Halle Berry in Extant's "Extinct"

Canadian TV Ratings: July 14-July 20, 2014

The big summer shows The Amazing Race CanadaMasterChef, Under The Dome, Extant and Rookie Blue all fell from last week, with Extant suffering the largest drop. Only 1,787,000 tuned in to this week’s Extant, that’s 553,000 fewer people than last week’s premiere. However, it’s not all bad news.

Thursday’s Big Brother rose to 1,497,000 from last Thursday’s broadcast, which drew 1,323,000 pairs of eyeballs. Sunday’s Big Brother also saw a slight rise with 9,000 more tuning in.
Wednesday’s broadcast, which didn’t make it on Wednesday’s chart this week due to Extant, Rookie Blue and the CTV Evening News, saw a small dip in viewers, however.

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Screenshot of CBC News Network's 25th anniversary logo


CBC News Network logo (formerly CBC Newsworld)
CBC News Network (logo via CBC Media Centre)

CBC News Network, the world’s third oldest and Canada’s first news channel, celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 31st. First established in 1989 as CBC Newsworld and re-branded as CBC News Network in 2009, it has grown into Canada’s most popular news channel. From live breaking news and analysis to current affairs that engage Canadians across all platforms, CBC News Network is the network Canadians turn to and trust.

“For the past 25 years, CBC News Network has been the destination Canadians turn to when news breaks and major events unfold,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News and Centres. “It’s an integral part of CBC’s future, and will continue to play an important role in delivering the most trusted news to Canadians from our team of award-winning journalists.”

First hitting the air waves in 1989 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the network was available in more than 4.5 million Canadian homes — it now reaches over 11 million Canadian households. Since its founding, CBC News Network’s average minute audience has quadrupled, and it’s the most watched news channel in Canada, outperforming its Canadian and American competition.

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Mission: 4Count YTV

Press Release: Pop Band Discovered by Nick Cannon to Star in New YTV Series Mission: 4Count

YTV (screenshot via YTV.com)
YTV (screenshot via YTV.com)

YTV is launching Mission: 4Count, an exciting new 8 x 30-minute reality series that takes viewers behind-the-scenes to follow the hot new pop band, 4Count, discovered and managed by media mogul Nick Cannon, as they prepare for stardom. Slated to air in October 2014, the series, produced by Tricon Films & Television, is starting production in Toronto. The group’s new single “California,” was serviced to Canadian radio today and is available now for purchase on all digital service providers. The video will premiere on YTV July 30 and go live on VEVO August 12.

“It’s great to be working with YTV on Mission: 4Count. It’s the perfect place for fans to get to know them,” said Nick Cannon. “The musicality of this group is off the charts and the stage is set for 4Count to rock the world.”

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The top tennis players in the world will be heating up the courts in Toronto and Montreal next week at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank and CBC is Canada’s exclusive home for live coverage of the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals on Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th. CBC’s television and online coverage begins with the first women’s semifinal at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT) followed by the first men’s semifinal at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on August 9th.

Elliotte Freidman (@friedgeHNIC) will host CBC’s coverage of the only Canadian stop on the ATP and WTA tours all weekend from the men’s event at Toronto’s Rexall Centre at York University, with studio analysts Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and Tom Tebbutt (@tomtebbutt). Gimelstob won 13 ATP doubles titles over his career as well as the mixed doubles championship at both the Australian Open and French Open and Tebbutt is a veteran tennis journalist widely considered Canada’s foremost voice on the sport.

Play-by-play for the men’s event will be provided by CBC’s Bruce Rainnie, joined in the booth by analyst Jimmy Arias (@ariastennis) with David Amber (@DavidAmber) reporting. Arias is a former fifth-ranked player in the world, won five singles titles on the ATP Tour during his career and at 15-years-old was the youngest player to achieve a world ranking. RJ Broadhead (@SNRJBroadhead) will handle play-by-play for the women’s event at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal alongside analyst Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), with Brenda Irving (@BrendaCBCSports) reporting. Austin is a former world No. 1-ranked player with 30 WTA singles titles including two US Open championships, four doubles titles, a Wimbledon mixed doubles championship and is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One

What To Watchnado 24: The 24th one: July 27-August 2

Season/series premieres: 

Well, I sure hope you love to travel. This week we have the debut of Escaping Alaska on TLC, which is all about five Inuits who secretly leave Alaska for San Diego. On Monday, Bear Grylls takes Zac Efron to the Appalachian Mountains on the debut of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, and unfortunately for us, I don’t think he left him there. On Tuesday, Lifetime has Raising Asia, which is a documentary series about the hardships of raising children in some of Asia’s poorest regions. Just kidding, it’s a yet another trashy reality show about some spoiled pageant kid, and surprise, surprise the kid’s name is Asia. I said Raising Asia was on Lifetime—don’t tell me you actually expected something enlightening. If you love that reality schlock, then you’re in luck because City and ABC have a new reality competition bomb show The Quest on Thursday.

Show Episode Title Day and Time Networks
Escaping Alaska Frozen Lies & Forging a New Family Sunday 10 p.m. TLC
Running Wild With Bear Grylls Zac Efron Monday 8 p.m. NBC
Raising Asia The Lion Tamer and the Tiger Mom Tuesday 10 p.m. Lifetime
The Quest The Quest Begins Thursday 8  p.m. City/ABC
Hell On Wheels Saturday 9 p.m. AMC

Season/series finales: 

If you thought the premieres this week were bad, wait until you check out what’s ending. City and ABC are saying adios to yet another season of The Bachelorette. MTV and Much are doing the same to the equally tired Degrassi. While Celebrity Wife Swap and Beyond Scared Straight are both miffed at how they lasted this long. Yeah, well, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Continue reading


Press Release: DAILY PLANET Toasts Turning 20 with the Planet’s Most Tricked-Out Technologies During “Extreme Machines” Week, on Discovery

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TORONTO (July 25, 2014) – Discovery’s DAILY PLANET returns for a landmark 20th season with its inaugural “Extreme Machines” Week, beginning Monday, August 25 at 7 p.m. ET through Friday, August 29. Ride shotgun with co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dr. Dan Riskin as Canada’s favourite science program jumps into an all-new season with innovative and cutting-edge machine marvels from around the globe! Discovery’s flagship hour returns stronger than ever – with the preceding 19th season ranking as the most-watched in the show’s history, reaching more than1.5 million viewers in the average week*. In addition, Discovery was the #1 Canadian Entertainment Specialty channel in the DAILY PLANET timeslot (Monday-Friday, 7-8 p.m. ET) among Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49, and Adults 18-34 (as well as Men 25-54, Men 18-49, and Men 18-34).

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Extreme Machines” include:

The Alan Nursall Experience: Extreme Immersions

The veteran correspondent busts out with five incredibly dynamic immersions over five nights – featuring gold mining in Alaska, rock bouncing in Alabama, a fire-breathing ATV in New York and a whole lot more!

Extreme Tractor

The most tricked-out tractors from the Carolinas come together to duke it out in an extreme tractor pull contest. DAILY PLANET captures all the smack talkin a competition where horsepower is KING.

Hot Tub Racer

DAILY PLANET dives into a fully functioning and mobile hot tub – built into a 1969 Cadillac Coupe Deville – along with its Canadian engineers who dream of breaking speed records.

Manure Shredder

When you’re shredding manure – obstacles like ice chunks and logs can spell the end for some machinery but not the CB1200! It’s designed to handle just about anything! To prove it Artex has already sent a small car through its claws and now they’re pushing it even furtherDAILY PLANET style!

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CBCCineCoup Media and Just For Laughs Television are joining forces to deliver an exciting and rare opportunity to Canadian content creators with the launch of CBC ComedyCoup, an innovative, digital comedy accelerator.  The accelerator offers the chance for the best, brightest and funniest creators from across Canada to enhance their careers and provides them with that crucial ‘foot in the door’ necessary to garner a potential development deal. Ultimately, 10 teams will be optioned for development and the top team will receive $500,000 in production financing for a half-hour comedy special to air during CBC Television’s 2015 primetime schedule.

“We are excited to be launching this ground-breaking comedy accelerator with CineCoup,” said Michelle Daly, senior director of Comedy, Commissioned & Scripted Programming. “CBC has always supported Canadian comedy. Between CBC ComedyCoup and the newly launched Punchline we are able to reach new comedy creators where they live – online.”

CBC ComedyCoup is designed to revolutionize the way comedy talent is discovered and developed. Over the course of 10 weeks, teams will be challenged to display their skills, build an audience and deliver hilarious content using digital and social platforms.


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