You’ll be singing the blues once you see the HNIC numbers for May 21’s Blues-Sharks game (logo via Wikimedia)
Do you guys remember this thing called Hockey Night in Canada? Week after week Canadians from across the country would emerge out of their igloos and gather around a TV set to watch something called a “hockey game” on Saturday nights. And they’d drink beer and watch people chase something called a “puck” with strange looking sticks on ice!
Of course, you remember Hockey Night in Canada, but on May 21, it sure didn’t seem like it. That night’s Blues vs. Sharks game only drew 900,000 viewers, which was enough to place HNIC in seventh place for the weekend! That’s right, seventh. Quite crazy isn’t it?
So what did better than HNIC? It shouldn’t be any surprise by now, but the Raptors. They took the top two spots for the weekend. Their top game averaged 1.8 million viewers. The world hockey championship final took third place for the weekend with 1,365,000 viewers on TSN. The rest were all NHL hockey games that each aired on a different day on CBC.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders took quite a tumble on May 11. Its 9 p.m. broadcast drew 1,562,000 viewers, which is around Quantico, Chicago Fire and The Blacklist territory. Its episode that aired the week before at 10 p.m. brought in over two million viewers.
What it seems happened was that it aired without the Criminal Minds lead in it usually had and instead took the place of that show on the schedule.
I know CBS aired a double bill
of Beyond Borders
that night, but if you take a look at Numeris’ chart, you might think that CTV only aired the first episode because the second one isn’t listed. That seems odd. It might have just been the hardest hit by the Raptors playoff game that night.
The Raptors are finally on top (logo via Wikimedia)
Finally! The Raptors have made it to the top of the ratings pack. God, that took forever.
For the weekend of May 13, the Raptors managed to top every other sports broadcast that aired that weekend with their May 15 game against the Heat. It managed to draw an incredible 1.5 million viewers on TSN.
Right behind them in the ratings was the Sharks-Blues game that aired on CBC on the same day with 1.4 million viewers. It was quite close, but the Raptors came out on top. Continue reading
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
Actually, it’s not hard to see why more people would be more interested in the Penguins. Look at how adorable that penguin is. (logo via Wikimedia)
What’s pretty incredible, but not really surprising, is that the Raptors still can’t seem to top hockey for the life of them. Their game against the Heat on Saturday, May 7 barely cracked the million viewer mark, but a Penguins-Capitals game that aired on the same night drew over 1.6 million viewers.
While over a million viewers for the Raptors is quite an accomplishment, especially when you put it next to the ratings they drew in during the regular season, it’s still a bit low considering how well the Raptors have been performing lately and that they’re, you know, in the playoffs.
In fact it’s so low that the Jays actually came pretty close to overtaking the Raptors with their May 6 game against the Dodgers. That one also drew a hair over the million viewer mark, too.
The Raptors can’t catch a break (logo via Wikimedia)
Canada’s enthusiasm for hockey was funny for a while, but now it’s downright sad. While the Raptors are absolutely killing it in the NBA playoffs, hockey still managed to trump them.
I’m not even talking a hockey game, which might make a bit of sense even though no Canadian teams made the NHL playoffs this year, I’m talking about whatever the hell the NHL draft lottery is. It drew 1,570,000 viewers, which was 40,000 viewers more than the Raptors-Pacers game. To add insult to injury, that Raptors game attracted just 30,000 more viewers than the Penguins-Capitals match that aired the same night as the draft lottery. That’s some weird stuff.
Putting that aside, the Raptors did make history with their May 1 game. According to Yahoo, their audience of 1.53 million was still a record for the largest audience for an NBA game and was the first time a basketball game brought in a bigger audience than the other programs on Canadian TV for the night. At least they have that, but can’t the Raptors get a bit more respect? Continue reading