Canadian TV Ratings: September 21-27, 2015

We should have all been excited that the new TV season is officially here, but it looks like no one really gave a damn when it actually came. I had a feeling things weren’t going very well when I didn’t come across many of those self-congratulatory ratings press releases CTV and Global are known for, but I had no idea things were this dire. Yikes, let’s take a look at what went down.

The season premiere of TV’s number one show, The Big Bang Theory, took quite a tumble from last year. The eighth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory drew an astronomical 3,942,000 last year, but only 2,788,000 tuned in for the ninth season premiere this year. While that was still enough to be the week’s most-watched show, that’s a drop of 1,154,000 viewers! If that doesn’t sound crazy enough by itself, keep in mind that it’s hard for many shows on CBC or City to even crack the one million viewer mark. Yeah, it’s that big of a drop. I’m guessing a lot of people decided to watch the Jays, watch the CBS broadcast (CTV aired it a bit earlier than CBS) or people just got bored with the show.

Gotham also took quite a tumble from last season’s premiere. The season premiere of Gotham, which aired after The Big Bang Theory on CTV, drew 2,009,000 viewers down from 3,375,000 for the series premiere last year. Gotham just missed out on being one of the week’s top-ten programs and one of the day’s top-three broadcasts.

Blindspot aired after Gotham, and while it attracted more viewers than Gotham, it disappointed overall. Blindspot drew fewer viewers than the premiere of Forever, which usually occupied the Monday at 9 p.m. time-slot on CTV last year. (Forever did air at 10 p.m. for its premiere, though.) Forever brought in 2,315,000 for its premiere, while Blindspot only drew in 2,188,000. Blindspot was also far from being the number one new show of the fall (so far). That honour goes to CTV’s Quantico with 2,581,000 viewers. Global’s Limitless even outdrew Blindspot with its 2,237,000 viewers. Typically things only go down from here (unless you’re Empire on Fox). So, I’m guessing we’ll see a steady decline for Blindspot, and it won’t make it to season two. If it does get a season two, it would probably be shifted to CTV Two.

How to Get Away with Murder also saw a dramatic fall from its premiere. Over three million tuned in for the series premiere last year and only 1,877,000 tuned in for the second season premiere. Actually, I could go on and on with the declines. NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor and The Amazing Race all saw drops — it’s an absolute bloodbath.

We also have some nasty flops like Global’s Minority Report (1,110,000), City’s The Muppets (didn’t chart), Life in Pieces (didn’t chart) and Scream Queens (didn’t chart) and to a lesser extent CTV’s Blood and Oil (1,699,000) and Global’s Heroes Reborn (1,782,000).

We had 15 shows with an audience of over two million viewers this time last year with three shows pulling in over three million viewers. This year, we don’t have a single show over the three million viewer mark, and we have only ten shows attracting over two million. Let’s hope that all the viewers are just distracted by the Jays and are not simply tuning out or else the big networks will probably have quite a problem on their hands.
 
For much more on the week’s top shows, check out my charts below and Numeris at the source link.

Top programs for Monday, September 21, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
1
The Big Bang Theory
CTV
7:30-8 p.m.
2,788,000
2
5
Castle
CTV
10:01-11 p.m.
2,347,000
3
8
Blindspot
CTV
9-10:01 p.m.
2,188,000
Top programs for Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
2
NCIS
Global
8-9 p.m.
2,695,000
2
7
Limitless
Global
10-11 p.m.
2,237,000
3
10
NCIS: New Orleans
Global
9-10 p.m.
2,089,000
Top programs for Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
3
The Amazing Race Canada
CTV
9-10 p.m.
2,695,000
2
9
Survivor
Global
8-9:31 p.m.
2,105,000
3
15
Blue Jays Baseball*
Sportsnet
7:04-10:23 p.m.
1,809,000
Top programs for Thursday, September 24, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
6
Grey’s Anatomy
CTV
8-9 p.m.
2,275,000
2
13
How to Get Away with Murder
CTV
10-11 p.m.
1,877,000
3
16
Heroes Reborn
Global
8-10 p.m.
1,782,000
Top programs for Friday, September 25, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
12
Hawaii Five-O
Global
9-10 p.m.
1,894,000
2
14
Blue Bloods
CTV
10-11 p.m.
1,823,000
3
15
Blue Jays Baseball*
Sportsnet
7:04-10:23 p.m.
1,809,000
Top programs for Saturday, September 26, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
15
Blue Jays Baseball*
Sportsnet
7:04-10:23 p.m.
1,809,000
Top programs for Sunday, September 27, 2015
Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time
Total viewers
1
4
Quantico
CTV
10-11 p.m.
2,581,000
2
15
Blue Jays Baseball*
Sportsnet
7:04-10:23 p.m.
1,809,000
3
17
Once Upon a Time
CTV
8-9 p.m.
1,705,000
These numbers cover all viewers over the age of two who watched the above programs live or within seven days of the show’s initial broadcast. The times listed above are shown in Eastern Time. The total number refers to the “average minute audience.” Note that programs that have asterisks next to them aired on multiple days.
*Numbers and times provided are for multiple broadcasts:
Blue Jays Baseball (Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday)

Source: Numeris

(Featured Image: Promotional image for Blindspot via Bell Media)
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