Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: Super Bowl 50

It looks like I wasn’t the only one who skipped out on the Super Bowl this year. Almost one million fewer viewers watched Super Bowl 50 versus the big game last year.

If you’re looking for specifics, here they are: Numeris says that 7.3 million Canadians watched CTV’s broadcast of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday and one million watched RDS’ broadcast. Together 8.3 million watched Super Bowl 50 in Canada, a drop from last year’s 9.23 million.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, just over half of the country (18.2 million) tuned in to watch at least a bit of the game.

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Commercial Breakdown #6: Doritos 3D’s (featuring Sean Hayes and Ali Landry)

The late ‘90s were a weird time: The world was over run with terrible boy bands, yo-yos made a random comeback and Doritos were three-dimensional for whatever reason. To usher in a brave new world of three-dimensional chips, Doritos enlisted Sean Hayes and former Miss USA Ali Landry to star in their over-the-top new Super Bowl ad. It was one of the first in the brand’s now long-standing tradition of advertising during the Big Game.

When you watch the ad, you’ll find that it makes little to no sense. Landry catches the attention of Hayes and the random guy beside him. They then try to get her attention by doing tricks with a bag of Doritos. Landry takes a bag of Doritos 3D’s from Hayes (and whoever is next to Hayes), pours the bag into a dryer and the door swings wide open flinging Doritos aggressively across the laundromat, while Landry catches them in her mouth. Hayes has only one line… “Aye, chihuahua.”

The ad is probably more memorable than the chips itself. I vaguely remember having Doritos 3D’s as a kid, and perhaps the only reason why I remember them at all is because of this ad. Well, I was really young when they came out, too, so that probably didn’t help. Continue reading Commercial Breakdown #6: Doritos 3D’s (featuring Sean Hayes and Ali Landry)

Canadian TV Ratings: January 18-24, 2016

While the year has been in full swing for a month or so, this is my first ratings post for the new season. Hurray! I know, I thought TV would’ve been dead by now, too. It’s alive and well — very alive.

The week of January 18 happened to see the debut of The X-Files. Even though it aired at the awkward time of 10:24 on a Sunday, The X-Files drew just over three million viewers to become the week’s top program (by a good margin, too).

Other newbie DC’s Legends of Tomorrow did okay with just under two million viewers. It, too, had a bit of an odd start time for an hour-long show. Legends of Tomorrow aired at 8:31, and CTV probably decided to do that to give the show a boost from The Big Bang Theory.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: January 29-31, 2016

The All-Star Game managed to not completely embarass itself this year (logo via Wikimedia)

I never really got all-star games, and it doesn’t look like the NHL does either considering how many different and completely random formats it has used over the years. This year brought along yet another format. The league moved from a fantasy draft-type event to a mini-tournament of sorts.

Well, if you didn’t know, the NHL All-Star Game aired over the weekend, and it managed to draw just under two million viewers. That’s not bad. I wouldn’t call it terribly great either, but it’s alright. It was much better than last year, that’s for sure. And those crappy ratings were probably the reason for the new all-star game format.

The All-Star Game Skills Competition has been quite popular recently, and it came mighty close to the All-Star Game itself this year with 1.9 million tuning in across CBC and Sportsnet. Continue reading Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: January 29-31, 2016

January/February on The Blog: Where have you been?

cropped-blog-harder-slim.jpegI know, it has been over a good month or so since I’ve last posted on The Blog. No, I didn’t forget about you guys. I’ve just been working away at some other projects.

Anyway, as always, I have some new things planned for the site. Some stuff you’ll see pretty soon; other things will take some time to roll out.

One of the first things you should check out is the updated What To Watch. I’ve swapped in a bunch of mid-season replacements onto the schedules and some first impressions of new series. Continue reading January/February on The Blog: Where have you been?

Cable TV: Too big to not fail

FX and FXX are quite vacant, confused and unnecessary. They’re the perfect example of some of what’s wrong with TV today (logo via Wikimedia)

We’re in a golden age of television, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t aware of it. With hundreds of channels, seemingly endless repeats and frankly a lot of trash on the air, it’s hard to find the gems in the rubble.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that many people are cutting the cord and young people leaving the nest aren’t even bothering with cable TV or satellite to begin with.

Yes, a large part of it is due to the cost. Rogers and Bell have packages that run up to or over $110/month, but don’t forget about installation fees, PVRs and other receivers and the super high cost of ethnic channels if you’re into that sort of thing.

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The great winter hiatus


Merry Christmas, everyone! With the Holiday season in full swing, I’ve decided to put The Blog back on hiatus mode. That means you’ll see very few (if any) new posts and/or links on the site for the next little while. I hope to be back in 2016 with some fresh content for you guys. In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



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