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Toronto Raptors Playoff Audiences Continue to Soar on TSN

– Sunday night’s Game 4 attracts 885,000 viewers, becoming the second most-watched Raptors game ever –

– Game 4 ranked as the most-watched sporting event this week in the GTA, ahead of all NHL playoff games –

– Overall, 6 million Canadians have tuned in to watch the Raptors through the first four games of the series –

– TSN’s live coverage of the Raptors’ First Round playoff series continues Wednesday –



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TORONTO (April 28, 2014) – The Toronto Raptors’ Northern Uprising continues to inspire fans across the country, as overnight data from BBM Canada confirms that Sunday night’s Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets attracted an average audience of 885,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched Raptors game ever, just behind the Raptors’ Game 7 loss to Philadelphia in 2001*.

Audience levels peaked at 1.46 million late in the fourth quarter as the Raptors secured the 87-79 victory. The game is the most-watched First Round game in the history of the NBA Playoffs on Canadian television.

Confirming the Raptors’ popularity in their hometown, Game 4 was the most-watched sports broadcast of the week in the Greater Toronto Area, delivering more viewers than any hockey game, and reached 20.5% of viewers.

Overall, the Raptors’ First Round NBA PLAYOFFS series against the Brooklyn Nets on TSN has attracted a total reach audience of 6 million unique viewers through the first four games.

The Raptors on TSN

Canadians can continue to follow the Raptors on Canada’s Sports Leader throughout the First Round of the NBA PLAYOFFS. Live coverage continues Wednesday (April 30) with Game 5: Brooklyn @ Toronto on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto

The broadcast schedule for Games 5-7 is as follows**:

  • Game 5: Brooklyn @ Toronto – Wednesday, April 30 at TBD
  • Game 6: Toronto @ Brooklyn – Friday, May 2 at TBD
  • 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

*Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 are based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.

**Schedule subject to change

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