The league’s declining numbers have precipitated a change to future playoff scheduling on TSN. Meanwhile, south of the border, the numbers on ESPN2 remained stagnant. The NFL’s powerhouse Sunday slate of games has certainly played a part in limiting CFL viewership in both Canada and the United States. And ultimately, in making a permanent alteration for the future.
Randy Ambrosie announced today that starting next season. The CFL playoffs will be moved to Saturdays. With the exception of next year’s 110th Grey, which will remain on Sunday. The decision comes through the joint agreement of team owners, the league, and TSN, CFL’s broadcast partner.
CFL 2022 Divisional Finals TV Ratings On TSN 11/13
Sunday’s East Final, which saw the Toronto Argonauts top the Montreal Alouettes 34-27 to qualify for the 109th CFL Grey Cup, averaged 630,000 viewers on TSN. (RDS numbers were not made available.) If made available by TSN PR, it would certainly paint a prettier picture, including french speaking telecasts to these totals.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers West final triumph over the BC Lions, which earned them a third consecutive trip to the Grey Cup, averaged 1.2 million viewers on TSN.
CFL 2022 Divisional Finals TV Ratings On ESPN2 11/13
The West Final between BC and Winnipeg aired on ESPNNews. A network in the United States whose viewership Nielsen Media Research no longer monitors.
However, the East Final between Toronto and Montreal did air on ESPN2 at 1 pm ET this past Sunday. A tall task competing head-to-head with a multitude of NFL afternoon games. The Argos-Alouettes averaged 40,000 viewers. A 0.1 rating. Down from last week’s CFL viewership of 81 and 66k for two playoff games on 11/6.
The Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are set to compete in the 109th Grey Cup. The game will air this Sunday, November 20th, at 6 pm ET on TSN/ESPN2 &RDS.