Canadian TV Ratings: March 28-April 3, 2016

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds and Survivor are the three of the biggest programs of the week. Unfortunately, they’re also three really old and creaky series, which means their time on this earth might soon come to an end. And should they go bye-bye, a bunch of viewers might disappear with them.

Of the bunch, Survivor, might, well, survive. It is one of those reality shows that feels like it could go on forever.

History has also been a bit kind to dramas as well as they’ve have had a bit more luck staying on the air, too. In fact, there are several long-running dramas on TV right now. Supernatural, Bones, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit are up there with Criminal Minds. 

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Canadian TV Ratings: March 14-20, 2016

It looks like a ton of people were excited for the launch of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The spinoff even surpassed the original Criminal Minds in the ratings. Actually, it was the number one program in all of television for the week of March 14, drawing in over 2.6 million viewers.

The last, but ultimately unsuccessful Criminal Minds spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour, debuted in eighth place for the week back in February 2011 with nearly 2.5 million viewers.

The TV landscape was far healthier back then, though. Twelve programs during that week topped two million viewers, and perhaps most surprisingly $#*! My Dad Says was among those programs. While usually looked back at as kind of a flop, the sitcom actually topped Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour.

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Canadian TV Ratings: March 7-13, 2016

As a number of the country’s top shows disappeared from Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week, we were left with a bunch of middling “hits” taking up the chart. Only two programs, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, managed to attract over two million viewers.

Putting the missing hits aside, this is one of the weeks that you can really spot how dominant CTV is. The network held 13 out of the top 15 programs. Only Global’s Hawaii Five-O and Survivor managed to crack the top 15.

They’re both CBS imports as well. Actually, Global relies heavily on CBS. All but one of their programs that made the Top Programs chart for the week was a CBS program or a Canadian version of a CBS program. That lone non-CBS show was Shades of Blue from NBC. This week didn’t even have NCIS and its spinoffs, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary or Supergirl on the chart either.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 29-March 6, 2016

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Big Brother. In fact, you could say I hate it. On second thought, you should say that I hate it. I kinda feel my IQ dropping just thinking about it. But that doesn’t matter at all because it’s pretty obvious Big Brother Canada is a big hit.

The season four premiere snagged 1,402,000 viewers over on Global, which as far as I can tell was a dramatic increase from last season.

I was trying to find the exact numbers for Big Brother Canada’s season three premiere, but I wasn’t able to even spot it on the Numeris Top Programs chart. Apparently, season three debuted on March 23 of last year, but when you check the Numeris Top Programs chart for the week, the season premiere didn’t make it. That may be because it also aired on Slice, Big Brother Canada’s former home.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 15-21, 2016

Music has been a bit of a mixed bag for City. Glee, that musical dramedy that tormented everyone for a good six seasons, ended its run on City well after the show kinda collapsed in on itself. Empire, that huge runaway hit on Fox was a huge flop on City, so much so that they yanked it partway through the season. City has simulcast NBC’s Christmastime live musicals, but the last one, The Wiz Live, didn’t even crack the top-30 for the week.

When it comes to music, City, however, also has the Grammys, and I bet the folks over at City lose their head each year when it comes to the Grammys. The Grammys are the Grammys after all, and it’s pretty much one of the few times of the year the network seems to get anything that somewhat resemble ratings that a typical TV network should bring in.

Besides the obvious clobbering that you don’t need me to tell you it got from The Big Bang Theory, it did alright despite a noticeable drop. If you want the numbers, here they are: City saw 2,462,000 tune into the Grammy Awards, down from the 2,867,000 it brought in last year.

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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

Canadian TV Ratings: November 9-15, 2015

I’m not sure what happened over the week of November 9, but a bunch of the nation’s top shows plummeted. When compared to their broadcasts for the week prior, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Survivor and Quantico shed roughly 200,000 viewers. Grey’s managed to shed nearly 225,000 viewers, and Blue Bloods, Supergirl and Limitless saw smaller hits as they lost roughly 125,000.

Surprisingly, How to Get Away with Murder was one of the few shows that gained viewers. It went from 1,508,000 for its November 5 episode to 1,774,000 for its November 12 episode. That episode wasn’t even the show’s midseason finale. [Don’t get me started on what a ridiculous concept a “midseason finale” is.] How to Get Away with Murder’s midseason finale aired the following week on November 19, and we should get those final numbers next week.

Regardless, it’s still a bit odd to see a show like How to Get Away with Murder spike like that. It has always been the type of program that I thought you’d have to watch every week or else you might feel lost. How to Get Away with Murder feels like it’s so fragile that if they make one bad move when it comes to the plot, the entire show would fall apart like a house of cards. Continue reading