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Canadian TV Ratings: February 8-14, 2016

It looks like Canada is getting ready to rebuke Lucifer. CTV’s new Monday night comic book show managed to only draw 1,804,000 viewers for its February 8 episode, which meant it shed 365,000 viewers from its previous broadcast.

But enough of the bad news, a lot of old favourites made their way back onto TV for the week of February 8. NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los: Angeles, Castle, The Amazing Race, How to Get Away with Murder, Madam Secretary and MasterChef Canada were some of the ones I spotted on Numeris’ chart.

However, besides Lucifer’s sudden drop and the return of a number of shows, everything is at or around where you’d expect it to be.

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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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Canadian TV Ratings: March 16-22, 2015

I bet you didn’t see this one coming: CSI: Cyber was the number one show of the week. Surprisingly, the latest spinoff of the tired CSI held enough of its audience to edge out the aging Survivor for the top spot. Although it was the most-watched program of the week, CSI: Cyber was down from the previous week’s episode.
CSI: Cyber was probably able to take the top spot in part because CTV swapped Grey’s Anatomy into The Big Bang Theory’s usual Thursday night time-slot. Grey’s Anatomy was the week’s sixth most-watched show with just over two million viewers. It likely didn’t hurt that NCIS (and its spinoffs) didn’t show up on this week’s Numeris Top Programs chart either. 
Actually, many other CBS imports (like The Amazing Race and Hawaii Five-O) weren’t there as well. That seemed to help the CBC too as Murdoch Mysteries, The Rick Mercer Report, Marketplace, Dragons’ Den and Heartland all made Numeris’ chart for the week, but they didn’t make it onto any of the charts below.

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Canadian TV Ratings: February 23-March 1, 2015

With awards and specials out of the way, Sunday night looked pretty normal. Once Upon a Time was the night’s most-watched show with nearly two million viewers. The second and third most-watched shows, MasterChef Canada and Madam Secretary, nearly tied as both drew just over 1.4 million.

Survivor and The Amazing Race both debuted new seasons on Wednesday. Survivor topped the night with over 2.5 million viewers, which was also enough for it to be the third most-watched show of the week. The Amazing Race drew just under two million viewers to become the night’s third most-watched show.

Over on Thursday, both The Big Bang Theory and The Odd Couple dipped a bit from the week before, but they were still strong. The Big Bang Theory was easily the week’s most-watched show with over four million viewers, while The Odd Couple was CTV’s second most popular show of the week with nearly 2.3 million viewers.

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, February 26, 2015 – Thirty seasons in and going strong, Survivor continues to  cement itself as the leading reality program with yet another blockbuster premiere last night on Global. An impressive 2 million (2+) and 925,000 (A25-54) viewers tuned in while the White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar contestants faced-off, making it the #1 show of the night (2+ & A25-54). Audiences watched as lies, deceit, love triangles and jealously culminated in So being the first contestant sent home in a dramatic tribal council that kicked the new season off in true Survivor style.


  • Survivor wins the night with 2 million viewers (2+), beating CTV’s Arrow by 15% (2+)
  • Survivor wins the night with 925,000 viewers (25-54), besting CTV’s Arrow by 12% (A25-54)
  • Survivor outwits, outplays and outlasts The Amazing Race premiere on CTV by 32% (2+)
  • The Season 30 premiere of Survivor was 6% higher (2+) and 10% higher (A25-54) than the Season 29 premiere in Fall 2014

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Press Release: Five New Series and Six Returning Hits Bolster CTV’s 2015 Mid-Season Schedule

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TORONTO (December 15, 2014) – CTV is set to deliver TV’s top series week-after-week in the new year, as the network announced its 2015 mid-season schedule today. Kicking off the season is the new, big-buzz, Captain America-inspired, seven-part television event MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (Jan. 6), which joins a heroic line-up of the fall’s returning ‘super’ hits, including new breakout series GOTHAM and THE FLASH, as well as Top 10 hits ARROW and MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.   

The new year also features a delicious trio of some of the best in Canadian reality, comedy, and drama as brand new seasons of three CTV Original Series return: Season 2 of hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF CANADA (Feb. 8); Season 2 of workplace sitcom SPUN OUT (March 5); and Season 3 of crime drama MOTIVE (March 8). Viewers can also look forward to the return of new Season 3 episodes of the #1 Canadian drama SAVING HOPE, beginning with a special two-hour event Jan. 7SPUN OUTMOTIVE, and SAVING HOPE mid-season debuts will also be made available as CraveTVTM First Looks, one day prior to their television broadcast premieres.

Also headlining CTV’s mid-season schedule, and loaded with star power, is new murder-thriller SECRETS AND LIES (March 1) starring Ryan Phillippe (DAMAGES); cyber-crime procedural CSI: CYBER (March 4), starring Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® nominee Patricia Arquette (MEDIUM); Oscar® winner John Ridley’s new TV drama AMERICAN CRIME (March 5), starring Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Felicity Huffman (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Timothy Hutton (LEVERAGE); and new comedy THE ODD COUPLE (Feb. 19), starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Perry (GO ON).

Also returning to the CTV line-up with new seasons are culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Jan. 6 on CTV Two), Emmy Award-winning singing competition THE VOICE (Feb. 23 on CTV Two), and the 26th installment of THE AMAZING RACE (Feb. 25).

Following last week’s Golden Globe nominations, THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (Jan. 11) kicks off a long list of big ticket events on CTV this winter, including SUPER BOWL XLIX (Feb. 1)THE 87TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (Feb. 22), and THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (March 15).

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Canadian TV Ratings: October 20-26, 2014

Most shows continued their slow descent downwards this week, with Canada’s largest programs taking some of the biggest hits. The nation’s most popular series, The Big Bang Theory, lost 309,000 viewers from last week, while the nation’s second most popular program, Criminal Minds, bested it by losing 335,000. The week’s third place show, The Flash, held up better than I thought it would, only shedding 23,000.

Actually, when you take a look at the charts below, the only two shows that packed on viewers from last week are The Amazing Race and Blue Bloods, gaining 34,000 and 83,000 respectively.

As always, for more on the nation’s top programs, check out the daily charts below, and for even more, visit Numeris at the source link. Continue reading