Canadian TV Ratings: October 26-November 1, 2015

Supergirl to the rescue! Global’s Supergirl had a rather impressive debut on October 26 with 2,263,000 viewers despite its kinda awkward time-slot. CBS decided to use a new episode of The Big Bang Theory to lead into Supergirl, but since Theory is a half-hour sitcom and Supergirl is an hour-long show, it started at 8:31 and ran until 9:31. I’m not sure what Global aired before Supergirl, I want to say Border Security (because that’s pretty much the only filler 30 minute show that Global apparently has at the moment), but I’m not 100 per cent certain.

Oh boy, I feel a rant coming on…. This is one of the frustrating things about Canadian TV — it’s hard to come across TV listings. The websites and apps that have TV listings are quite crummy and only go a day or two back. To make matters worse, TV listings in print are increasingly hard to come by. That makes it hard to get the info to put everything in context unless you have a very sharp memory or obsessively hoard screenshots of TV listings to refer back to later. Whew, glad I got that out. Let’s regroup in the next paragraph.

Global’s newbie didn’t seem to affect the ratings for Gotham that much, but it looks like it might have had a bit of an effect on Blindspot. CTV’s NBC import drew 1,621,000 viewers for its October 26 episode, down from 1,769,000 for its last broadcast on CTV on October 12. (CTV’s lineup was pushed to CTV Two on October 19 due to election night coverage on CTV proper.)

While Blindspot’s slipping ratings might be a bit unsettling for the folks over at CTV, what should really have them more nervous is that Global now has four of the top five shows on TV: NCIS, Survivor, Supergirl and NCIS: New Orleans. If Supergirl manages to stay strong and CTV’s reliable hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Castle start to falter (or even disappear completely), CTV could be ceding more top spots to Global.

Grey’s Anatomy and Castle were MIA for the week of October 26, so when they return, they might be able to fend off Global from reaching some of the top spots on the Numeris Top Programs chart, but for how long? With The Big Bang Theory going back to Thursday, Grey’s is moving to 7 p.m., and while Castle is still a big hit here, it’s not doing so well down south. TV by the Numbers has it pegged as likely to be cancelled by May 2016.

Even though Global’s taking up a lot of space in the top five, CTV is still strong overall, though. If you look at the top 20 programs of the week, Global only adds another three shows to the four it has in the top five to give it seven, leaving CTV with 13 shows. Actually, drawing in the most eyeballs isn’t really where the money is. Sure, it’s nice, but the 18-49 crowd is where the real money is. If CTV has a lock on that, they’ll probably be golden.

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

Top programs for Monday, October 26, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 1 The Big Bang Theory CTV 7:30-8 p.m. 2,666,000
2 4 Supergirl Global 8:31-9:31 p.m. 2,263,000
3 14 Gotham CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,707,000

Top programs for Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 2 NCIS Global 8-9 p.m. 2,624,000
2 5 NCIS: New Orleans Global 9-10 p.m. 2,254,000
3 8 The Flash CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,847,000

Top programs for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 3 Survivor Global 8-9 p.m. 2,294,000
2 6 Criminal Minds CTV 9-10 p.m. 2,238,000
3 11 Code Black CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,789,000

Top programs for Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 9 The Blacklist Global 9-10 p.m. 1,832,000
2 13 How to Get Away with Murder CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,738,000
3 18 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 p.m. 1,583,000

Top programs for Friday, October 30, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 12 Blue Bloods CTV 10-11 p.m. 1,752,000
2 15 The Amazing Race CTV 8-9 p.m. 1,637,000
3 17 Hawaii Five-O Global 9-10 p.m. 1,616,000

Top programs for Sunday, November 1, 2015

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 7 Quantico CTV 10-11 p.m. 2,082,000
2 24 Madam Secretary Global 8-9 p.m. 1,337,000
3 27 The Good Wife Global 9-10 p.m. 1,193,000

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:

CTV Evening News (Monday-Friday)

Source: Numeris

(Featured Image: Supergirl promotional image via Shaw Media)

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