Canadian TV Ratings: May 16-22, 2016

As the TV season is nearing an end and some of the country’s top shows are calling it quits for the summer, we’re seeing City on the chart with a few shows.

Two episodes of Mike & Molly and an episode of Modern Family made the chart. Their top show of the week, May 16’s Mike & Molly at 8:30, drew in just over a million viewers. But the thing is that Mike & Molly is no more. So it looks like City lost one of its top shows.

They’re not alone. CTV’s going to go into next season without two of their top series, CSI: Cyber and Castle, too, but they have a lot more to fall back on.

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Canadian TV Ratings: May 9-15, 2016

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.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: May 6-8, 2016


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.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: April 29-May 1, 2016


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

Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: March 18-20, 2016


Perhaps if Sportsnet found the right outlet for the Jays spring season games, their numbers wouldn’t be so low (image via

I’m not too sure if I’ve been half asleep for most of March because I only just realized that the Jays are back. Apparently they’ve been in spring training since at least March 1.

Anyway, remember back in October when 5.12 million tuned into a Jays game? Well, only 344,000 bothered to watch the Jays face off against the Pirates on Sunday, March 20. If you think that’s bad, it gets worse. Only 192,000 watched the Jays vs. the Astros on Friday, March 18. That was good enough for 17th place for the weekend.

So, what happened? First of all, let’s state the obvious: A playoff game can’t compare to spring training. Duh. But when you look beyond that, you’ll see something interesting. Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: March 11-13, 2016


Could GameCentre Live be to blame for the sinking NHL numbers? (image via Rogers)

When you’re brave enough to take a look at the ratings for the weekend of March 11, you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from saying “good grief.” Well, that or a series of expletives.

March 12’s Hockey Night in Canada early games drew in 1,360,000 across CBC, Sportsnet and City. Remember way back in the day (i.e. last year) when you’d see a good 2.1 million tuning in? I guess those days are long gone.

So, what happened? Maybe in this Rogers era of the NHL, Rogers was a victim of its own success. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but when Rogers snagged the NHL rights, it started to bundle in GameCentre Live (sorry, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™) in random packages.

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: March 4-6, 2016


#CanadianSportsTVSoWhite? Can you name a single black curler (image via Bell Media)

The Raptors are leading the NBA’s Atlantic Division and have the second most wins of the Eastern Conference, but judging by the ratings they’ve been pulling in, you might think they were having a nightmare of a season like the 76ers. (For those of you who don’t know, which I assume is all of you considering the dreadful Raptors numbers, The 76ers are at eight wins and a good 56 losses for the season as I write this sentence.)

The Raptors’ highest rated game of the weekend was its match against the Trail Blazers, which drew in 379,000 viewers on TSN. That was good enough for ninth place for the entire weekend. So what bested the Raptors? A hell of a lot of curling and hockey, naturally. Draws 1-5 of the Tim Hortons Brier ranged from 381,000 to 579,000 viewers. Hometown Hockey and of course Hockey Night in Canada bested the Raptors, too. (The weekend’s Brier and HNIC numbers are notably down a tad, though.)

However, this is far from the worst the Raptors have seen in recent weeks. Sometimes games would even draw fewer than 200,000 viewers even though the Raptors are probably one of the NBA’s strongest teams at the moment.

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