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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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