Raptors break viewership record

Wednesday's game five win was the most-watched Raptors game of all time on Canadian television.

The Toronto Raptors broadcast drew just over one million viewers to TSN on Wednesday, making the game five win the most-watched Raptors game of all time on Canadian television, according to BBM Canada data cited in a Bell Media release. Until now, the most-watched Raptors game was the team’s 2001 second round game seven loss to Philadelphia, which drew 916,000 viewers.

The game, which featured a 36-point performance from point guard Kyle Lowry, was the most-watched program of the day in the Greater Toronto Area, achieving a 21.9% share in the market, according to the release.

Audience levels peaked at two million late in the fourth quarter, with a total of four million unique viewers tuning in at some point during the game. Through the first five games, the first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets has drawn a total audience reach of more than seven million unique viewers.

The series continues with game six tonight on TSN at 7 p.m.


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