Ratings For ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ Drop Since Don Cherry Was Fired

According to figures from Numeris, Canada’s broadcast measurement firm, Hockey Night in Canada took an immediate hit in the wake of Cherry’s firing and has never recovered.

According to the Toronto Sun, on Cherry’s last broadcast on November 9 when the game featured the Leafs playing the Philadelphia Flyers the average minute audience stood at 1.027 million.

Cherry was fired as host of Coach’s Corner on November 11 in a move that was met with outrage in some corners and cheers in others.

Yet in the two weeks following Cherry’s dismissal the eastern broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada failed to make the Top 30 TV shows ranked by Numeris.

Cherry was fired after 35 years on Coach’s Corner after comments about people not wearing poppies on Remembrance Day that some claimed were racist.

Speaking about how he sees fewer people wearing poppies in the lead up to Remembrance Day, Cherry went on a rant.

“You people that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada,” Cherry said.

More on Don Cherry and HNIC Ratings from the Toronto sun

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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3 Responses to Ratings For ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ Drop Since Don Cherry Was Fired

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s great news. You can’t watch broadcasts which are openly against freedom of speech.

    • David says:

      That’s not what free speech is. If you tell your boss to pack sand, it isn’t a violation of the first amendment when you get fired.

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