montreal — 6,100,000