5.12 Million Viewers Watch Blue Jays vs. Kansas City ALCS Game 6 on Sportsnet; Delivers Most-Watched Broadcast in Network History

- More than 12 million Canadians watched some part of Friday's game broadcast -

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Though their unforgettable season came to a close on Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays remain ratings winners. Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals delivered Sportsnet's largest audience in network history with an average audience of 5.12 million viewers tuning in on October 23 to cheer on Canada's team in their last game of the 2015 postseason. Overall, more than 12 million people watched some part of Friday's broadcast – more than 1 in 3 Canadians.

Sportsnet's previous all-time most-watched program was the Texas Rangers vs. Blue Jays showdown in Game 5 of American League Division Series on October 14, which delivered an average audience of 4.88 million.

"The combination of baseball and hockey have propelled Sportsnet's ratings across all platforms," said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet and NHL Properties. "The Blue Jays provided spectacular entertainment for our fans this season, and I believe our coverage matched the excitement on the field."

The top 10 most-watched programs of all time on Sportsnet are from the 2015 MLB postseason.

More audience highlights include:

ALCS Game 6 – Blue Jays @ Kansas City

  • Friday's audience peaked at 7.01 million viewers at 10:59 p.m. ET on Friday, with Troy Tulowitzki up to bat in the top of the eighth inning, following Jose Bautista's game-tying home run
  • The Kansas City / Toronto ALCS delivered an average audience of 3.8 million, marking a 717% increase in viewers over the 2014 ALCS featuring Baltimore / Kansas City (466,000 average audience)
  • An average audience of 4 million remained tuned into Sportsnet during the 42-minute rain delay in Friday's ALCS game

2015 MLB Postseason on Sportsnet

  • 16.8 million Canadians watched some part of the 2015 Toronto / Kansas City ALCS – nearly half of Canada's population (48%)
  • The total reach for all Blue Jays 2015 postseason games on Sportsnet (ALDS and ALCS) was 19.6 million
  • The total reach for all 2015 MLB Postseason games on Sportsnet, to date, is 20.8 million

Sportsnet's top 10 most-watched broadcasts of all time are as follows:

  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. ALCS Rain Delay in Game 6, (Oct. 23, 2015): 4 million
  6. ALCS Game 1, Toronto @ Kansas City (Oct. 16, 2015): 3.94 million
  7. ALCS Game 2, Toronto @ Kansas City (Oct. 17, 2015): 3.85 million 
  8. ALCS Game 3, Kansas City @ Toronto (Oct. 19, 2015): 3.64 million
  9. Blue Jays Central Postseason Post-Game Show (Oct. 14, 2015): 3.51 million
  10. ALCS Game 5, Kansas City @ Toronto (Oct. 21, 2015): 3.45 million

Source: Numeris; 2014 ALCS, 2015 MLB playoffs dates; Ind.2+ AMA & Reach; Sportsnet; Total Canada.

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