The Blacklist

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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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s action-packed 2015/2016 fall schedule. Strengthening its already rock solid schedule of powerful dramas, Global is set to debut 13 new super-charged series. One of the most anticipated new shows for fall, with an astounding 12 million trailer views on YouTube in just two weeks, Supergirl joins Global’s powerhouse fall lineup. From the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as a coffee-fetching assistant whose life takes a dramatic turn when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Giving Global a super one-two punch is the highly anticipated superhuman adventure series Heroes: Reborn, based on the Emmy® Award winning original series Heroes from creator Tim Kring, featuring a fresh crop of inspiring heroes with extraordinary abilities.

Global continues to up the ante with high-profile new series Limitless and Minority Report. Limitless, based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper – who reprises his role as a guest star in the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer – follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman, American Sniper) as he discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI to use his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases. Minority Report, based on the successful Steven Spielberg film and starring one of Variety‘s 10 TV Actors to Watch Stark Sands, picks up 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. where a Precog and an idealistic detective work together clandestinely to stop the future he sees. Also new to the schedule is electrifying medical drama Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George (The Slap) as Dr. Alex Panttiere – an outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.

In an epic entrance to late night television and a weeknight game changer, Global brings critically acclaimed television host and comedian Stephen Colbert to Canadians with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The laughs continue with Golden Globe® and multiple Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) in Angel From Hell, a single camera comedy that follows Amy (Lynch), a colourful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson, Two and a Half Men) perfect life, claiming to be her guardian angel. Rounding out a knock-out comedic slate is the unabashed new comedy People Are Talking starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved By the Bell). People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are neighbours and best friends, and nothing is off limits for this wildly outspoken foursome as they go through life side-by-side and analyze and obsess about everything. Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: January 26-February 1, 2015

While it may be old news that the Super Bowl garnered over 8.2 million viewers on Feb. 1 to become the nation’s most-watched Super Bowl ever, Numeris‘ final numbers reveal that both lead-out shows, MasterChef Canada and The Blacklist, saw some decent jumps from their preliminary numbers. If your memory is fuzzy, a CTV press release said that MasterChef Canada attracted 1.3 million viewers, while The Blacklist saw only 929,000 tune in according to the Numeris overnight preliminary numbers; however, according to Numeris‘ final numbers, MasterChef Canada saw 1,569,000 tune in while 1,367,000 watched The Blacklist. Those numbers still have to be disappointing as they were only the 15th and 21st most-watched programs of the week, respectively.
Elsewhere during the week, the CBC continued to do well ratings-wise. Actually, the CBC did so well that Murdoch Mysteries managed to make it onto Monday’s chart below. (I know. I was pretty shocked as well.)
CTV dominated Tuesday thanks to The Flash, Agent Carter and CSI. You could say the same for Thursday as The Big Bang Theory drew over 4.3 million viewers and nearly two million watched How To Get Away With Murder.

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Press Release: Canada Sets New SUPER BOWL Audience Record with SUPER BOWL XLIX Attracting 9.23 Million Viewers on CTV and RDS

CTV (logo via

CTV (logo via

TORONTO (February 2, 2015) – Last night’s epic SUPER BOWL XLIX on CTV and RDS set a new all-time SUPER BOWL Canadian audience record. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms that an average audience of 9.2 million viewers on CTV and RDS (CTV: 8.2 million; RDS: 1 million) watched the New England Patriots’ nail-biting 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. This marks a 13% increase compared to the previous all-time SUPER BOWL record (8.18 million viewers for 2012’s SUPER BOWL XLVI) and a 16% increase compared to last year’s SUPER BOWL XLVIII (7.94 million viewers).

Overall, 19.3 million unique viewers – or more than one-in-two Canadians (55%) – watched some part of the 2014-15 NFL championship on CTV or RDS. Scoring the coveted post-SUPER BOWL timeslot, the Season 2 premiere of the CTV original series MASTERCHEF CANADA attracted a preliminary overnight audience of 1.35 million viewers – outperforming THE BLACKLIST (929,000 viewers on Global/NBC) by 46% among total viewers.

“Last night’s SUPER BOWL XLIX was a down-to-the-wire thriller that lived up to its billing as the biggest event on TV,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Once again, millions of Canadians were entertained by a blockbuster game, a dazzling halftime show, and some fantastic creative representing Canadian and international brands.”

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, January 5, 2015 – Following a strong fall 2014 season, Global starts the New Year with more must-see programming, returning hits and fan favourites. Joining the schedule is the hotly anticipated series Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore. Since the final episode of Breaking Bad, fans of the series have been waiting with bated breath for Vince Gilligan’s next move, and his gritty new drama Battle Creek doesn’t disappoint. Starring Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Life as We Know It) and Dean Winters (Oz, Rescue Me, 30 Rock), the series follows two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect, as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Michigan.

After an action-packed fall finale that saw Reddington overcome one threat only to face another even greater challenge, the pulse-stopping thriller The Blacklist returns with all-new episodes this February. In a special two-part episode, The Blacklist premieres on February 1, immediately following The Super Bowl, before moving to Thursday nights at 9 pm beginning on February 5. Viewers who haven’t yet experienced The Blacklist can catch up on the current season on Global Go and the last season on shomi before the series returns.

Global continues to deliver drama, with its midseason schedule keeping audiences warm all winter long. Returning to the schedule is fall’s breakout Top 10 series NCIS: New Orleans (January 6), alongside hit show Stalker (January 14). Global also welcomes previous summer series The Night Shift to the schedule (February 23). Plus viewers go back to the boardroom with an all-new season of big stars and even bigger cat fights on The Celebrity Apprentice, premiering on January 8.

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Canadian TV Ratings: November 10-16, 2014

After taking last week off, many shows made a triumphant return this week. Castle drew over 2.3 million viewers on Monday, denting The Blacklist in the process. The hit Global drama lost nearly 200,000 viewers from last week, but still managed to be the day’s third most watched show. The Castle halo might have spread all the way to Gotham as the CTV drama gained about 100,000 viewers. 
On Tuesday, NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans roared back, attracting 2,645,000 and 2,403,000 respectively. CTV’s superheroes didn’t fare quite as well. When compared to their October 28th outings, Agents of SHIELD  lost 116,000 viewers, while The Flash cratered shedding 270,000.
The rest of the week saw some shows return as well, but others also disappeared. If you’ve been keeping an eye out for How To Get Away With Murder, you’ll likely notice that it’s back on Thursday’s chart with 2,042,000 viewers, and CSI is back on Sunday as well. However, Friday’s chart is missing a few familiar faces as CBS preempted their typical Friday night primetime lineup for the massive flop that was the Hollywood Film Awards, while Saturday is curiously missing Hockey Night in Canada.

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Canadian TV Ratings: November 3-9, 2014

This week saw fan favourites NCISCastle, Agents of SHIELD and The Flash vanish from the charts. Most of them disappeared due to preemptions somewhat related to the US election on the 4th. As that’s the case, there are a few oddities on the charts this week.

Castle was out of the mix on Monday, leaving Gotham, The Blacklist and CTV Evening News to take first, second and third place for the night respectively. Gotham had a surprising spike in viewership considering it lost its lead in of original Big Bang Theory episodes last week. The Batman crime drama managed to gain 275,000 viewers.

As the US elections were on Tuesday, it was the day probably hardest hit by preemptions. CTV chose to run The Hunger Games and it did fairly well with 1,702,000 tuning in.

Many of the shows during the rest of the week saw negligible losses and gains from last week, however on the weekend things became a bit more interesting. The weekend edition of CTV Evening News sprung out of nowhere to best CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada for Saturday. On Sunday, Once lost 137,000 viewers from last week, while Madam Secretary surged, gaining 265,000 viewers over last week. Looks like it’s gaining a following, who would’ve guessed?
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