Canadian TV Ratings: November 23-29, 2015

Where do we even start with this hot mess of a week? Monday’s a logical place to start — how about we start there?

While some of Monday night’s shows showed some improvement from the week before, the numbers are still quite lousy. Not a single show cracked the two million viewer mark, but what’s perhaps the most interesting thing that happened that night wasn’t what was on top, but what Monday shows were near the end of Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. Murdoch Mysteries managed to draw more viewers than Supergirl on Global! (You hear that, NCIS: Los Angeles and Blindspot? You’re next!) City’s Scorpion made an appearance as well claiming the 24th spot for the week. It’s all just madness, I know.

The Adele special, Adele: Live in London, aired on Wednesday, November 25, and it drew monster ratings. Over 2.1 million Canadians tuned in to watch Adele do what Adele does best. That wasn’t the night’s top program, but it was mighty close. CTV/Bell had the North American exclusive rights for the special, so they pulled in that audience without a simulcast or much hype from the American press. Pretty snazzy, eh?

The Big Bang Theory was a rerun on Thursday, November 26, and it plummeted in the ratings — hard. It went from over four million viewers the week before to just below 1.8 million. When it comes to Big Bang numbers on Thursday nights, they seem to go hard or go home.  Continue reading


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.) Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: October 12-18, 2015

While last week I was a bit surprised by Blindspot’s numbers, the show managed to crash and burn on October 12. When compared to the episode that aired the week before, the new CTV drama lost 438,000 viewers. That’s a pretty steep drop from the fifth most-watched program for the week of October 5 to the 13th. Blindspot is not the only newbie show feeling the heat; Limitless and Code Black both lost viewers, too.

The only other new program that managed to crack the top 30 actually did far better. Quantico spiked up from a low last week, and that’s probably because it didn’t have to face competition from The Walking Dead for its October 18 episode. CTV’s new CIA drama gained nearly 275,000 viewers from its October 11 broadcast to sit comfortably ahead of the night’s other scripted network shows in the ratings.

You may notice that the charts below are littered with a bunch of baseball-related programs. Take those numbers with a grain of salt because Numeris decided to count several different MLB games or post-game shows for those numbers. Because of that, it’s hard to know exactly which programs may have been banged up in the ratings due to baseball.  Continue reading

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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Canadian TV Ratings: September 21-27, 2015

We should have all been excited that the new TV season is officially here, but it looks like no one really gave a damn when it actually came. I had a feeling things weren’t going very well when I didn’t come across many of those self-congratulatory ratings press releases CTV and Global are known for, but I had no idea things were this dire. Yikes, let’s take a look at what went down.

The season premiere of TV’s number one show, The Big Bang Theory, took quite a tumble from last year. The eighth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory drew an astronomical 3,942,000 last year, but only 2,788,000 tuned in for the ninth season premiere this year. While that was still enough to be the week’s most-watched show, that’s a drop of 1,154,000 viewers! If that doesn’t sound crazy enough by itself, keep in mind that it’s hard for many shows on CBC or City to even crack the one million viewer mark. Yeah, it’s that big of a drop. I’m guessing a lot of people decided to watch the Jays, watch the CBS broadcast (CTV aired it a bit earlier than CBS) or people just got bored with the show.

Gotham also took quite a tumble from last season’s premiere. The season premiere of Gotham, which aired after The Big Bang Theory on CTV, drew 2,009,000 viewers down from 3,375,000 for the series premiere last year. Gotham just missed out on being one of the week’s top-ten programs and one of the day’s top-three broadcasts.

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Press Release: More + Better: CTV’s 2015/2016 Schedule Revealed

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TORONTO (June 4, 2015) – As the curtain closes on one of its most successful seasons ever, CTV unveiled today a new primetime schedule that reinforces North America’s most stable television schedule with some of next season’s most anticipated new series. Building upon a youthful foundation of Canada’s most-watched returning programming, CTV’s 2015/16 schedule will be presented by Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, at the #CTVUpfront celebration of conventional television today in Toronto.

Among the highlights from CTV’s 2015 fall primetime schedule:

More Hits:

  • 11 returning Top 20 hits – more than all other Canadian networks combined.
  • Returning are Canada’s #1 series and #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; Canada’s #1 drama MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; #1 new series, THE FLASH; and #1 Canadian series MASTERCHEF CANADA.
  • Four new dramas debut this fall, with three new dramas on deck for midseason.

Better Schedule:

  • 17 hours of simulcast, more than any other Canadian network.
  • Fewer timeslot changes than any other Canadian network.
  • Top 15 lead-ins for nearly every new series.

Remarked King: “We’ve made a concerted effort to evolve our schedule while maintaining its incredible strength. We are presenting a new schedule full of Top 20 hits, but where 12 of our 18 core primetime series are just three years old or younger. This speaks not only to our strength and stability, but also our future potential for growth.” Continue reading

Press Release: More Buzz, Better Hits: Bell Media Lands Hollywood’s Next Big Series for CTV Networks’ 2015/16 Primetime Lineup

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TORONTO (May 22, 2015) – After an unprecedented season in which it delivered five new series among the Top 10 most-watched TV programs in Canada, CTV announced today it has landed two of the most sought-after new dramas from this year’s Los Angeles Screenings for CTV this fall: conspiracy drama QUANTICO and hit-maker Greg Berlanti’s action-packed mystery thriller BLINDSPOT. Rounding out a total of four new dramas for CTV this fall are the intriguing, heart-stopping hospital drama CODE BLACK and strike-it-rich explosive family drama OIL. The three new dramas joining the CTV schedule in mid-season are no less impressive, headlined by THE CATCH, the latest, fierce, female-led drama from the reigning queen of primetime Shonda Rhimes, along with the devilish DC Comics-inspired police procedural LUCIFER, and the superpowered ARROW/THE FLASH spin-off DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Acquired for CTV Two this fall is BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, a weekly live television event based on the smash-hit British series ANT AND DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY. In addition, the network adds to its lineup the third season of thrilling mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW.

The new series, along with CTV and CTV Two’s 2015/16 primetime schedules, will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 4 in Toronto. CTV ended the 2014-15 season as Canada’s most-watched television network among total viewers and A25-54 for the 14th year in a row. Continue reading