Record 1 Million Viewers Watched Last Night’s Toronto FC-Montreal Impact Game on TSN and RDS, Marking Canada’s Most-Watched MLS Game Ever
— November 23, 2016
– Last night’s thrilling Montreal Impact-Toronto FC game on TSN and RDS smashes previous all-time record –
– More than 3.6 million viewers watched some part of the game on TSN and RDS –
– Coverage continues with the Eastern Conference Championship Leg #2: Toronto vs. Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN and 6:30 p.m. ET on RDS –
TORONTO (November 23, 2016) – Last night’s thrilling MLS Eastern Conference Championship featuring Montreal Impact vs. Toronto FC game had it all – including record-breaking ratings. Overnight data from Numeris confirms that an average audience of more than 1 million viewers watched the Impact’s 3-2 victory over TFC on TSN (595,000*) and RDS (429,000*) – making it Canada’s most-watched MLS game ever.
Overall, more than 3.6 million unique viewers watched some part of the Leg #1 match on TSN and RDS, with audience levels peaking at 10:27 p.m. ET in the final minute of regular time.
Last night’s audience nearly doubles the previous all-time record of 587,000 on TSN and RDS for the TFC-Impact playoff match on October 29, 2015.
This year’s Eastern Conference Championship marks the first time a Canadian team is guaranteed to compete for the championship title in MLS history. Coverage of the AUDI 2016 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS continues with the Eastern Conference Championship Leg #2: Toronto vs. Montreal on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN and 6:30 p.m. ET on RDS.
TSN also delivers the second leg of the Western Conference Championship featuring Colorado vs. Seattle on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.
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TSN and RDS are the official broadcasters of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada, with coverage of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC, and Montreal Impact, including MLS DECISION DAY, the AUDI 2016 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, MLS CUP 2016, and the 2016 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME.
Through a multi-year broadcast rights agreement with UEFA, TSN and RDS are the primary Canadian broadcasters of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE. The agreement sees TSN broadcast more than 190 games, including up to 16 group stage games weekly, extensive coverage of the knockout phase, as well as the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL. RDS delivers live coverage of three of the best matches each week.
Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS own exclusive Canadian media rights to the FIFA World Cup™ package through to 2026, which includes the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR™, and the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, as well as a slate of additional FIFA tournaments.
TSN and RDS hold a multi-year broadcast agreement that gives the networks Canadian media rights to half of all games from the PREMIER LEAGUE.
As the official broadcast partners of Canada Soccer, TSN and RDS deliver a slate of marquee Canada Soccer matches and events featuring the Canadian men’s and women’s national teams, as well as the AMWAY CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP.
*Average Minute Audience from Game Start time to Game End Time
About TSN TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, Champions Live Here as TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN’s deep and diverse roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada events, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, Premier League, MLB, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, UFC, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.