Vanier Cup television ratings increase almost five percent from 2021

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The 57th Vanier Cup drew an average television audience of 158,000 on CBC this past Saturday as the Laval Rouge et Or defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies by a score of 30-24.

The game was tied 17-17 at halftime and remained close right down to the wire as Mason Nyhus threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wiebe with five minutes remaining to bring the Huskies back within three points of the lead. Saskatchewan had two more possessions in the final two minutes of the game but were unable to generate points on either drive.

Kevin Mital, who became the first receiver since Andy Fantuz in 2005 to win the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in U Sports football, made eight receptions for 142 yards in the win for Laval while also throwing a touchdown pass. This was the Rouge et Or’s eleventh Vanier Cup title, putting them three championships head of all other teams in U Sports.

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The Vanier Cup drew an average audience of 150,600 in 2021, giving this year’s game a 4.7 percent increase in viewership. The game previously drew television audiences of 174,400 in 2019, 138,3000 in 2018, and 168,000 in 2017.

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