Canadian TV Ratings: October 19-25, 2015

It’s weeks like this one when you begin to realize how ridiculous Numeris’ Top Programs chart really is.

Numeris, in its infinite wisdom, decided to separate the rain delay from October 23’s tense Jays playoffs game and count it as a separate program. That led to the rain delay becoming the most-watched program of the week of October 19 with an absolutely crazy sounding 3,968,000 viewers. Well, it’s the top program according to the chart, but I doubt any sane person would consider waiting around for rain to pass as a “program.”

While the rain delay was plucked out of October 23’s Jays game as a separate program, Numeris decided to count seven other playoffs broadcasts as a single program. (I can only assume that those broadcasts were Jays games, but who really knows?) That random assortment of whatever brought in 2,684,000 viewers.

I’m not sure what use those baseball numbers are to anyone, but there they are nonetheless.

If that wasn’t odd enough, you should look at the numbers for the election coverage on October 19. CBC’s Canada Votes appears on the Top Programs chart three times. Once for its coverage between 9:30 and 11 p.m., another time for its 11 p.m. to midnight “program” and once again for what it aired between midnight and 1 a.m. Numeris only listed CTV’s election night coverage once, and it’s apparently for whatever CTV aired between 7 p.m. on October 19 to 2 a.m. on October 20.

Strangely enough, Numeris has the 12-1 a.m. Canada Votes broadcast as airing on Monday, but I’m pretty sure that was on Tuesday morning unless CBC decided to air a special in the wee hours of the morning before the election and that random broadcast miraculously drew nearly 1.8 million viewers right when normal people would be sleeping or lying awake wondering how The Walking Dead and Quantico are so popular when they’re the furthest things from reality imaginable. (Phew, that was a long sentence.)

So why cobble up all those playoffs broadcasts only to pull out the rain delay as a separate program? Why separate CBC’s election night coverage as three separate programs, but leave CTV’s coverage as one really long program? Damned if I know, but that’s what Numeris has. I guess we gotta live with it.

For more on the week’s top shows, check out my charts below and Numeris at the source link.

Top programs for Monday, October 19, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 2 MLB LCS Playoffs* Sportsnet 8:04-11:21 p.m. 2,684,000
2 9 Canada Votes CBC 11 p.m.-12 a.m. 1,883,000
3 11 Canada Votes** CBC 12-1 a.m. 1,781,000

Top programs for Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 2 MLB LCS Playoffs* Sportsnet 8:04-11:21 p.m. 2,684,000
2 3 NCIS Global 8-9 p.m. 2,664,000
3 7 NCIS: New Orleans Global 9-10 p.m. 2,146,000

Top programs for Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 2 MLB LCS Playoffs* Sportnet 8:04-11:21 p.m. 2,684,000
2 4 Survivor Global 8-9 p.m. 2,308,000
3 8 Criminal Minds CTV 9-10 p.m. 2,079,000

Top programs for Thursday, October 22, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 5 Grey’s Anatomy CTV 8-9 p.m. 2,240,000
2 10 How to Get Away with Murder CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,812,000
3 19 The Blacklist Global 9-10 p.m. 1,565,000

Top programs for Friday, October 23, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 1 ALCS Rain Delay Sportsnet 11:03-11:45 p.m. 3,968,000
2 2 MLB LCS Playoffs* Sportsnet 8:04-11:231 p.m. 2,684,000
3 17 Hawaii Five-O Global 9-10 p.m. 1,666,000

Top programs for Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 13 HNIC Prime East CBC 7:07-10 p.m. 1,757,000

Top programs for Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 6 Quantico CTV 10:01-11 p.m. 2,184,000
2 26 Madam Secretary Global 8-9 p.m. 1,355,000
3 27 Once Upon a Time CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,352,000

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:

MLB LCS Playoffs (Monday-Wednesday and Friday)

**This broadcast likely aired on Tuesday morning and not on Monday.

Source: Numeris

(Featured Image: Creative Commons image shot by Keith Allison via Flickr)

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