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: 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 18-24, 2016

As much as I like sitcoms, it’s pretty clear that they’re dead. Outside of The Big Bang Theory, which remains the top show in the country by far, only one other sitcom managed to crack the top-30 for the week of April 18: The Odd Couple.

The odd thing about The Big Bang Theory and The Odd Couple is that they’re not anything really special and they’re arguably not that funny. They’re really middle-of-the-road sitcoms that don’t feel like they’re doing anything really original or inventive.

That’s particularly true with The Odd Couple, which is comically unoriginal when you look at it. It’s a remake of a ‘70s TV show based on a movie, which itself was based on a play, and that TV show was remade in the ‘80s and had an animated counterpart in the mid-‘70s. That’s not to mention the sequel to the aforementioned film and the many reworkings of the original Odd Couple play. If that wasn’t enough, this new version of The Odd Couple almost resembles a ‘90s sitcom or Two and a Half Men without the half man. It’s quite mind-boggling how many things this show rehashes.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: April 8-10, 2016


The Jays’ success probably can’t offset the rest of Rogers’ nightmares (logo via Wikimedia)

If you thought the Jays’ season opener numbers were crazy, wait till you see what they did for their home opener. They managed to draw in almost 1.8 million for that game, which is pretty astonishing when you think about it. According to Yahoo, that’s a record for a Jays season opener. Duh. But you may be surprised to learn the previous record was 1.44 million, which was set back in 2013.

The less said about Hockey Night in Canada now, the better, but I suppose I should say something since Rogers dropped a cool $5.2 billion on NHL rights. So far, it’s not looking like the best investment because on top of dramatically lower numbers for the early HNIC games, we’re going into playoff season without a single Canadian team on the ice. Ouch.

Apparently this is the first time a Canadian team hasn’t made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in around 50 years, and Rogers might lose $10 million in ad revenue because of all of that, which not even the Jays or Raptors might be able to make up for. That’s again according to Chris Zelkovich over at Yahoo. (What would we do without that guy?)

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Canadian TV Ratings: March 21-27, 2016

After a week on top of everything on TV, including its parent show, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders had to settle for second place in its second week on the air. The drama drew 2,412,000 in for its second episode, and that’s down from the over 2.6 million it drew in for its debut episode.

The original Criminal Minds, however, spiked to well over 2.6 million viewers, which was up from the over 2.2 million it drew in the week before. Maybe Beyond Borders reignited people’s interest in the original Criminal Minds, who knows?

So this is the second week in a row I’ve spent a good chunk of my time writing about the Criminal Minds franchise. Have you started to wonder why? Well, that’s because the ratings for nearly everything else on TV have been no good, rotten and arguably downright depressing.

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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 [Sports]: March 11-13, 2016


Could GameCentre Live be to blame for the sinking NHL numbers? (image via Rogers)

When you’re brave enough to take a look at the ratings for the weekend of March 11, you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from saying “good grief.” Well, that or a series of expletives.

March 12’s Hockey Night in Canada early games drew in 1,360,000 across CBC, Sportsnet and City. Remember way back in the day (i.e. last year) when you’d see a good 2.1 million tuning in? I guess those days are long gone.

So, what happened? Maybe in this Rogers era of the NHL, Rogers was a victim of its own success. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but when Rogers snagged the NHL rights, it started to bundle in GameCentre Live (sorry, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™) in random packages.

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