Rick Mercer

Canadian TV Ratings: November 30-December 6, 2015

You know those people who love to bash the CBC? I’m talking about those people who make it seem like no one’s watching the thing and it isn’t earning its keep. Well, the ratings for the week of November 30 might make them look like they have some egg on their face.

The CBC landed five shows on Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. That’s much more than the one City managed to get on there and the exact same number as Global. The CBC actually has the top scripted Canadian series on TV with Murdoch Mysteries, and both it and the Rick Mercer Report drew more viewers than imports NCIS: Los Angeles and newbie Chicago Med over on Global. Heartland and 22 Minutes are still holding strong as well with nearly one million viewers each.

Okay, okay, I suppose I have to play devil’s advocate here, too. The CBC still can’t hold a candle to the powerhouse that is CTV. Even with some of its strongest shows like The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, How to Get Away with Murder and Castle MIA or in rerun mode, CTV managed to sweep nine of the top ten slots on the week’s chart — every one except the top spot. That honour went to Global’s Survivor. (I know. I’m surprised so many people even bother with Survivor after all of these years.) Actually, if you really want to get depressed, CBC’s top program has barely half the audience of the top program across all of television for the week of November 30, and if my memory serves me correctly, it’s regularly a small fraction of the top show.  Continue reading

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Press Release: 22 YEARS OF 22 MINUTES. THE NEW SEASON BEGINS THIS TUESDAY AT 8:30 P.M. (9 P.M. NT)

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CBC (logo via CBC)

The award-winning, record-breaking, Canadian comedy institution THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES, is back for its 22nd year beginning Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. (9 p.m. NT) with more savage satire each week. This season promises to be bigger than ever with special guests, live events, an hour-long retrospective special and a nation-wide contest in addition to weekly episodes on CBC-TV.

Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Susan Kent and Cathy Jones return to bring their unique brand of comedy to the beloved 22 MINUTES program that has kept Canadian viewers laughing (and Canadian politicians cringing) since 1993. This season’s schedule includes 19 new episodes plus the retrospective special.
The first season cast included Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey, Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones, who continues on the series. Other Canadian comedy standouts to grace the 22 MINUTES anchor desk over the past 22 years include Colin Mochrie, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall, Jonathan Torrens, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Greenwood and many more.

In honour of the iconic comedy’s 22nd year, CBC is celebrating THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES throughout the season with live events and a retrospective TV special. CBC will host a star-studded This Hour Has 22 Years – Live in Toronto event on Dec. 4th in celebration of the program, its stars, and the legacy it has built over the years as an anchor of Canadian comedy. This red-carpet event will feature some of the biggest names and brightest stars that Canada has produced in the world of comedy.

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Press Release: CBC’S AMBER MARSHALL, GRAHAM WARDLE, JESSI CRUICKSHANK AND JEFF DOUGLAS TO JOIN CMT’S PAUL MCGUIRE AND CARMEL BAIRD, AND MORE, TO PRESENT AT THE 2014 CCMA AWARDS SHOW

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(Toronto, ON) – Big names from the worlds of television and country music come together to add even more luster to the star-studded 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show on Sunday, September 7th at 8 p.m. local time (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC-TV and on CMT (Canada) at 10 p.m. ET. CBCMusic.ca will live-stream the award show at cbcmusic.ca/CCMA;and in addition, will have the show available On-Demand post broadcast.

CBC’s Gemini Award-winning host and satirist Rick Mercer and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden will form a dynamic duo as co-hosts of the show at Edmonton’s Rexall Place. A total of eight CCMA Awards will be handed out over the course of the night by an impressive list of presenters, including CBC stars Jessi Cruickshank and Jeff Douglas, hosts of Canada’s Smartest Person, and stars of CBC’s Heartland, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle. CMT’s Paul McGuire, host of the Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown, and Carmel Baird, star of Mom’s a Medium will also share presenting honours.

Confirmed musicians to present at this year’s CCMA Awards Show in Edmonton, Alberta are Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Tom Cochrane, Lindsay Ell, Wendell Ferguson, Sam Hunt, Wes Mack, Beverley Mahood, Lindi Ortega,MacKenzie Porter,  Deric Ruttan, The Stellas, Tebey, Bobby Wills and Michelle Wright.

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Canadian Country Music Association Awards logo (2014)

Press Release: Autumn Hill, George Canyon, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke and The Road Hammers to Perform on the 2014 CCMA Awards

(Toronto, ON) – In the final round of performer announcements as part of #CCMATalentTuesdays, the Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced that George Canyon, Brett Kissel, Jess Moskaluke and The Road Hammers will perform on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show. Co-host Jann Arden will also perform, alongside Autumn Hill. The 2014 CCMA Awards Show, hosted by Arden and Rick Mercer, broadcasts on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 7.

Following a landmark year in 2013 with CCMA and Juno Award nominations for their debut album, Favourite Mistake, the 2014 CCMA nominated duo, Autumn Hill is set to hit the road this fall with fellow country music artist, Kira Isabella. Nationwide radio play for “Anything At All”, “Can’t Keep Waiting” and “Fire” spawned three chart-topping country hits, and lead to the duo making history as the first Canadian country act to cross over to pop radio since Shania Twain. Autumn Hill is featured on the new Jann Arden single, “Karolina”. The duo, and the co-host of the 2014 CCMA Awards, will perform the song on this year’s Show.

It has been 10 years since George Canyon thrilled the national audience with his journey on USA Network’s Nashville Star as the only contestant from Canada. His continued success has produced many accolades and over 300,000 album sales. Canyon will celebrate this milestone with a national tour, commencing this fall, and with an album which his fans helped to create – selecting the song compilation by sending him their favourite choices.The album is appropriately titled, Decade of Hits and will be released on September 9, 2014.

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