CFL regular season television ratings increase over 11 percent in 2023 on TSN

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The Canadian Football League had growth in its television ratings this season, increasing 11.9 percent year-over-year from 2022.

The league’s 81 regular season games drew an average audience of 483,900 on TSN over the course of the 2023 schedule, not including French-language broadcasts from RDS or streaming.

TSN’s highest single-game rating of 975,000 occurred when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visited the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the annual Labour Day Classic. The lowest rating of 200,900 came when the Montreal Alouettes visited the Ottawa Redblacks on September 30.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders had the strongest English-language ratings on a team-by-team basis, followed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, B.C. Lions, Edmonton Elks, Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks and Montreal Alouettes. When French-language figures are taken into account, the Alouettes place third-best television for TV audience in the CFL.

Last year, the league’s regular season games drew an average audience of 432,300.

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