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: November 23-29, 2015

Where do we even start with this hot mess of a week? Monday’s a logical place to start — how about we start there?

While some of Monday night’s shows showed some improvement from the week before, the numbers are still quite lousy. Not a single show cracked the two million viewer mark, but what’s perhaps the most interesting thing that happened that night wasn’t what was on top, but what Monday shows were near the end of Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. Murdoch Mysteries managed to draw more viewers than Supergirl on Global! (You hear that, NCIS: Los Angeles and Blindspot? You’re next!) City’s Scorpion made an appearance as well claiming the 24th spot for the week. It’s all just madness, I know.

The Adele special, Adele: Live in London, aired on Wednesday, November 25, and it drew monster ratings. Over 2.1 million Canadians tuned in to watch Adele do what Adele does best. That wasn’t the night’s top program, but it was mighty close. CTV/Bell had the North American exclusive rights for the special, so they pulled in that audience without a simulcast or much hype from the American press. Pretty snazzy, eh?

The Big Bang Theory was a rerun on Thursday, November 26, and it plummeted in the ratings — hard. It went from over four million viewers the week before to just below 1.8 million. When it comes to Big Bang numbers on Thursday nights, they seem to go hard or go home.  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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Press Release: More Content, More Fun, More Choice City Unveils the 2015/16 Prime-Time Schedule

City (logo via Wikimedia)

City (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 2, 2015) City’s momentum continues today as it unveils its strongest and most dynamic schedule to date, announced this morning as part of the annual Rogers Upfront. Up six per cent year-over-year, * the City fall/mid-season schedule builds upon a successful foundation of 11 returning series with the addition of 12 new series.

“City is the home of unconventional conventional programming,” said Colette Watson, Vice President of Television & Broadcast Operations, Rogers. “Our schedule this year has the best mix of proven performers, avant-garde series, sports blockbusters, and the next big hits. It’s our most diverse programming lineup ever, and features a perfect blend of premium comedies and dramas, live event programming, and sports. The City schedule has something for everyone.” Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: March 9-15, 2015

CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple continued their strong performance during the week of Mar. 9. The Mar. 11 episode of CSI: Cyber drew 2,758,000 viewers to become the week’s second most-watched program. Actually, CSI: Cyber pulled an Empire and managed to rise from its already strong premiere. If you remember, the premiere of CSI: Cyber drew 2,644,000 on Mar. 4, which also made it the week’s second most-watched show.

The Odd Couple managed to rise as well, despite the drop of its lead in The Big Bang Theory. The Mar. 12 episode of The Odd Couple drew 2,362,000 viewers, up from the 2,239,000 that the Mar. 5 episode brought in.

That luck managed to spread to some of the weaker performing mid-season shows. Both Secrets and Lies and Battle Creek rose from their previous episodes. Secrets and Lies pulled in 1,254,000 up from 1,190,000 and Battle Creek drew 1,198,000 up from 1,098,000.

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Canadian TV Ratings: December 15-21, 2014

While ratings for the week of Dec. 8 weren’t particularly noteworthy, the ratings for the week of Dec. 15 sure were. CTV decided to go with a Cancon-heavy schedule, and naturally, you might expect that CTV’s ratings would have dipped without a few of its American anchors. So how did CTV’s programming fair? I’m glad you asked.

CTV aired a MasterChef Canada Christmas special on Monday, and with only 1,407,000 tuning in, it even lost out to City’s Scorpion. While 1,407,000 for a Canadian show is far from awful, it’s still down from what a typical MasterChef Canada episode would pull in, and I can’t help but imagine that the head honchos over at CTV are now a bit nervous about season two of MasterChef Canada starting in the mythical Sunday at 7 p.m. time-slot in a few weeks.

CTV’s presentation of Corner Gas: The Movie on Dec. 15 did far better and managed to crack the two-million-viewer mark. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to make it the night’s most watched program according to the Numeris chart. Global managed to best it with Survivor. However, the broadcast of Corner Gas: The Movie was a “super-simulcast network premiere,” which is a fancy way of saying that it aired on CTV, CTV Two and CTV GO. I’m not sure if Numeris included the CTV Two numbers with CTV’s for the broadcast chart, but if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be surprised if CTV Two’s numbers along with CTV’s would have helped Corner Gas: The Movie top SurvivorContinue reading

Press Release: Premiere Week Report Card: Final Data Confirms CTV’s GOTHAM as #1 New Fall Premiere

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CTV (logo via

TORONTO (October 8, 2014) – Final data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms that GOTHAM is the most-watched series premiere of the 2014/2015 TV season thus far, with a final audience of 3.4 million viewers on CTV, it was announced today. CTV delivered four of the Top 6 most-watched new programs during Premiere Week among total viewers. Along with CTV’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (#2) and FOREVER (#3), GOTHAM allowed CTV to complete a clean sweep of the Top 3 new series of the week for A25-54 and A18-49, performing well beyond projected audiences among those demos and total viewers.

The announcement comes as last night’s series premiere of THE FLASH on CTV ranks #3 among series debuts this fall based on preliminary overnight audiences, and is sure to become one of the top-ranked new programs of the season with final data.

Additionally, both GOTHAM and CTV’s HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (3.1 million) landed among the Top 3 most-watched television programs in Canada for the week overall (along with THE BIG BANG THEORY, 3.9 million), and among the Top 4 for all key demos. Continue reading