Canadian TV Ratings: October 5-11, 2015

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.)

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What To Watch Bites: August 10-16

Season/series premieres: 

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

Halt and Catch What To Watch: August 3-9

Season/series premieres: 

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

What To Watchnado 24: The 24th one: July 27-August 2

Season/series premieres: 

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.

Show Episode Title Day and Time Networks
Escaping Alaska Frozen Lies & Forging a New Family Sunday 10 p.m. TLC
Running Wild With Bear Grylls Zac Efron Monday 8 p.m. NBC
Raising Asia The Lion Tamer and the Tiger Mom Tuesday 10 p.m. Lifetime
The Quest The Quest Begins Thursday 8  p.m. City/ABC
Hell On Wheels Saturday 9 p.m. AMC

Season/series finales: 

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

Review: Continuum (Season Three)

Continuum title card (Screenshot via

Continuum title card (Screenshot via

Kiera Cameron, time travelling cop, Large Forehead Annonmous member (Screenshot via

Kiera Cameron, time-travelling cop, Large Forehead Anonymous member (Screenshot via

Either a time travel device or a Terry's Chocolate Orange

A Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Screenshot via

A time travel device (Image via Wikimedia)

Disney's Recess' Randall

Disney’s Recess’ Randall (Screenshot via

Alec Sadler (right) (Screenshot via YouTube)

Continuum‘s Alec Sadler (right) (Screenshot via YouTube)


I think we’ve all had a time travel fantasy. Who wouldn’t like to peek into the future or fix a past mistake? Time-travel series, Continuum turns that fantasy on its head and makes the entire concept seem like a dark, gritty nightmare. At the end of the show’s second season protagonist, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a cop from the year 2077 with a forehead the size of an IMAX screen, was left stranded in the year 2013 because some guy named Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) betrayed her and took her chance to go back to 2077 to save his girlfriend, Emily.

He simply snagged the Terry’s Chocolate Orange look-alike time travel device and went on his merry way back in time to save her. Season three of the series picks up right there and attempts to piece together lasts season’s epic cliffhanger.

Before I go any further, if you haven’t watched Continuum, you might think Alec Sadler’s a cool name, and since he betrayed someone that must mean he’s a badass. You might be surprised to learn that he’s portrayed as a curly-haired kinda geeky/nerdy, pale guy in his early to mid 20s. He looks a lot like Randall from Recess if he aged a good ten years or so, and exactly like the type of person I’d imagine who would be riveted to this show on the other side of the screen. Perhaps he is portrayed that way because it makes Alec more relatable to Continuum’s core audience. Continue reading