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CFL Week 7 TV Ratings On TSN: The League Sees Increase In Viewership From Week 6

The TV ratings are in for Week 7 of the CFL season. The league bounced back in viewership this past weekend after slightly dipping a week ago. Week 7’s games on TSN saw a significant increase from a week ago, averaging 566,000 viewers per telecast.

In Week 6, the CFL‘s average viewership per game was 466,000. Down 18.6 percent from last week’s 572,000 average. However, through the first six weeks of the season. CFL ON TSN audiences are up 11% compared to 2019.

Here are the official numbers provided by TSN and BellMedia for Week’s 7 CFL games;


–       The CFL ON TSN Week 7 games attracted an average audience of 566,000 viewers on TSN, an increase of +29% compared to Week 7 in 2019

–       Overall, the 2021 CFL ON TSN season has attracted an average audience of 551,000 viewers, an increase of +14% compared to the same point in the 2019 season

–       The Toronto / Saskatchewan game on Friday night was the most-watched game of the week, averaging 684,000 viewers

–       Below are the average audiences for CFL ON TSN games this past weekend:

Friday, 9/17: Calgary / Hamilton averaged 496,000 viewers

Friday, 9/17: Toronto / Saskatchewan averaged 684,000 viewers

Saturday, 9/18: BC / Montreal averaged 465,000 viewers

Saturday, 9/18: Winnipeg / Edmonton averaged 593,000 viewers

There are only three CFL games in Week 8. Starting with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Ottawa Redblacks tomorrow night at 7:30 p ET. Followed by two Friday games, Montreal at Toronto at 7:30 pm ET and Saskatchewan at BC at 10:30 pm ET.


The CFL is also airing weekly games on ESPN+ and ESPNNews. But because Nielsen Media Research no longer monitors ESPN News ratings. There are no official numbers made available by the network. Nielsen monitors only games on ESPN & ESPN2.

The only remaining ESPN2 regular-season telecast of a CFL game is this Friday, September 24th, between Saskatchewan and BC. The following ESPN2 broadcast will occur in the playoffs on November 28th, with the Eastern Semi-Final. Followed by the broadcast of The 108th Grey Cup, which will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, December 12th.

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  1. David Tress

    September 21, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    If the CFL really wanted to improve its tv ratings they would reinstate Johnny Manziel, and sign Tim Tebow and Cam Newton.

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