Press Release

TSN Nets Biggest Audience for a Toronto Raptors Broadcast in 12 Years

– Saturday’s game is the most-watched Raptors game on English television in Canada since 2002 –

– The game attracted an average audience of 539,000 viewers and a reach of 2.17 million –

– TSN’s live coverage of the Raptors’ First Round playoff series continues tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 22) at 7 p.m. ET on TSN –



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TORONTO (April 21, 2014) – The Northern Uprising has swept the nation. Overnight data from BBM Canada confirms the Toronto Raptors’ opening game against the Brooklyn Nets in the First Round of the NBA PLAYOFFS attracted an average audience of 539,000 viewers – making it the most-watched Raptors game on English television in Canada in 12 years.*

Saturday’s broadcast ranks as TSN’s second most-watched Raptors game ever and the team’s most-watched game in Canada since 2002.

Overall, more than 2.17 million unique viewers tuned in to TSN to watch the network’s exclusive coverage of the Raptors opening playoff game. Audience levels peaked late in the fourth quarter as the Nets secured their 94-87 victory.

The Raptors on TSN

Canadians can follow the Raptors on Canada’s Sports Leader throughout the First Round of the NBA PLAYOFFS. Live coverage continues tomorrow night (Tuesday, April 22) at 7 p.m. ET with Game 2: Brooklyn @ Toronto on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto

The broadcast schedule for Games 3-7 is as follows**:

  • Game 3: Toronto @ Brooklyn – Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN/TSN GO/TSN 1050
  • Game 4: Toronto @ Brooklyn – Sunday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN/TSN GO
  • Game 5: Brooklyn @ Toronto – Wednesday, April 30 at TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Toronto @ Brooklyn – Friday, May 2 at TBD (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Brooklyn @ Toronto – Sunday, May 4 at TBD (if necessary)

TSN’s complete NBA post-season coverage, which includes the NBA FINALS, is available for live streaming on TSN GO.

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Source: BBM Canada

*For electronic measurement data that dates back to 1994.  Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.

**Schedule subject to change

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