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Old Posted Aug 1, 2018, 4:29 PM
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Cape Breton is a 57 hour drive from San Francisco.
Shit, no wonder Cabot never hosts the Canadian Open.
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2018, 2:18 AM
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The ol' CFL double standard at work yet again. Johnny "Canadian" Football's debut (for one of the worst teams in recent memory) gets a very solid 730k total eyeballs (TSN/RDS) but it doesn't meet the imaginary "expectations"

And the huge Saskatchewan number is conveniently downplayed to the supposed Manziel "failure"

TSN ratings for Manziel’s debut fall short of expectations
Drew Edwards 3downnation August 7, 2018

While Johnny Manziel may have posted a big TV number for ESPN in the United States – relative to their usual audience – the ratings in Canada were far less impressive.

Manziel’s debut as the starting quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Friday drew just 575,200 viewers for TSN. According to the CFL, another 155,000 people watched on RDS.

While the TSN audience was almost 13 per cent higher than the league average through the first seven weeks of the season, it is far less than the massive number most people were anticipating.

It wasn’t even the most-watched CFL game of the week. Saskatchewan’s matchup with Edmonton on Thursday evening did a huge 907,800 on TSN making it the top-rated game of the season by a wide margin.

Week 8 TSN English-language ratings

Thursday
Ottawa at Toronto: 428,000

Thursday
Saskatchewan at Edmonton: 907,800

Friday
Hamilton at Montreal: 730,000 (575,200 TSN plus 155,000 RDS)

Saturday
B.C. at Calgary: 462,700
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2018, 2:24 AM
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Johnny Manziel’s debut draws highest CFL rating ever on ESPN
3Down Staff August 7, 2018

Johnny Manziel’s highly anticipated CFL debut was reflected in the comparatively large United States television ratings.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner made his first CFL start last Friday and the game was carried in the USA on ESPN2. Manziel threw four interceptions as his Montreal Alouettes were beaten down by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 50-11. Americans tuned in to watch in droves.



That made it the most-watched game for ESPN since it started showing CFL contests in 1980. The previous record was a Saskatchewan-Edmonton game in June 2013 that drew an average of 347,000 viewers on ESPN2.

Over 130,000 more viewers saw Manziel’s first CFL start than any other CFL game on ESPN outlets in 2018 – all CFL games are being shown on ESPN2, ESPNNews or ESPN+. The 2017 Grey Cup game between the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts drew 237,000 viewers.

Manziel beat out The Basketball Tournament final which has a $2 million in winner-take-all cash prize on the main ESPN channel head-to-head.
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2018, 9:01 PM
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Do the MLS tv ratings not get reported? I am interested in seeing what ratings Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver get. I am sure they have increased substantially since TSC’s championship season along with this year being a World Cup of Soccer year, I’m sure we interest has spiked.
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Johnny Football's hype is largely USA based. USA College football is almost religion down there, and Johnny Manziel is Sports leading story down there. How many Canadian know the ins and outs of his Texas A&M days? Not many, he isn't going to get the buzz up here and I (hope) Canadian TV executives knew that.
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:20 PM
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Do the MLS tv ratings not get reported? I am interested in seeing what ratings Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver get. I am sure they have increased substantially since TSC’s championship season along with this year being a World Cup of Soccer year, I’m sure we interest has spiked.
They didn't used to get reported because they were so low. The top 20 rated weekly sports broadcasts used to bottom out at 100k viewers, MLS seldom made the list. And at that time the Caps almost always out-rated TFC.

Two or three years before their championship season TFC averaged 38k viewers, not in Toronto, not in Ontario, but for all of Canada. TSN was close to cancelling the contract. In their championship season they almost doubled their regular season ratings from the year before from 58k to 95k IIRC.

That's a long way from the Manziel "failure" of 730k
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I think the top watched sports broadcast in Canada in recent weeks is American Ninja Warrior.

Last week it had 1,104,00 viewers. I think the only sports broadcast in the top weekly 30 this summer besides Blue Jays Baseball and the FIFA WC .

I love ANW!

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I find it hard to believe TFC doesn’t get good ratings, it seems they have a very supportive fan base.

Also, why do they average 80% capacity after a championship season, with the greatest player in MLS history. I don’t believe they’ve had a sellout this seaso... not to say they don’t consistently get good turnouts though.
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I find it hard to believe TFC doesn’t get good ratings, it seems they have a very supportive fan base.
A fan base that doesn't extend beyond the shadow of the stadium.

Actually part of it is a strange conundrum, unlike the history of hockey and the many years of the two solitudes Leafs and Habs, the splitting of the three Canadian MLS teams has virtually killed any interest in the ROC. Each team's fanbase is basically relegated to their city and even if they were lucky their province. They just don't seem to go beyond that.
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A fan base that doesn't extend beyond the shadow of the stadium.

Actually part of it is a strange conundrum, unlike the history of hockey and the many years of the two solitudes Leafs and Habs, the splitting of the three Canadian MLS teams has virtually killed any interest in the ROC. Each team's fanbase is basically relegated to their city and even if they were lucky their province. They just don't seem to go beyond that.
I think that has to do with soccer culture at large. People who come from other countries and are soccer fans are probably used to cheering for local teams, because every city has a local team. So to come to a non-Big 3 city here and then suddenly have to throw your support to a city across the country is a little strange, I imagine.

Course that could be completely out to lunch as well. If there is anything that is going to make soccer a more popular spectator sport in the rest of the country, it is the CPL.
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Old Posted Aug 11, 2018, 2:35 AM
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Also, why do they average 80% capacity after a championship season, with the greatest player in MLS history. I don’t believe they’ve had a sellout this seaso... not to say they don’t consistently get good turnouts though.
IIRC capacity is technically listed somewhere around 28K. I think TFC have two sellouts on the season (one in MLS play and one in CONCACAF play). Given the added home dates from Champions League and the Canadian Championship the TFC total attendance for the year if looking just at MLS matches is a bit deceiving. There's been something like six additional home matches on top of the normal MLS schedule.

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Course that could be completely out to lunch as well. If there is anything that is going to make soccer a more popular spectator sport in the rest of the country, it is the CPL.
Grassroots plays a big role in soccer fandom as a whole, as you pointed out. CPL teams beyond York haven't been having much difficulty in getting good numbers out for ticket deposits and friendly matches. Soccer in Canada reaches well beyond the simple grasp of MLS.
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