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Canadian TV Ratings: March 7-13, 2016

As a number of the country’s top shows disappeared from Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week, we were left with a bunch of middling “hits” taking up the chart. Only two programs, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, managed to attract over two million viewers.

Putting the missing hits aside, this is one of the weeks that you can really spot how dominant CTV is. The network held 13 out of the top 15 programs. Only Global’s Hawaii Five-O and Survivor managed to crack the top 15.

They’re both CBS imports as well. Actually, Global relies heavily on CBS. All but one of their programs that made the Top Programs chart for the week was a CBS program or a Canadian version of a CBS program. That lone non-CBS show was Shades of Blue from NBC. This week didn’t even have NCIS and its spinoffs, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary or Supergirl on the chart either.

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Canadian TV Ratings: November 9-15, 2015

I’m not sure what happened over the week of November 9, but a bunch of the nation’s top shows plummeted. When compared to their broadcasts for the week prior, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Survivor and Quantico shed roughly 200,000 viewers. Grey’s managed to shed nearly 225,000 viewers, and Blue Bloods, Supergirl and Limitless saw smaller hits as they lost roughly 125,000.

Surprisingly, How to Get Away with Murder was one of the few shows that gained viewers. It went from 1,508,000 for its November 5 episode to 1,774,000 for its November 12 episode. That episode wasn’t even the show’s midseason finale. [Don’t get me started on what a ridiculous concept a “midseason finale” is.] How to Get Away with Murder’s midseason finale aired the following week on November 19, and we should get those final numbers next week.

Regardless, it’s still a bit odd to see a show like How to Get Away with Murder spike like that. It has always been the type of program that I thought you’d have to watch every week or else you might feel lost. How to Get Away with Murder feels like it’s so fragile that if they make one bad move when it comes to the plot, the entire show would fall apart like a house of cards. Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: November 2-8, 2015

The Big Bang Theory moseyed its way back onto Thursday nights, and you know those millions of viewers who just seemed to have disappeared when the show aired new episodes on Monday nights, they’ve all miraculously showed up. November 5’s Big Bang Theory drew 4,122,000 viewers over on CTV. The large spike from the 2,666,000 that the last Big Bang original drew on October 26 is almost certainly because simultaneous substitution is back in effect for the series. CTV is now airing the program at the same time as CBS instead of airing it a half-hour before like they did when the show was on Monday nights.

Without Big Bang Theory on Mondays, the night is now a ghost townThe top show on Monday, November 2 was Supergirl with 1,736,000 tuning in. To give you an idea of how bad that number is, two series on Friday of the same week, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O, drew more viewers than Monday’s new top show. Friday, as many of you probably know, is pretty much a dead night for TV. It’s not Saturday dead, but it’s still pretty lousy.

Actually, things are so bad on Mondays that CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries is almost catching up to two former hotshot series on Global and CTV. Just 283,000 viewers separate Global’s NCIS: Los Angeles and Murdoch Mysteries, and 204,000 separate Murdoch and CTV’s Gotham. Believe it or not, Gotham was actually considered the #1 fall premiere at one point last year with nearly 3.4 million viewers, so things have absolutely collapsed for the show. Being up against Supergirl, another superhero series, probably isn’t helping Gotham in the ratings, too.  Continue reading

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

CTV (logo via

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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

Canadian TV Ratings: December 29, 2014-January 4, 2015

The week of Dec. 29 was a bit of a mixed bag. The bad news was that there wasn’t much on TV prior to ringing in the new year. The World Juniors preliminaries topped the charts on both Monday and Wednesday. City’s simulcast of ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve beat out Global’s ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls, although just by a hair. Air Farce’s annual New Year’s Eve special did well and attracted 1,172,000 viewers. It was the CBC’s second most-watched program for the week right behind Hockey Night in Canada.

Once we did make it to 2015, however, a bunch of imports from CBS started popping up on the charts. The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O, CSI, Madam Secretary and The Big Bang Theory all made it onto the charts below, but none of them were a match for the World Juniors playoff games, which easily took the week with well over three million viewers. 

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Canadian TV Ratings: December 8-14, 2014

I’m not going to lie: this probably wasn’t the most exciting week in the history of television. Well, maybe that’s not the case if you’re a big fan of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show attracted 1.6 million viewers to Global on Tuesday night. That wasn’t enough to make Tuesday’s chart below, but it’s a pretty impressive showing for a special. It managed to top Hawaii Five-O, NCIS: Los Angeles and even CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Aside from the Victoria’s Secret Angels making their appearance on the Numeris Top-30 chart, much of the rest of the top-30 didn’t change much from last week. Sure, The Big Bang Theory reclaimed its title as the nation’s most-watched show, and Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods returned to their respective nights, but you’ll have to pay careful attention to notice any other major changes.

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Canadian TV Ratings: October 20-26, 2014

Most shows continued their slow descent downwards this week, with Canada’s largest programs taking some of the biggest hits. The nation’s most popular series, The Big Bang Theory, lost 309,000 viewers from last week, while the nation’s second most popular program, Criminal Minds, bested it by losing 335,000. The week’s third place show, The Flash, held up better than I thought it would, only shedding 23,000.

Actually, when you take a look at the charts below, the only two shows that packed on viewers from last week are The Amazing Race and Blue Bloods, gaining 34,000 and 83,000 respectively.

As always, for more on the nation’s top programs, check out the daily charts below, and for even more, visit Numeris at the source link. Continue reading