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Is the Super Bowl More Popular than the Stanley Cup in Canada?

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02-04-2013, 04:11 PM
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Is the Super Bowl More Popular than the Stanley Cup in Canada?

I don't know what the ratings are yet for Canada, but last year 8.15 million watched the Superbowl, and I'd bet it went up this year again. The Devils/Kings series averaged 2.67 million viewers in Canada last Stanley cup. Obviously, numbers are bigger if a Canadian team is involved, but the NFL doesn't even have a Canadian team.

I realize it's hard to compare since the Super Bowl is only one game, but would a one game series between the Kings and Devils draw that much more? Would it even draw 8 million?

You can look at the Canada/US Olympic final which I believe was watched by around 16 million Canadians, but what would the Superbowl ratings be if Toronto had a NFL team and was in the Superbowl? I'd bet it would be close to those Olympic ratings.

I'm not trying to say football is more popular in Canada than hockey, I get that the Superbowl is more of an event to get together with friends and all that, but I still found it amazing how many Canadians watch.

Will wait for Canadian ratings are out, but would anyone be surprised if it was 10 million or so that watched this year?

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Pretty sure the SuperBowl is the most dominant and most watched sporting event in North America. Maybe even the world. So yes

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If memory serves, both the Super Bowl and the Grey Cup usually get better ratings than single SCF games, but overall the NHL is obviously still more popular than the NFL or CFL.

A lot easier to plan around watching a one-off event versus 4-7 games, after all.

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Probably. But 9/10 Canadians who watch the Super Bowl couldnt even tell you the names of either quarterback. They're just there for the party.

The other factor is its a set time and place. Where as the Finals is a series that could end on a Wednesday.

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Pretty sure the SuperBowl is the most dominant and most watched sporting event in North America. Maybe even the world. So yes
Not even close. Dwarfed by the World Cup final.

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If they had Beyonce put on a stage show during intermission they could probably double the ratings.

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Not even close. Dwarfed by the World Cup final.
I guess Champions League's final is more popular as well.

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Probably. But 9/10 Canadians who watch the Super Bowl couldnt even tell you the names of either quarterback. They're just there for the party.

The other factor is its a set time and place. Where as the Finals is a series that could end on a Wednesday.
Pretty much exactly this.

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Probably.

I don't think most Canadians have a favourite team until the Super Bowl game comes around.

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If memory serves, both the Super Bowl and the Grey Cup usually get better ratings than single SCF games, but overall the NHL is obviously still more popular than the NFL or CFL.

A lot easier to plan around watching a one-off event versus 4-7 games, after all.
Bingo. I've missed Game 1 before and not been too worried about missing much. Not exactly an option with the Super Bowl.

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Not even close. Dwarfed by the World Cup final.
Yep, believe the world cup final was watched by over a billion people or something ridiculous.

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People tune in for the ctv ads.

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Wait until Toronto hits a Stanley Cup final, I got friends in other cities that say they would watch that as if it was their own team just because it'll be like watching history...the Leafs...contending for a cup? Got to see it.

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Without a doubt, although this season's super bowl was a disaster.

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Wait until Toronto hits a Stanley Cup final, I got friends in other cities that say they would watch that as if it was their own team just because it'll be like watching history...the Leafs...contending for a cup? Got to see it.
Will they even be alive to see it?


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I guess Champions League's final is more popular as well.
I believe the Super Bowl beats the CL final narrowly in the viewership ratings. Globally that is, not in Europe where the CL final is by far the most watched annual sporting event.

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For many people the actual football game is secondary. A lot of people watch the Superbowl for the half time show and the ads. If we want to gauge the popularity of the NFL we should compare some of the other games. I'm pretty sure that the eastern or western final games didn't draw close to 8 million in Canada.

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I guess Champions League's final is more popular as well.
Possibly also the cricket World Cup final especially if the South Asian countries are playing (India has 1 B+) and I've also heard the Rugby World Cup final in the past along with some possible olympic events.

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People tune in for the ctv ads.
Actually if you live along the US border then in many Canadian cities, you can receive NBC for free with a decent OTA antenna even if it's an indoor one like the Terk HDTVa assuming the station is within 60-70 miles of your home and the weather's not bad.

Was working for me yesterday though I wanted to watch the US version of Sherlock on afterwards, the Superbowl commercials are all on youtube anyways.

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Without a doubt, although this season's super bowl was a disaster.
True, I initially heard the ratings beat out last years, but now the reports show 3 million less watched in the USA. Not sure if the blackout affected ratings.

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Without a doubt, although this season's super bowl was a disaster.
How was it a disaster?

Cinderella run with an epic conclusion: sounds great to me

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For many people the actual football game is secondary. A lot of people watch the Superbowl for the half time show and the ads. If we want to gauge the popularity of the NFL we should compare some of the other games. I'm pretty sure that the eastern or western final games didn't draw close to 8 million in Canada.
Well, the NFL doesn't have Eastern or Western Conferences, so of course it didn't

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Actually if you live along the US border then in many Canadian cities, you can receive NBC for free with a decent OTA antenna even if it's an indoor one like the Terk HDTVa assuming the station is within 60-70 miles of your home and the weather's not bad.
Too bad NBC didn't have the game.

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How was it a disaster?

Cinderella run with an epic conclusion: sounds great to me
There was a 34 minute power outage, that is pretty disastrous. Especially when you consider it happened when the game wasn't close at all, and most assumed the game was pretty much over.


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Too bad NBC didn't have the game.
CBS, what I meant.....I pick up CBS/CW/NBC/PBS/ABC from the GTA with an indoor antenna, and some other random ones.

Fox is the only one I don't get but people with outdoor antenna's do.

Those channels usually come on cable/satellite to but I'm surprised by the amount of people here who don't understand that you can get HD with an antenna, the word seems outdated to them.

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There was a 34 minute power outage, that is pretty disastrous. Especially when you consider it happened when the game wasn't close at all, and most assumed the game was pretty much over.
Oh wow, that's pretty crazy did not know about the power outage (did not watch the game)

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The NFL obfuscates things by reporting potential viewership as opposed to actual viewership. The game starts anywhere between midnight and 8 am in most of the world and yet they want to pretend a billion people are watching.

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