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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 27-30, 2016

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The Sharks and the Penguins took a bite out of the ratings (logo via Wikimedia)

After a few really odd weeks in Canadian sports, hockey is back on top. May 30’s Sharks-Penguins match drew 1.7 million viewers over on CBC.

The thing is that’s a Monday and I don’t believe the 30th was a holiday in Canada. That means that game technically wasn’t part of the weekend. If you do drop that Sharks-Penguins match, the Raptors were on top by far with nearly 1.5 million viewers.

The Jays vs. Red Sox games on Sunday, Saturday and Friday followed, with one of those games drawing over a million viewers. Continue reading

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Canadian TV Ratings: May 16-22, 2016

As the TV season is nearing an end and some of the country’s top shows are calling it quits for the summer, we’re seeing City on the chart with a few shows.

Two episodes of Mike & Molly and an episode of Modern Family made the chart. Their top show of the week, May 16’s Mike & Molly at 8:30, drew in just over a million viewers. But the thing is that Mike & Molly is no more. So it looks like City lost one of its top shows.

They’re not alone. CTV’s going to go into next season without two of their top series, CSI: Cyber and Castle, too, but they have a lot more to fall back on.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 20-23, 2016

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You’ll be singing the blues once you see the HNIC numbers for May 21’s Blues-Sharks game (logo via Wikimedia)

Do you guys remember this thing called Hockey Night in Canada? Week after week Canadians from across the country would emerge out of their igloos and gather around a TV set to watch something called a “hockey game” on Saturday nights. And they’d drink beer and watch people chase something called a “puck” with strange looking sticks on ice!

Of course, you remember Hockey Night in Canada, but on May 21, it sure didn’t seem like it. That night’s Blues vs. Sharks game only drew 900,000 viewers, which was enough to place HNIC in seventh place for the weekend! That’s right, seventh. Quite crazy isn’t it?

So what did better than HNIC? It shouldn’t be any surprise by now, but the Raptors. They took the top two spots for the weekend. Their top game averaged 1.8 million viewers. The world hockey championship final took third place for the weekend with 1,365,000 viewers on TSN. The rest were all NHL hockey games that each aired on a different day on CBC.

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Canadian TV Ratings: May 9-15, 2016

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders took quite a tumble on May 11. Its 9 p.m. broadcast drew 1,562,000 viewers, which is around Quantico, Chicago Fire and The Blacklist territory. Its episode that aired the week before at 10 p.m. brought in over two million viewers.

What it seems happened was that it aired without the Criminal Minds lead in it usually had and instead took the place of that show on the schedule.

I know CBS aired a double bill of Beyond Borders that night, but if you take a look at Numeris’ chart, you might think that CTV only aired the first episode because the second one isn’t listed. That seems odd. It might have just been the hardest hit by the Raptors playoff game that night.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 13-15, 2016

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The Raptors are finally on top (logo via Wikimedia)

Finally! The Raptors have made it to the top of the ratings pack. God, that took forever.

For the weekend of May 13, the Raptors managed to top every other sports broadcast that aired that weekend with their May 15 game against the Heat. It managed to draw an incredible 1.5 million viewers on TSN.

Right behind them in the ratings was the Sharks-Blues game that aired on CBC on the same day with 1.4 million viewers. It was quite close, but the Raptors came out on top. Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: May 2-8, 2016

While CTV and Global are both limping to the end of the season. It seems like City has thrown up its hands, given up on the race and is having some tea under a parasol somewhere. Well, I know that’s not the case, but when you take a look at the ratings for the week of May 2, there’s not one City show on there and not one from the CBC either.

With the CBC, at least they can say they’re a public broadcaster. On top of that, they’re trying to run a network with a schedule that primarily consists of Canadian programs, and they’ve been doing that with a shoestring budget.

City, however, has shows like 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, Family Guy and breakout hit south of the border Little Big Shots, but the network rarely manages to crack Numeris’ Top Programs chart. It almost makes you think that they’re cursed or something.

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Canadian TV Ratings: April 25-May 1, 2016

One of the great mysteries of Canadian TV is how it’s so similar to American TV, yet so different. A great example would be Canadians’ interest in superhero shows, like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Flash and Lucifer, which have lukewarm ratings down south.

Let’s look at SHIELD’s April 26 episode “The Singularity.” It snagged 3.22 million viewers on ABC in the U.S., but here in Canada over on CTV, it went a hair over 1.9 million viewers.

Keep in mind that the population of the U.S. is around nine times greater than the population of Canada. (Based on recent estimates, the U.S. population should be around 323 million, while Canada’s should be in the neighbourhood of 36 million.)

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