HNIC ratings down since Don Cherry firing and here's what people are saying about it
Don Cherry fans are enjoying the fact that ratings for Hockey Night in Canada have apparently fallen since the Coach's Corner co-commentator was famously ousted from his long-time position.
The Toronto Sun is among outlets reporting on recent data from Canadian audience measurement organization Numeris, which shows that HNIC dropped out of the rankings of the top 30 shows across the country in the two weeks following Cherry's firing.
He was the only good thing about HNIC and now he's gone so obviously nobody is watching it— 0biJon (@0biJon) December 25, 2019
In the week leading up to Don's departure, the show sat at spot 29, with an average viewership of 1,027,000. In the two weeks following, this number fell below top 30 levels, which bottomed out around 908,000 and 1,019,000 average viewers, respectively.
But the week of November 25, HNIC jumped back up to spot 20, with 1,053,000 viewers.
And the most recent data from this month shows it remained in the top 30, with 822,000 viewers and then 810,000 viewers — definitely lowering numbers, but numbers that put it in the 24th and 25th spots, which may say more about the TV watching habits across the country during those weeks than anything else.
Wow! I really thought Ron was the ratings driver with the witty quips and rhymes and gaining a real grasp on woke culture pic.twitter.com/bgvL8IzS5z— Franco (@Franco66690547) December 25, 2019
The Numeris charts indicate numbers for the show have often been within this general range, some weeks rising above 1,100,00 and others dipping into the 900,000s in previous months and years.
Though the drop of 100,000+ viewers is notable, it may not be as drastic as some are making it out to be; and also, given the changing data, not permanent.
Good. It goes to show hockey players are bullies. Don Cherry is a bully. Hockey is going down the drain— Marky P (@Markypsaysthis) December 25, 2019
Many on social media — from both pro-Cherry and anti-Cherry camps — don't find the information at all surprising given how dramatic and divisive the whole ordeal was, as well as the fact that many fans of the show said they were planning to boycott Sportsnet and even Rogers for firing the hockey expert.
Many are lamenting his strong, iconic personality that made the show what it was to a lot of people. Still others believe the show will be okay.
Funny how all the pro cherry crowd is claiming responsibility for this rating tank like they're the only ones that every watched.— AllJoshingAside (@Josh97856244) December 25, 2019
1. You all love the talking heads not hockey.
2. Your wrong. Get over it.
3. Hockey night hasn't truly replaced him yet. They're fine. #HNIC
Many are lamenting his strong, iconic personality that made the show what it was to a lot of people. And though the decreased viewership and consequent loss of a top 30 spot for HNIC in the weeks right after the incident is definitely a blow to the segment, others still believe that the show will be okay.
As with all of the the response to the whole Don drama over the past month and a half, comments about the ratings news have been an extremely mixed bag and often focused on the political ideologies of those both for and against Cherry after his on-air remarks.
They appeased those who never watched and alienated half the people that did watch.— Mr Ducks (@MrDucks16) December 26, 2019
This is no surprise.
Only time will tell how the show will fare long-term after a replacement co-host is found.
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