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Canadian TV Ratings: March 7-13, 2016

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.

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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 16-22, 2015

Let’s talk about Monday nights, shall we? What seemed to be one of the most promising nights on TV, with established hits like Castle and NCIS: Los Angeles and buzzed about newbies like Gotham, Supergirl and Blindspot, has been in a bit of a free fall lately.

Just compared to last week, NCIS: Los Angeles lost 304,000 viewers, Supergirl shed 234,000, Castle dropped 165,000 and Gotham kissed goodbye to 129,000, and of the top bunch of programs airing on Monday night, only Blindspot gained some viewers with 133,000 more tuning in from the previous week.

So, what’s going on there? I have absolutely no idea. Okay, okay, I suppose I should take a stab at it. (That’s kinda what this blog is all about, isn’t it?) Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: October 26-November 1, 2015

Supergirl to the rescue! Global’s Supergirl had a rather impressive debut on October 26 with 2,263,000 viewers despite its kinda awkward time-slot. CBS decided to use a new episode of The Big Bang Theory to lead into Supergirl, but since Theory is a half-hour sitcom and Supergirl is an hour-long show, it started at 8:31 and ran until 9:31. I’m not sure what Global aired before Supergirl, I want to say Border Security (because that’s pretty much the only filler 30 minute show that Global apparently has at the moment), but I’m not 100 per cent certain.

Oh boy, I feel a rant coming on…. This is one of the frustrating things about Canadian TV — it’s hard to come across TV listings. The websites and apps that have TV listings are quite crummy and only go a day or two back. To make matters worse, TV listings in print are increasingly hard to come by. That makes it hard to get the info to put everything in context unless you have a very sharp memory or obsessively hoard screenshots of TV listings to refer back to later. Whew, glad I got that out. Let’s regroup in the next paragraph.

Global’s newbie didn’t seem to affect the ratings for Gotham that much, but it looks like it might have had a bit of an effect on Blindspot. CTV’s NBC import drew 1,621,000 viewers for its October 26 episode, down from 1,769,000 for its last broadcast on CTV on October 12. (CTV’s lineup was pushed to CTV Two on October 19 due to election night coverage on CTV proper.) Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: September 21-27, 2015

We should have all been excited that the new TV season is officially here, but it looks like no one really gave a damn when it actually came. I had a feeling things weren’t going very well when I didn’t come across many of those self-congratulatory ratings press releases CTV and Global are known for, but I had no idea things were this dire. Yikes, let’s take a look at what went down.

The season premiere of TV’s number one show, The Big Bang Theory, took quite a tumble from last year. The eighth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory drew an astronomical 3,942,000 last year, but only 2,788,000 tuned in for the ninth season premiere this year. While that was still enough to be the week’s most-watched show, that’s a drop of 1,154,000 viewers! If that doesn’t sound crazy enough by itself, keep in mind that it’s hard for many shows on CBC or City to even crack the one million viewer mark. Yeah, it’s that big of a drop. I’m guessing a lot of people decided to watch the Jays, watch the CBS broadcast (CTV aired it a bit earlier than CBS) or people just got bored with the show.

Gotham also took quite a tumble from last season’s premiere. The season premiere of Gotham, which aired after The Big Bang Theory on CTV, drew 2,009,000 viewers down from 3,375,000 for the series premiere last year. Gotham just missed out on being one of the week’s top-ten programs and one of the day’s top-three broadcasts.

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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: May 11-17, 2015

Despite the slew of season finales the week before, Canada bid adieu to a few more shows for the season during the week of May 11.

Castle finished up its season with just over 2.2 million viewers, while NCIS managed to best it with its season finale. The capper of NCIS’ 12th season drew 2,418,000 viewers on May 12 and was the week’s second most-watched show according to Numeris. The season finale of its sister show NCIS: New Orleans also did fairly nicely with 2,060,000 viewers.

CSI: Cyber had a bit of an odd end to the season with three episodes airing in one week. The episodes that aired on May 11 and May 13 took one slot on Numeris’ Top Programs chart, while May 13’s 10 p.m. episode took another. The May 13 10 p.m. episode, which also serves as the show’s season finale, topped the week’s other two episodes with 1,638,000. That wasn’t enough to make Wednesday’s chart below, though.

Canuck shows MasterChef Canada and Big Brother Canada both managed to make Sunday’s chart. MasterChef Canada actually took quite a tumble from the previous week’s broadcast, however. It drew 2,050,000 for its May 10 episode, while May 17’s episode only drew 1,462,000 as the lead in to the Billboard Music Awards.

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