Eskimos and Blue Bombers close behind heading into final week of 2016 regular season

The Canadian Football League (CFL) released today the updated national television ratings heading into the final week of the 2016 CFL regular season.

The Farewell to Mosaic game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions was the most-watched CFL game in Week 19, with an average of 779,000 and a total of 2.3 million Canadian viewers tuning into the final game at Mosaic Stadium. Those averages propelled the Riders (628,000) and Lions (591,000) into first and fourth place respectively in the season TV ratings standings.

The Edmonton Eskimos (626,000) fell from first to second, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (613,000) remain in third. 

Although all six 2016 Grey Cup playoff teams have been determined, there are still many playoff positioning questions that remain unanswered.

Winnipeg travels to the nation’s capital to complete the home-and-home series with the REDBLACKS. The Blue Bombers are looking to bounce back from last week’s 23-10 loss against Ottawa, and in doing so could host their first playoff game since 2011. Ottawa has wrapped up first place in the East Division and will host the Eastern Final.

To close out the 2016 regular season, Saturday features a massive CFL triple-header beginning at Tim Hortons Field when the Tiger-Cats play host to the Montreal Alouettes. Following the 1pm ET kickoff in Hamilton, the Toronto Argonauts head to Edmonton for 2016’s final Live Mic Broadcast at 4pm ET. The regular season finale takes place at BC Place when the Lions, who hold their own fate with a win or a tie to host the Western Semi-Final, tangle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7pm ET.

Limited tickets are still available to the Eastern Semi-Final in Hamilton, the Eastern Final in Ottawa, and the Western Final in Calgary.

Source: Numeris


Paulo Senra

Director, Communications, Canadian Football League

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