How To Get Away With Murder

Canadian TV Ratings: April 11-17, 2016

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.

A few weeks back Bell Media published “Ratings Bloom! CTV Claims Eight of Canada’s Top 10 Most-Watched Programs this Spring,” and the PR folks did what they do best.

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.

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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 14-20, 2016

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.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 22-28, 2016

So the Academy Awards aired on February 28, and despite the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, it still managed to pull in some pretty big numbers. A good 5,654,000 tuned in to the Academy Awards, that’s actually up from last year’s audience of 5,526,000.

Out in the U.S., however, ratings for the Oscars dropped quite substantially. Only 34.3 million watched the Oscars, the smallest audience the award show has brought in since 2008.

Some believe that drop has little to do with the controversy around the Oscars’ lack of diversity, but rather things like streaming options, blockbusters getting largely snubbed from the best picture category and just a random assortment of many, many award shows around the same time.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 15-21, 2016

Music has been a bit of a mixed bag for City. Glee, that musical dramedy that tormented everyone for a good six seasons, ended its run on City well after the show kinda collapsed in on itself. Empire, that huge runaway hit on Fox was a huge flop on City, so much so that they yanked it partway through the season. City has simulcast NBC’s Christmastime live musicals, but the last one, The Wiz Live, didn’t even crack the top-30 for the week.

When it comes to music, City, however, also has the Grammys, and I bet the folks over at City lose their head each year when it comes to the Grammys. The Grammys are the Grammys after all, and it’s pretty much one of the few times of the year the network seems to get anything that somewhat resemble ratings that a typical TV network should bring in.

Besides the obvious clobbering that you don’t need me to tell you it got from The Big Bang Theory, it did alright despite a noticeable drop. If you want the numbers, here they are: City saw 2,462,000 tune into the Grammy Awards, down from the 2,867,000 it brought in last year.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 8-14, 2016

It looks like Canada is getting ready to rebuke Lucifer. CTV’s new Monday night comic book show managed to only draw 1,804,000 viewers for its February 8 episode, which meant it shed 365,000 viewers from its previous broadcast.

But enough of the bad news, a lot of old favourites made their way back onto TV for the week of February 8. NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los: Angeles, Castle, The Amazing Race, How to Get Away with Murder, Madam Secretary and MasterChef Canada were some of the ones I spotted on Numeris’ chart.

However, besides Lucifer’s sudden drop and the return of a number of shows, everything is at or around where you’d expect it to be.

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Canadian TV Ratings: November 9-15, 2015

I’m not sure what happened over the week of November 9, but a bunch of the nation’s top shows plummeted. When compared to their broadcasts for the week prior, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Survivor and Quantico shed roughly 200,000 viewers. Grey’s managed to shed nearly 225,000 viewers, and Blue Bloods, Supergirl and Limitless saw smaller hits as they lost roughly 125,000.

Surprisingly, How to Get Away with Murder was one of the few shows that gained viewers. It went from 1,508,000 for its November 5 episode to 1,774,000 for its November 12 episode. That episode wasn’t even the show’s midseason finale. [Don’t get me started on what a ridiculous concept a “midseason finale” is.] How to Get Away with Murder’s midseason finale aired the following week on November 19, and we should get those final numbers next week.

Regardless, it’s still a bit odd to see a show like How to Get Away with Murder spike like that. It has always been the type of program that I thought you’d have to watch every week or else you might feel lost. How to Get Away with Murder feels like it’s so fragile that if they make one bad move when it comes to the plot, the entire show would fall apart like a house of cards. Continue reading