TORONTO (Oct. 5, 2016) Last night’s thrilling American League Wild Card Game between the Blue Jaysand Orioles was Sportsnet’s most-watched program to date in 2016, with an average audience of 4.02 million viewers (2+) tuning in to see Toronto beat Baltimore, 5-2.
Overall, more than 9 million Canadians watched some part of last night’s broadcast. Audience levels peaked at 5.38 million at 10:54 p.m. ET in the bottom of the ninth inning with none out, two runners on base and Jose Bautista at the plate.
Following the game, an average audience of 1.04 million viewers watched Sportsnet Central’s hour-long post-game coverage – delivering the most-watched Sportsnet Central to date in 2016.
Last night’s game broadcast becomes Sportsnet’s fifth most-watched broadcast of all time:
1. ALCS Game 6, Toronto @ Kansas City (Oct. 23, 2015) 5.12 million
2. ALDS Game 5, Texas @ Toronto (Oct. 14, 2015): 4.88 million
3. ALDS Game 4, Toronto @ Texas (Oct. 12, 2015): 4.38 million
4. ALDS Game 3, Toronto @ Texas (Oct. 11, 2015): 4.2 million
5. AL Wild Card Game, Baltimore @ Toronto (Oct. 4, 2016): 4.02 million
Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2016 MLB Postseason continues right through the end of the 2016 World Series.
Source: Numeris: 2015 & 2016 Blue Jays playoffs (Oct 2015 – Oct 4/16), Ind 2+, Total Canada. AMA(000), Sportsnet National; (overnight data for Oct 4/16); Total Canada. All audiences are 2+, unless otherwise noted.
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