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Press Release: Fast Forward to 2.8 Million: Final Data Pushes THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Season Premiere Up 36%

TORONTO (July 23, 2014) – After three weeks, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA continues to race ahead as the #1 program of the summer. Newly released final data from Numeris for the Season 2 premiere on July 8 reveals a 36% surge to 2.76 million viewers, confirming the series’ claim as the most-watched premiere of any series this summer, and the #1 Canadian premiere of the 2013/14 broadcast season.

With seven airings of original and encore episodes across CTV, CTV Two, TSN, and TSN2, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA season premiere was watched by 6.54 million unique viewers, with a cumulative average audience of 3.85 million viewers across these channels.

Last night’s episode drew 1.94 million viewers, up from a week ago. Overall, 3.3 million unique viewers watched the first international leg of the race, with the audience growing throughout the broadcast to peak at 2.4 million viewers when host Jon Montgomery revealed that Laura and Jackie were eliminated from the competition. For the third week in a row, the episode overwhelmingly won the night with total viewers and all key demos.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: July 18-20 2014

Toronto Blue Jays (logo via Wikimedia)
Toronto Blue Jays (logo via Wikimedia)

With the World Cup now history, the sports ratings have fallen back down to earth. While the CFL is pulling in decent numbers, the Blue Jays have tumbled. Their game on Saturday against the Rangers only attracted 375,000 when it aired on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. You may think part of the reason for those low numbers may be due to the game not airing on the main Sportsnet channels, but their top rated game also aired on both Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360. That was Sunday’s match, which had a viewership of 520,000, that’s 2,000 more viewers than the match airing on Sportsnet proper on Friday. That’s likely not just a fluke—just a few weeks ago Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 360 were pulling in numbers roughly the same as games on the main Sportsnet channels.
For more on the top 15 matches of the weekend, visit Yahoo! Sports at the source link below. You’ll spot the F1 German Grand Prix, a MLS game and two MLB games that don’t even involve the Jays.
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Canadian TV Ratings: July 7-July 13, 2014

This week had the debut of two blockbusters, the second season of The Amazing Race Canada and the newbie Extant. Both pulled in huge numbers: The Amazing Race Canada drew 2,764,000, while 2,340,000 tuned into Extant. The second season of The Amazing Race Canada bested last week’s debut of the second season of Under The Dome, which opened with 2,382,000 viewers, while Extant just came shy of beating it.

While Under The Dome was last week’s top series, Under The Dome couldn’t manage to hold onto its crown this week. It wasn’t even the top show Monday, with MasterChef leapfrogging it and by a good margin as well. MasterChef had over 150,000 more viewers than Under The Dome this week, while last week over 200,000 separated the two series. That means Under The Dome lost 300,000 viewers from last week, that’s not a good sign.

The World Cup Coverage was not only the top program of the week according to Numeris, but it, together with its post show, was enough to knock the weekend editions of the CTV Evening News off the charts on Saturday and Sunday—that’s quite rare. In fact on Sunday, no CTV News programs made the chart due to the World Cup and Big Brother.

Check out the source link below for the full list of this week’s top-30 shows. There you’ll see the numbers for CBC’s Calgary Stampede coverage and CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance all the way at the 30th spot. It might be time to put that show out to pasture.
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Press Release: GLOBAL TO AIR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE RBC CANADIAN OPEN

Global (screenshot via Global GO)
Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, July 21, 2014 – With the RBC Canadian Open ready to tee off, Global Television is ensuring viewers don’t miss a swing. Coupled with extensive week-long coverage and unrivaled pre-game shows, Global Television will air the full PGA TOUR golf tournament Saturday, July 26 from 3pm-6pm ET and Sunday, July 27 beginning at 3pm ET. 

“In addition to live coverage of the Canadian Open itself, Global will take viewers beyond the course to show Canadians the people and amazing behind-the-scenes stories that make this event so special,” says Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, News & Station Operations, Global News. “With our sports anchors bringing their unique perspectives and expertise to the green, viewers across the country will stay up-to-date and informed on each day’s events on Global News on-air and online.”

Special Global Sports pre-game shows will be hosted by anchors Kevin Smith and Rob Leth, who will be joined by golf commentator and PGA TOUR winner Ian Leggatt. Broadcast on Global Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27 at 2pm ET, the team will provide behind-the-scenes content, expert interviews with pro golfers including Shaw Ambassador and PGA TOUR star, Graham DeLaet and Canadian golf icon and the 2003 Masters Tournament champion, Mike Weir, up-to-date leaderboards, and in-depth analysis of tournament leaders. In addition to playing a role in the Global Sports pre-game shows, Global Sports Anchor Derek Meyers will provide comprehensive coverage all week long across Global’s newscasts coast to coast beginning Wednesday, July 23.

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1 what to watch 5 finales: July 20-26

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This week has the premiere of two shows that are already technically cancelled: MTV’s 1 girl 5 gays and Losing It. They were both axed in the epic MTV, Much and M3 cancellation spree of 2014. VideoflowM3 CountdownMuch Countdown and Degrassi were thought to be the few (if not only) survivors on the channels, but I can’t spot the countdown on Much’s schedule and I don’t see M3’s countdown on its schedule past Monday. 
     If you’re a fan of Losing It, however, fear not, MTV recently imported Virgin Territory, which seems like a similar concept to Losing It. The main difference I can tell is that Losing It is about young people recounting how they lost their virginity, while Virgin Territory features people who desperately want to lose it (relax guys, you’re not missing much) or want to hold onto it for some reason. 
     Elsewhere this week, Global and Fox’s Hotel Hell has its season premiere on Monday. How many Gordon Ramsay shows can one network air? Fox already has MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Hell’s Kitchen. Well, at least Ramsay decided to end Kitchen Nightmares earlier this year. 
     There’s also the season premiere of The Lottery this week, which isn’t a show about winning the lottery. That’s a good thing considering how well Sweepstakes, Lottery, Windfall and Lucky 7 did.  
     If that wasn’t enough, you also have TLC boring you to death with some celebrity you vaguely remember from that thing, trying to learn more about their ancestors and background with the season premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? on Wednesday. The sad thing is I doubt people watching at home know anything about their ancestors at all, but they’re willing to follow someone they don’t even know learn more about theirs. What a weird world. 
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Press Release: MLS Teams Take on Europe’s Best Clubs on TSN

 

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TORONTO (July 18, 2014) – TSN is home to five games featuring MLS teams facing off against some of the best clubs in the world as they tour North America this summer. Games will feature Barclays Premier League (BPL) champion Manchester City, German Bundesliga winner Bayern Munich, and Arsenal and Tottenham – two perennial BPL powerhouses (see below for complete broadcast schedule). 

Coverage kicks off with Seattle vs. Tottenham tomorrow (Saturday, July 19) at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2. Seattle, currently atop the MLS standings in points, is led by American international and former Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey. 

TSN’s coverage is headlined by Toronto FC vs. Tottenham as TFC’s star striker Jermain Defoe takes on his former club for the first time on Wednesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. ET. At BMO Field for the game are MLS ON TSN’s Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack. Fans can also listen live on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto.  Continue reading

Press Release: CBC’S MULTI-PLATFORM CANADIAN COVERAGE OF THE XX COMMONWEALTH GAMES FROM GLASGOW, SCOTLAND BEGINS WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

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The road to Rio 2016 goes through Glasgow, Scotland and CBC will have multi-platform coverage as Canada’s top high-performance amateur athletes face the world’s best at the XX Commonwealth Games from July 23rd to August 3rd. Through an agreement between Glasgow 2014, Commonwealth Games Canada and CBC, the network will provide daily coverage including live streaming at cbcsports.ca/glasgow2014, live TV coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a nightly highlight program and extended weekend coverage on CBC-TV, daily updates on CBC Radio and through CBC News outlets.
The Commonwealth Games is the only international multi-sport event that has both able-bodied and para-athletes competing during the same window. The XX Commonwealth Games will be the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted, with more than 4500 athletes competing in 17 sports.

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