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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



Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s action-packed 2015/2016 fall schedule. Strengthening its already rock solid schedule of powerful dramas, Global is set to debut 13 new super-charged series. One of the most anticipated new shows for fall, with an astounding 12 million trailer views on YouTube in just two weeks, Supergirl joins Global’s powerhouse fall lineup. From the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as a coffee-fetching assistant whose life takes a dramatic turn when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Giving Global a super one-two punch is the highly anticipated superhuman adventure series Heroes: Reborn, based on the Emmy® Award winning original series Heroes from creator Tim Kring, featuring a fresh crop of inspiring heroes with extraordinary abilities.

Global continues to up the ante with high-profile new series Limitless and Minority Report. Limitless, based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper – who reprises his role as a guest star in the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer – follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman, American Sniper) as he discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI to use his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases. Minority Report, based on the successful Steven Spielberg film and starring one of Variety‘s 10 TV Actors to Watch Stark Sands, picks up 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. where a Precog and an idealistic detective work together clandestinely to stop the future he sees. Also new to the schedule is electrifying medical drama Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George (The Slap) as Dr. Alex Panttiere – an outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.

In an epic entrance to late night television and a weeknight game changer, Global brings critically acclaimed television host and comedian Stephen Colbert to Canadians with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The laughs continue with Golden Globe® and multiple Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) in Angel From Hell, a single camera comedy that follows Amy (Lynch), a colourful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson, Two and a Half Men) perfect life, claiming to be her guardian angel. Rounding out a knock-out comedic slate is the unabashed new comedy People Are Talking starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved By the Bell). People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are neighbours and best friends, and nothing is off limits for this wildly outspoken foursome as they go through life side-by-side and analyze and obsess about everything. 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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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, November 27, 2014 – Global’s lineup of returning hits and explosive new series continues to solidify the network as a primetime destination for audiences. Global has seen impressive primetime growth in Canada amongst total viewers, with a  four percent increase versus the same time last year. Propelled by newcomers Stalker and Madam Secretary and returning favourites Bones,  Hawaii Five-0 and Survivor, Global is seeing solid growth across primetime, with audiences up Wednesday through Sunday versus last year.

The highlights don’t stop there. Global’s primetime series are delivering massive audiences for the network. In addition to owning  six of the top 20 series, a number of primetime series have increased audiences in their timeslots over last year, including BonesMadam Secretary and Stalker.

The most watched show in the world, NCIS welcomed another spinoff to its franchise, and Canadians are hooked. NCIS: New Orleans joins the original in the top ten nationally, and maintains nearly all of the audience from NCIS. In addition, NCIS: New Orleans  is locked in a virtual tie with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Other programming highlights include:
• After 29 seasons, Survivor continues to be the #1 Reality program in Canada this fall
• Fan favourite Bones continues to deliver impressive audiences, increasing its new Thursday at 8 pm timeslot by  65%
Chicago Fire has increased its audience by 26% versus last year
• Newcomers  Stalker and Madam Secretary have improved their timeslots by 67% and 58% respectively
• The network has seen increased audiences Wednesday through Sunday:
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Canadian TV Ratings: October 13-19, 2014

With many of the premieres out of the way, things are now beginning to settle. If you compare the daily charts below with the ones from last week, you’ll likely notice that most of them have the same shows in the same order. The only exceptions are Stalker taking Arrow’s spot on Wednesday, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O switching places (as they often do), Madam Secretary sneaking its way back onto Sunday’s chart and that’s about it.

Things are likely going to change within the coming weeks. The Flash already saw a fairly steep drop off from last week, falling from 3,111,000 to 2,571,000 and if it follows the trend of most shows, that fall is likely only going to continue. The Big Bang Theory is moving from Monday to Thursday, which may mean Gotham’s ratings may drop as it no longer has The Big Bang Theory as its lead in. The move will almost certainly mean that How To Get Away With Murder won’t remain Thursday’s most watched show.
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Canadian TV Ratings: September 22-28, 2014

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Well here we go, the new TV season is in full swing and it brought some gigantic ratings. Half of Numeris’ top-30 list managed to score ratings north of two million viewers, with How To Get Away With Murder, Gotham and The Big Bang Theory snagging over three million.

Naturally, The Big Bang Theory was the week’s most watched program. It was just shy of four million viewers with 3,942,000 tuning in. That was out of simulcast with CBS and airing at 7 p.m.—that’s insanity! I bet if you add the people who tuned into the CBS broadcast, the number of Canadians who watched the premiere of The Big Bang Theory must have skyrocketed over the four million viewer mark.

Canadians were pretty happy to get their NCIS back as well. It attracted nearly three million viewers Tuesday night on Global. That’s over 350,000 more than its main timeslot competitor, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD over on CTV. The superb NCIS lead-in no doubt helped out NCIS: New Orleans at 9 p.m., which attracted 2,717,000. That’s slightly more than Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Continue reading