TV Ratings For CFL Eastern and Western Finals — How Did They Fare?

TV Ratings For CFL Eastern and Western Finals — How Did They Fare?

Yesterday the CFL held its final two matchups before the 108th Grey Cup. The first game of the afternoon saw the Hamilton Tiger-Cats come back from behind to defeat the Toronto Argonauts. With that win, Hamilton will now have home field advantage in next weeks Championship. There was some other controversies that stemmed from the loss.

After the game a Ticats fan allegedly spit his beer in one of the Argos players faces. This led to an altercation in the stands, but we don’t want that to take away from the great performance we saw from both teams.

The late game had the Winnipeg Blue Bombers edged out the Saskatchewan Roughriders to extend their season and stamp their ticket to the Grey Cup.

But… how many people tuned in?

Well, thankfully we have an answer. Adam Seaborn reports that the CFL Eastern final drew 846,000 viewers, and the Western Final brought in a solid 1.346M viewers.

Naturally, this is great news for the CFL. Starting out the year it wasn’t sure if they’d hit the field. Prior to this season they missed their entire 2020 season due to COVID, and they were already having financial issues.

Fast forward to 2021 and for all intents and purposes, it seems like things are going well for the league.

Furthermore, the CFL Western Final was the 2nd highest rated sports event televised Sunday, sitting only behind Hockey Night in Canada.

Again, if I was a league executive, this is exactly what I’d want to see. Additionally, it’s promising to have some strong numbers prior to your biggest game of the season.

With the Eastern and Western Finals we turn our attention to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where the Tiger-Cats will have a home team advantage over the Blue Bombers. Will it be enough, only time will tell.

The 108th Grey Cup will be televised Dec. 12th in Canada on TSN as usual, but fans in the United States will be able to tune in on ESPN2 or ESPN+.

Who do you think will win this years Grey Cup; the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or the Hamilton Tiger-Cats? Let us know down in the comments below or join the conversation on Discord.

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  1. Hmm…Gridiron Football is very popular in Canada to the point that they watched the Sunday Night American game over all the other hockey games, AND the Raptors game! Interesting.
    The Toronto Argonauts becoming an NFC East team in the future will probably happen as long as Maple Leaf Sports is the owner.
    As for the Grey Cup, unfortunately for Hamilton, this will be the equivalent of the very first Super Bowl to feature the host team in it (Steelers at Rams). And just like the L.A. Rams, Hamilton is too much of a Cinderella team to overcome the might of Winnipeg’s equivalent of the Steel Curtain.

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