Canadian TV Ratings: June 15-21, 2015

The June 15 episode of So You Think You Can Dance had no chance up against the Women’s World Cup and the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It got shifted to CTV Two to make room for the Women’s World Cup on CTV, and it drew only 656,000 viewers. That’s down from the over 1.1 million it drew the week before.

A few of the summer’s other top shows took a bit of a hit as well, but nowhere near as dramatic as what So You Think You Can Dance faced. America’s Got Talent, MasterChef and Rookie Blue shed a few viewers when compared to their broadcasts the week before.

Outside of those shows, most of Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week of June 15 consists of a lot of news broadcasts and quite a few reruns of cop shows. Things are indeed quite dry during the summer months.

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Press Release: Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO

Treehouse (logo via Wikimedia)
Treehouse (logo via Wikimedia)

(Toronto, Canada) As part of Corus Entertainment’s expanding digital content roll out, the company is launching a full suite of TV Everywhere apps for its kids television brands starting with TreehouseGO. Fans of Treehouse, Canada’s #1 preschool network, will have access to their favourite Treehouse shows anytime, anywhere with the launch of TreehouseGO for mobile devices and tablets. Designed for kids 2 to 6, TreehouseGO is playful and easy for kids to navigate, and above all, gives them on-the-go access in the same fun, safe and trusted Treehouse environment that parents know and love. The app, free to Treehouse TV subscribers, will be continually updated with the most popular and current Treehouse series such as Dora and Friends, Little Charmers, Octonauts, Toopy & Binoo, Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight. Visit for more information.

“We’re thrilled to begin rolling out a full suite of Corus Kids brands specially optimized for mobile devices, beginning with TreehouseGO,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “These apps ensure that our content is everywhere consumers are and available to them whenever and wherever they want it. Parents and kids will love the flexibility of being able to watch their favourite entertainment on the go with the TreehouseGO experience that mirrors the full, rich environment of Canada’s #1 television brand for young kids.”

TreehouseGO is the first of several apps Corus is launching to ensure audiences have convenient access to their favourite brands and content anywhere, anytime. Corus’ apps will be available free to subscribers of its TV services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of current programming that they can view, download and live stream.

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CBC (logo via CBC)
CBC (logo via CBC)

The foot-stomping, heart-pounding action of The Calgary Stampede returns to CBC this week with live daily coverage presented by GMC on CBC-TV and throughout the 10-day event beginning this Friday. Known as the greatest outdoor show on earth, The Calgary Stampede is the world’s richest tournament-style rodeo with top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls competing for more than $2 million in prizes, and the thrilling rangeland derby with a purse of more than $1.15 million.

CBC-TV and will have coverage of all of the exciting events that make up The Calgary Stampede, including this Friday’s Calgary Stampede Parade as well as Championship Weekend featuring Wild Card Saturday and Showdown Sunday (July 11 and 12, respectively). Daily broadcasts will include rangeland derby and rodeo coverage on, as well as a nightly wrap-up show on CBC-TV.

Coverage of the Calgary Stampede Parade begins at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on and on CBC-TV in Southern Alberta this Friday, hosted by CBC’s Pan Am Games afternoon host Andi Petrillo, and Jonny Harris, star of CBC’s Still Standing and Murdoch Mysteries, with Heartland star Amber Marshall joining the broadcast team as a reporter along the parade route. An encore broadcast of the parade will air nationally on CBC-TV and on Saturday, July 4 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Petrillo will also host CBC’s coverage from the Stampede grounds on the opening Saturday (July 4th) and Ron MacLean will host coverage the following Saturday and Sunday, Championship Weekend. Legendary rodeo announcer Bob Tallman will join MacLean as a special guest for added analysis and commentary on Championship Sunday.

Press Release: TSN Lets the Free Agent Fireworks Fly: FREE AGENT FRENZY Airs Live on Canada Day

TSN (logo via Wikimedia)
TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 30, 2015) – TSN is Canada’s go-to destination for news and analysis from the opening of the NHL free agent market with FREE AGENT FRENZY (#FAF) – TSN’s signature seven hour event. The industry’s most-watched and most-trusted source for hockey news and analysis, FREE AGENT FRENZY begins Wednesday, July 1 at 11 a.m. ET on TSN to prime fans for the first rush of signings at 12 noon ET.

TSN subscribers can access live streaming and on-demand viewing of TSN’s FREE AGENT FRENZY coverage via TSN GO.

The network also complements its ninth annual FREE AGENT FRENZY with extensive coverage on SPORTSCENTRE and TSN Digital platforms.

FREE AGENT FRENZY made its debut in 2006 and has become a Canada Day tradition for hockey fans across the country. This year, the FREE AGENT FRENZY broadcast is part of a jam-packed Canada Day of marquee live sporting events including the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ semifinal, multi-court coverage of WIMBLEDON, and more.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: June 26-28, 2015

The NHL Entry Draft ate into the Jays ratings on Friday (logo via Wikimedia)
After a few weeks of some impressive ratings, the numbers for the Jays are tapering off a bit. The Jays game on June 19 drew over a million viewers on Sportsnet, but only 481,000 tuned in for the game on Friday. That was likely because the game got shifted over to Sportsnet One to make way for the NHL Entry Draft on Sportsnet. A million viewers tuned in for the draft, and it is almost certainly why the Jays ratings took a tumultuous fall.

If the NHL Entry Draft wasn’t on, however, I bet the Jays would’ve seen a modest dip anyway. The Jays game on Saturday drew 752,000 and 767,000 watched Sunday’s game, but the Jays games drew over 800,000 viewers on both Saturday and Sunday the week before.

The Women’s World Cup, on the other hand, continued to surge. Canada’s game against England drew over three million viewers on CTV, and that’s not too shabby when you consider that Canada’s match against Switzerland garnered 2.6 million viewers on Sunday, June 21.

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Press Release: It’s Time for Tim & Sid…On TV

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)
Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 29, 2015) Match Game: Tim & Sid premiering on Canada Day is bigger than ________? Hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro are ready to “edutain” the sports masses with the arrival of their new TV show Tim & Sid, premiering on Wednesday, July 1 on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific immediately following the Toronto Blue Jays game. Beginning July 2, Tim & Sid will be seen at its regular scheduled time, weeknights at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The new, two-hour program will be broadcast live from the new Tim & Sid studio in Toronto. Based on Micallef and Seixeiro’s immensely popular sports-talk radio show Tim & Sid that aired on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and was simulcast on Sportsnet 360, the new TV series includes a mix of in-depth sports analysis, fan-favourite classics, and compelling guests.

The show’s premiere episode will delve into the major sports headlines of the day. Features and guests include:

  • Appearances by Donovan Bailey and Russell Martin
  • Sportsnet’s  Elliotte Friedman, Nick Kypreos, and Daren Millard will go in-depth on the big moves and news from NHL Free Agency
  • A special video essay by Sportsnet’s Stephen Brunt that introduces Micallef and Seixeiro to their new viewers
  • In honour of Canada Day, Tim & Sid celebrate our greatest Canadian sports moments

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Press Release: Anchors Aweigh! Discovery’s Canadian-Produced Mega Hit MIGHTY SHIPS Sets Sail for Season 8, July 19

Discovery (logo via Wikimedia)
Discovery (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 29, 2015)MIGHTY SHIPS is set to shove off for its epic eighth season, delivering an unparalleled stem-to-stern journey alongside the world’s most sophisticated vessels, premiering Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT exclusively on Discovery. The long-running Canadian mega-hit series, produced by Bell Media’s Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery and seen in more than 150 territories around the world, uses stunning cinematography to capture the spectacular scale and innovation behind everything from luxurious cruise ships and cargo haulers to warships and oil drilling rigs, along with the navigational challenges of stormy seas and extreme weather.

Season 8 kicks off with twice the might, featuring all-new back-to-back episodes showcasing “Quantum of the Seas” – the world’s most deluxe cruise ship, boasting extreme sports facilities and an observation pod that takes guests to staggering, skyscraper heights. And battening down the hatches for the second episode of the evening, “Hawk” takes viewers aboard one of the world’s most powerful semi-submersible transports – a vessel that must actually sink before she swims.

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