Network TV needs to fear The Walking Dead. CTV’s freshman hit Quantico had the misfortune of going up against the season premiere of The Walking Dead on October 11, and the AMC zombie show took a large bite out of Quantico’s audience. Quantico went from being the second most-watched show of the week with an audience of 2,519,000 for its October 4 episode to the 12th most-watched show of the week with an audience of only 1,889,000 when the super-sized premiere of AMC’s mega hit The Walking Dead ran for an extra half hour into its time-slot on October 11. Luckily for Quantico, it shouldn’t have to go up directly against The Walking Dead often. It will have to put up with its companion show Talking Dead, though.
If you’re hoping to see how many people tuned into The Walking Dead in Canada, however, you shouldn’t hold your breath. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll ever know how many people watched the show in Canada because it airs on an American network, and I don’t believe Numeris tracks how many Canadian viewers watch American networks. Their “Weekly Top 30” chart, where the information below comes from, only takes a look at “the Top 30 TV programs for all national networks and Canadian English specialty networks,” so AMC wouldn’t fit the bill.
What I can tell you, though, is that The Big Bang Theory reclaimed its title of the number one show in the country. It jumped from 2,429,000 for its September 28 broadcast on CTV to 2,625,000 for the episode that aired on October 5. NCIS, the show that was tops for the week of September 28, lost viewers instead. It went from 2,614,000 viewers for its September 29 episode to 2,569,000 for the one on October 6. It managed to become the week’s second most-watched broadcast behind The Big Bang Theory, though. (No surprise there.)
Hometown Hockey is still a thing apparently (screenshot via YouTube/City)
Who would’ve ever thought we’d see the day that hockey would play second fiddle to baseball? Well, with the Jays in the playoffs, the second season premiere of Hometown Hockey featuring the Canadiens and Senators on October 11 got pushed over to Sportsnet One (after already being demoted from City to Sportsnet), and it only attracted 372,000 viewers.
The Jays probably aren’t the only ones to blame for Hometown Hockey’s pitiful ratings as football typically has a stranglehold on Sundays. Plus there’s The Walking Dead, Quantico and whatever other scripted nonsense you have on the broadcast networks and cable. I didn’t come across the Hometown Hockey pre-game show on the list of top-25 sporting events for the weekend, so I’m guessing it drew south of 163,000 viewers. That just adds insult to injury.
In any case, Rogers probably doesn’t really care much that Hometown Hockey is getting steamrolled because the Jays are pulling in record-breaking numbers on Sportsnet. (Monday’s Jays game nearly hit 4.4 million viewers!) However, when the World Series comes to a close or if the Jays get eliminated early, they better hope things pick up for Hometown Hockey. Continue reading
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.
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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TORONTO (June 29, 2015) – MIGHTY SHIPS is set to shove off for its epic eighth season, delivering an unparalleled stem-to-stern journey alongside the world’s most sophisticated vessels, premiering Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT exclusively on Discovery. The long-running Canadian mega-hit series, produced by Bell Media’s Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery and seen in more than 150 territories around the world, uses stunning cinematography to capture the spectacular scale and innovation behind everything from luxurious cruise ships and cargo haulers to warships and oil drilling rigs, along with the navigational challenges of stormy seas and extreme weather.
Season 8 kicks off with twice the might, featuring all-new back-to-back episodes showcasing “Quantum of the Seas” – the world’s most deluxe cruise ship, boasting extreme sports facilities and an observation pod that takes guests to staggering, skyscraper heights. And battening down the hatches for the second episode of the evening, “Hawk” takes viewers aboard one of the world’s most powerful semi-submersible transports – a vessel that must actually sink before she swims.
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TORONTO (May 25, 2015) – CTV’s summer programing was finalized today with announcement of the return of the most-watched television program in Canada last summer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, headlining the network’s Summer 2015 schedule with its third season premiere Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Canada’s most-watched Canadian series is joined by previously announced blockbuster summer event series ZOO, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 30.
An all-new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and ZOO join a summer lineup featuring new and returning fan-favourite hits including: Betty White and the gang in Part 1 of the farewell season of HOT IN CLEVELAND (May 26), as well as another celebrity filled season of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (July 7).
CTV remains the destination for live events and award shows this summer, with the previously announced FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ matches beginning June 6.
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TORONTO (May 7, 2015) – Witnessing the inner workings of what it takes to launch and execute a mighty mission on some of the world’s most unique aircrafts, viewers take flight into the world of aviation when the original Canadian series MIGHTY PLANES returns for Season 3, Sunday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. PT on Discovery. The six-episode season premieres with the story of the CP-140 Aurora, considered one of the best surveillance aircraft in the world. The series then moves to its regular timeslot of Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 29.
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