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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: September 28-October 4, 2015

While Global can boast that NCIS was the most-watched program for the week of September 28, some of their newbie shows aren’t holding up that well. After premiering to 2,237,000 viewers, Limitless sank down to an audience of only 1,786,000. Heroes Reborn saw a similar drop with nearly 450,000 viewers not bothering to stick around for episode two. Minority Report was the 30th most-watched show for the week of September 22, so unsurprisingly it didn’t make Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week of September 28.

In contrast, CTV’s Quantico held up very well in its second week. It was actually the second most-watched program of the week right behind Global’s NCIS. The Big Bang Theory had to settle for third place for the week with 2,429,000 viewers. How the mighty have fallen. As I said last week, The Big Bang Theory numbers may be down because more people decided to wait for the CBS broadcast or they got a severe case of Blue Jays fever. (The only prescription is more Blue Jays.)

Elsewhere, people were much more receptive to Code Black than I thought. From what I’ve seen of the series through promos and trailers, it looked quite generic, and I thought it would flatline immediately. The premiere did okay, though. It was just short of nabbing two million viewers. How many people will stick around for the full season is anyone’s guess.

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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