Football

Grey Cup watched by more than 3.3 million viewers

Sunday's historic Grey Cup between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers produced big television ratings.

Sunday's historic Grey Cup between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers produced big ratings for the CFL on CBC.

The CFL's first all-Prairie championship showdown, won 23-19 by Saskatchewan, drew a national average (game-only) audience of 3.337 million viewers.

That represented a four per cent increase over last year's Grey Cup (3.202), and stands as the sixth-highest viewership since the tracking of game-only audiences began in 1996.

The highest recorded game-only audience was 4.416 million in 2002, when the Montreal Alouettes beat the host Edmonton Eskimos 25-16.

An average audience of 2.887 million viewers watched the entire broadcast of Sunday's 95th Grey Cup, including pre- and post-game coverage.

Viewership peaked at 3.791 million viewers, making it the 10th highest full-telecast audience in Grey Cup history.

The largest full-telecast audience was 3.876 million in 1994, when the British Columbia Lions pulled out a 26-23 victory over the Baltimore Stallions — the first Grey Cup featuring an American expansion franchise.