The biggest game in Raptors franchise history to date drew the biggest audience in Canadian basketball broadcast history.
5.8 million Canadians tuned in to watch some or all of the Raptors' Game 7 last-second victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. A record-breaking average of 2.2 million viewers tuned in to make it the most-watch NBA game in Canada.
Rogers Sportsnet hit a peak audience of 3.8 million Canadians at 9:33 p.m. Eastern Time which was around the time Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning jump shot to send the Raptors to the Conference Finals.
The previous record was Game 4 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals when 1.8 million Canadians saw the Raptors even up their series with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers at 2-2.
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Both TSN and Sportsnet can expect big TV numbers again as the Raptors take on one of the league's brightest young stars in Giannis Antektoumpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Game one is set for Wednesday night in Milwaukee on Sportsnet.
|Game 1||Wednesday, May 15||Fiserv Forum||8:30 p.m.||Sportsnet/SN 590 The FAN|
|Game 2||Friday, May 17||Fiserv Forum||8:30 p.m.||TSN/ TSN 1050|
|Game 3||Sunday, May 19||Scotiabank Arena||7:00 p.m.||Sportsnet/SN 590 The FAN|
|Game 4||Tuesday, May 21||Scotiabank Arena||8:30 p.m.||TSN/ TSN 1050|
|Game 5||Thursday, May 23||Fiserv Forum||8:30 p.m.||TSN/SN 590 The FAN|
|Game 6||Saturday, May 25||Scotiabank Arena||8:30 p.m.||Sportsnet/TSN 1050|
|Game 7||Monday, May 27||Fiserv Forum||8:30 p.m.||TSN/SN 590 The FAN|
Games 5-7 if necessary