Network TV needs to fear The Walking Dead. CTV’s freshman hit Quantico had the misfortune of going up against the season premiere of The Walking Dead on October 11, and the AMC zombie show took a large bite out of Quantico’s audience. Quantico went from being the second most-watched show of the week with an audience of 2,519,000 for its October 4 episode to the 12th most-watched show of the week with an audience of only 1,889,000 when the super-sized premiere of AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead ran for an extra half hour into its time-slot on October 11. Luckily for Quantico, it shouldn’t have to go up directly against The Walking Dead often. It will have to put up with its companion show Talking Dead, though.
If you’re hoping to see how many people tuned into The Walking Dead in Canada, however, you shouldn’t hold your breath. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll ever know how many people watched the show in Canada because it airs on an American network, and I don’t believe Numeris tracks how many Canadian viewers watch American networks. Their “Weekly Top 30” chart, where the information below comes from, only takes a look at “the Top 30 TV programs for all national networks and Canadian English specialty networks,” so AMC wouldn’t fit the bill.
What I can tell you, though, is that The Big Bang Theory reclaimed its title of the number one show in the country. It jumped from 2,429,000 for its September 28 broadcast on CTV to 2,625,000 for the episode that aired on October 5. NCIS, the show that was tops for the week of September 28, lost viewers instead. It went from 2,614,000 viewers for its September 29 episode to 2,569,000 for the one on October 6. It managed to become the week’s second most-watched broadcast behind The Big Bang Theory, though. (No surprise there.)
The wide world of television continues to disappoint with the week’s new crop of series. There’s the third season premiere of The Conspiracy Show on Vision on Monday. The conspiracy likely has something to do with the show making it to three seasons without anyone noticing it exists. AMC has 4th and Loud on Tuesday, which sounds like a cheap knock off of 106 & Park, but it’s actually a series about a KISS-branded AFL football team. Yeah, I don’t get it either. Tuesday also gives us Idiotest on GSN. A game show hosted by a Steve Carell lookalike, that’s based on those stupid apps that make you feel like an idiot. If Idiotest isn’t enough to make you feel like an idiot, check out The Singles Project on Slice, some vapid dating reality show or something. Wrapping up the week, Orphan Black has its second season premiere on CTV if you missed it on Space earlier this year. You can check out my review of the second season premiere here. Continue reading
Last week’s premieres were pretty lousy, I won’t lie, but this week’s are something else. By something else, I mean astoundingly awful in their own sense.
While we were able to get rid of The Bachelorette last week, ABC’s now giving us two hours straight of contestants from past seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in Bachelor in Paradise, which is essentially a reboot of their old summer series Bachelor Pad. ABC, have you no mercy?
Global is debuting Partners on Thursday, which, no, isn’t that CBS sitcom from two years ago brought back from the dead, but rather an FX sitcom Global somehow snagged the rights to despite Rogers/FX Canada’s deal with FX networks. Much like Anger Management, FX’s other strangely out-of-place sitcom that wound up on a major Canadian network opposed to FX Canada, FX has ordered 10 episodes of Partners, and if it does well over the first 10 episodes then the show gets an additional whopping 90 episode order.
The move is as genius as it sounds. Anger Management’s last new episode on May 29th pulled in just about half a million viewers, down from nearly the 5.47 million who tuned into the premiere. FX also had Fox air four episodes to boost ratings last summer and the numbers are still brutal. On the bright side, there are only 27 more episodes to go.
Friday brings us the “deeply offensive” Jonah From Tonga on HBO Canada. The series caused a huge uproar earlier this year as the star Chris Lilley, who is 40 years old and white, plays a 14-year old boy in “brownface.” Now I think I know why The Knick made Bell Media’s “The Month Ahead” calendar, while this was suspiciously missing. Continue reading
Well, I sure hope you love to travel. This week we have the debut of Escaping Alaska on TLC, which is all about five Inuits who secretly leave Alaska for San Diego. On Monday, Bear Grylls takes Zac Efron to the Appalachian Mountains on the debut of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, and unfortunately for us, I don’t think he left him there. On Tuesday, Lifetime has Raising Asia, which is a documentary series about the hardships of raising children in some of Asia’s poorest regions. Just kidding, it’s a yet another trashy reality show about some spoiled pageant kid, and surprise, surprise the kid’s name is Asia. I said Raising Asia was on Lifetime—don’t tell me you actually expected something enlightening. If you love that reality schlock, then you’re in luck because City and ABC have a new reality competition
bomb show The Quest on Thursday.
||Day and Time
||Frozen Lies & Forging a New Family
||Sunday 10 p.m.
|Running Wild With Bear Grylls
||Monday 8 p.m.
||The Lion Tamer and the Tiger Mom
||Tuesday 10 p.m.
||The Quest Begins
||Thursday 8 p.m.
|Hell On Wheels
||Saturday 9 p.m.
If you thought the premieres this week were bad, wait until you check out what’s ending. City and ABC are saying adios to yet another season of The Bachelorette. MTV and Much are doing the same to the equally tired Degrassi. While Celebrity Wife Swap and Beyond Scared Straight are both miffed at how they lasted this long. Yeah, well, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Continue reading