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.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders took quite a tumble on May 11. Its 9 p.m. broadcast drew 1,562,000 viewers, which is around Quantico, Chicago Fire and The Blacklist territory. Its episode that aired the week before at 10 p.m. brought in over two million viewers.
What it seems happened was that it aired without the Criminal Minds lead in it usually had and instead took the place of that show on the schedule.
I know CBS aired a double bill
of Beyond Borders
that night, but if you take a look at Numeris’ chart, you might think that CTV only aired the first episode because the second one isn’t listed. That seems odd. It might have just been the hardest hit by the Raptors playoff game that night.
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.
One of the great mysteries of Canadian TV is how it’s so similar to American TV, yet so different. A great example would be Canadians’ interest in superhero shows, like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Flash and Lucifer, which have lukewarm ratings down south.
Let’s look at SHIELD
’s April 26 episode “The Singularity.” It snagged 3.22 million
viewers on ABC in the U.S., but here in Canada over on CTV, it went a hair over 1.9 million viewers.
Keep in mind that the population of the U.S. is around nine times greater than the population of Canada. (Based on recent estimates, the U.S. population should be around 323 million
, while Canada’s should be in the neighbourhood of 36 million
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.
TV press releases can make for some wacky reads. Even when it’s clear that the world is imploding around a TV network, leave it to the PR folks to spin facts or cherry pick what they’d like to make it seem like they’re not just doing fine, they’re doing great.
I’m not faulting them at all for trying because it is their job after all, but even they have to admit that what they’re trying to pull gets a bit outrageous at times.
Of the gems you’ll find in there is one where they tout The Catch as ranking in the top 10 new programs for the spring with 1.2 million viewers. I don’t even think they were trying with that one because 1.2 million is an absolute bomb when you place it next to some of the other hyped series premieres even if you just look back over the past two seasons. Heck, it’s not even one of the top 10 new programs of the year, which is probably why they went with “top 10 new programs this spring” instead of “top 10 new programs” to begin with.
CBS, and by extension CTV, aired a double dose of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders on April 6 instead of the usual Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and both episodes of the new spinoff did well. The 9 p.m. episode did a hair over 2.1 million viewers, while the 10 p.m. episode did a bit over 2.2 million. They were the first and second most-watched shows of the day and the third and fourth most-watched shows of the week, too.
The Odd Couple made a return to TV on April 7, and it did pretty damn well considering the TV landscape at the moment. It drew in over 1.8 million viewers for its second season premiere. Not too bad for a show that has had numerous on-screen adaptations. You’d think people would’ve been sick of it by now, but I guess not. Airing after The Big Bang Theory doesn’t hurt either.
The Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Jays games also made an appearance on the week’s chart as one collective program. (Again, I can’t figure out why Numeris does this, but it’s a thing.) The Jays games were near the bottom at 28th place for the week with 1,040,000 viewers. That’s not too bad, right?