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
It looks like a ton of people were excited for the launch of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The spinoff even surpassed the original Criminal Minds in the ratings. Actually, it was the number one program in all of television for the week of March 14, drawing in over 2.6 million viewers.
The last, but ultimately unsuccessful Criminal Minds
spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour
, debuted in eighth place for the week back in February 2011
with nearly 2.5 million viewers.
The TV landscape was far healthier back then, though. Twelve programs during that week topped two million viewers, and perhaps most surprisingly $#*! My Dad Says was among those programs. While usually looked back at as kind of a flop, the sitcom actually topped Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour.
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.
It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Big Brother. In fact, you could say I hate it. On second thought, you should say that I hate it. I kinda feel my IQ dropping just thinking about it. But that doesn’t matter at all because it’s pretty obvious Big Brother Canada is a big hit.
The season four premiere snagged 1,402,000 viewers over on Global, which as far as I can tell was a dramatic increase from last season.
I was trying to find the exact numbers for Big Brother Canada
’s season three premiere, but I wasn’t able to even spot it on the Numeris Top Programs chart. Apparently, season three debuted on March 23 of last year, but when you check the Numeris Top Programs chart for the week
, the season premiere didn’t make it. That may be because it also aired on Slice, Big Brother Canada
’s former home.
The week of January 25 was a big one. You had the NHL All-Star Game and Grease: Live (on the same night, too), but let’s start with the weekly TV ratings chaos that is Monday nights.
Mondays have been the Random McRandomson of TV for a little while now, and Monday, January 25 wasn’t an exception. You had The X-Files at the top with 2,685,000 viewers, which also made it the week’s top show, and Lucifer, the day’s and the week’s second most-watched show with 2,292,000.
So, can I call it? Do we now have two new kings of Monday night? I’m not too sure about that because look what happened to Supergirl.
You know those people who love to bash the CBC? I’m talking about those people who make it seem like no one’s watching the thing and it isn’t earning its keep. Well, the ratings for the week of November 30 might make them look like they have some egg on their face.
The CBC landed five shows on Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. That’s much more than the one City managed to get on there and the exact same number as Global. The CBC actually has the top scripted Canadian series on TV with Murdoch Mysteries, and both it and the Rick Mercer Report drew more viewers than imports NCIS: Los Angeles and newbie Chicago Med over on Global. Heartland and 22 Minutes are still holding strong as well with nearly one million viewers each.
Okay, okay, I suppose I have to play devil’s advocate here, too. The CBC still can’t hold a candle to the powerhouse that is CTV. Even with some of its strongest shows like The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, How to Get Away with Murder and Castle MIA or in rerun mode, CTV managed to sweep nine of the top ten slots on the week’s chart — every one except the top spot. That honour went to Global’s Survivor. (I know. I’m surprised so many people even bother with Survivor after all of these years.) Actually, if you really want to get depressed, CBC’s top program has barely half the audience of the top program across all of television for the week of November 30, and if my memory serves me correctly, it’s regularly a small fraction of the top show. Continue reading