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Canadian TV Ratings: October 13-19, 2014

With many of the premieres out of the way, things are now beginning to settle. If you compare the daily charts below with the ones from last week, you’ll likely notice that most of them have the same shows in the same order. The only exceptions are Stalker taking Arrow’s spot on Wednesday, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O switching places (as they often do), Madam Secretary sneaking its way back onto Sunday’s chart and that’s about it.

Things are likely going to change within the coming weeks. The Flash already saw a fairly steep drop off from last week, falling from 3,111,000 to 2,571,000 and if it follows the trend of most shows, that fall is likely only going to continue. The Big Bang Theory is moving from Monday to Thursday, which may mean Gotham’s ratings may drop as it no longer has The Big Bang Theory as its lead in. The move will almost certainly mean that How To Get Away With Murder won’t remain Thursday’s most watched show.
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Press Release: #WeTheNorth Lives on TSN with 47 Toronto Raptors Regular Season Games Plus Playoffs

Toronto Raptors (logo via Wikimedia)


TSN (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (October 28, 2014) – It’s the return of #WeTheNorth. Coming off their red-hot division-winning performance that swept the nation, the Toronto Raptors return to TSN beginning Oct. 29. As the team’s official broadcaster, TSN delivers 47 regular season games – more Raptors games than any other broadcaster in the country.

Throughout the Raptors’ 2014-15 campaign, TSN provides extensive coverage of the team across its broadcast, radio, and digital platforms.

Television coverage tips off with the Raptors’ season opener against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET on TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 (see below for complete broadcast schedule). The network’s live coverage of the Raptors is also available live and on demand to TSN subscribers via TSN GO. Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: October 24-26, 2014

If ratings are any indication, Flames fans have vanished off the face of the earth (logo via Wikimedia)

While Hockey Night in Canada’s early games are seemingly rock steady, pulling in the same number of viewers this week as it did last (2.2 million), HNIC’s late game featuring the Capitals and the Flames, however, only managed to attract 424,000. That’s almost half the viewership of last week’s Lightning/Canucks match. Where are you Flames fans?

Things are starting to go from bad to worse for the CFL as well. While last weekend’s top game snagged a relatively anemic 732,000, this weekend’s top match couldn’t even hit the 700,000 mark, having to settle for only 680,000 for Saturday’s Lions/Blue Bombers game.

Comparatively, the NFL also took a bit of a hit. CTV’s random assortment of NFL games dropped from 893,000 last week to 748,000, while Sunday’s Colts/Steelers match on CTV did marginally better with 784,000 tuning in.
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CBC (logo via CBC)
CBC (logo via CBC)

CBC has announced that Rick Mercer will host the 2014 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala on Monday, November 10, 2014. Mercer will join presenters Kim CoatesJessica Paré and Naomi Klein on stage to celebrate the finest works in Canadian fiction for the year.

The shortlist is:
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
Tell by Frances Itani
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Ever After of Ashwin Rao by Padma Viswanathan

The SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala will be broadcast at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. AT /10:30 NT) on CBC Television from the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto. It will also be live-streamed on CBC Books with a concurrent live chat, enabling Canadians across the country to be part of the Giller experience. With the finalists being celebrated and an author awarded the prize that night, the presenters will join the authors on stage to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian arts and letters. An appearance on Q the following morning will be the first national broadcast feature interview for this year’s winner.

The six authors on this year’s shortlist were selected by a distinguished jury made up of some of the finest writers in North America and the UK: Canadian author Shauna Singh Baldwin, British novelist Justin Cartwright and American writer Francine Prose.

Press Release: CBC NEWS’ the fifth estate SPECIAL: THE TERROR WITHIN

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

On the season premiere of the fifth estate, a special investigation into the attack in Ottawa this week and the killings that have shaken the nation. Two soldiers killed in a week. What was behind the attacks in Ottawa and Quebec, and what went wrong?

Plus startling new revelations about young Canadian men making their own journey to jihad. Join hosts Bob McKeown, Mark Kelley, Gillian Findlay and Linden MacIntyre as the International Emmy Award-winning show returns for its 40th season with: The Terror Within. The originally scheduled premiere, GM Recall: The Switch from Hell, will air at a later date.

For four decades, the fifth estate has been Canada’s premier investigative documentary program, acquainting viewers with a dazzling parade of political leaders, shady characters and ordinary people whose lives were touched by triumph or tragedy. The tradition of provocative and courageous journalism, which began with Adrienne Clarkson, Warner Troyer and Peter Reilly on Sept. 16, 1975, continues unabated with the current team of Bob McKeownMark Kelley and Gillian Findlay

The Flash (image via Bell Media)

Canadian TV Ratings: October 6-12, 2014

Gosh Canada, you tire of things quickly. This week saw some substantial drops from last week for some of the country’s top shows: Once Upon a Time lost nearly 300,000 viewers, How To Get Away With Murder shed just over 400,000, CSI left behind 435,000, Castle dropped nearly 500,000 viewers and Criminal Minds ceded 662,000.

Some shows actually rose however. The Big Bang Theory gained 128,000 viewers and SHIELD spiked to 2,679,000 viewers to leapfrog over both NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans Tuesday night. The jump of over 350,000 must have had something to do with the massive premiere of The Flash, which bowed with 3,111,000 viewers. I hope it doesn’t get too attached to those numbers because as we’ve seen with a number of shows this fall that viewership can sink quickly if they’re not careful.
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Dr. Dimensionpants

Press Release: TELETOON Travels To Another Dimension This November

Teletoon (logo via Wikimedia)

(Toronto, ON) TELETOON journeys into another dimension this fall with the launch of the new kid-adventure animated series, Dr. Dimensionpants. The series follows 12-year-old Kyle Lipton, an ordinary kid who mysteriously receives a pair of magical glowing trousers that turn him into Dr. Dimensionpants, a cosmic superhero with a pointy moustache. The hilarious 26 x 30 minute animated series premieres in TELETOON’s Can’t Miss Thursdays block starting November 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, following Clarence. On TÉLÉTOON in Quebec, the series will premiere day-and-date in French as Dr. Pantastique. 

“We can’t wait to introduce our TELETOON audience to this fun-filled imaginative series,” says Athena Georgaklis, Director of Content, TELETOON. “The characters are vibrant and dynamic – we have no doubt kids will be enticed by Kyle, the 12-year-old mustached and magic pant-wearing superhero and his unicorn best friend.”

Created by Brad Peyton (Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty GaloreJourney 2: The Mysterious Island) and produced by DHX Media and TELETOON, Dr. Dimensionpants showcases new superhero, Kyle, with all the crazy-weird superhero powers he ever wanted…and more responsibility than he can handle. With the help of his talking unicorn mentor Philip, Dr. Dimensionpants must learn to master his powers as he defends his hometown of Ganderville from the constant threat of inter-dimensional villains while still having to deal with his normal, day-to-day kid issues like homework, girls, and his annoyingly smart little sister.

“We are thrilled that TELETOON will be premiering this terrific new series from creator Brad Peyton this fall,” said Steven DeNure, President and COO of DHX Media. “Dr. Dimensionpants has that boisterous quirkiness that kids find hilarious, so we think our mustachioed 12-year-old hero and his talking unicorn pal, Philip, will be a big hit.”

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