The Walking Dead

Canadian TV Ratings: April 11-17, 2016

TV press releases can make for some wacky reads. Even when it’s clear that the world is imploding around a TV network, leave it to the PR folks to spin facts or cherry pick what they’d like to make it seem like they’re not just doing fine, they’re doing great.

I’m not faulting them at all for trying because it is their job after all, but even they have to admit that what they’re trying to pull gets a bit outrageous at times.

A few weeks back Bell Media published “Ratings Bloom! CTV Claims Eight of Canada’s Top 10 Most-Watched Programs this Spring,” and the PR folks did what they do best.

Of the gems you’ll find in there is one where they tout The Catch as ranking in the top 10 new programs for the spring with 1.2 million viewers. I don’t even think they were trying with that one because 1.2 million is an absolute bomb when you place it next to some of the other hyped series premieres even if you just look back over the past two seasons. Heck, it’s not even one of the top 10 new programs of the year, which is probably why they went with “top 10 new programs this spring” instead of “top 10 new programs” to begin with.

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Canadian TV Ratings: October 5-11, 2015

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.)

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Canadian TV Ratings: March 24-30, 2014

The 2014 Juno Awards title card (screenshot via CTV GO)

The 2014 Juno Awards title card (screenshot via CTV GO)

The Juno Awards took quite a tumble from last year pulling in only 1,431,000 compared to last year’s 1,908,000. The Juno Awards also failed to make the list of the top-ten programs of the week and had to settle for 15th place. Last year The Juno Awards was the fifth biggest drawer for the week and second place for the night with roughly 40,000 fewer viewers than the top show of the day The Amazing Race. This year nearly a million viewers separated the top show for the night, The Amazing Race, and the second place Juno Awards.

The steep drop might have something to do with the competition. This year it was up against the finale of The Walking Dead on AMC. That’s not to mention Continuum, Cosmos, Big Brother Canada and a whole host of other shows that night. The Junos also aired later in the year last year than it did this year (April 21).

CSI took a tumble from the top spot on the list to 16th spot for the week. That’s the slot right after the Junos. That’s likely because it was a rerun. CBS also aired a rerun of Criminal Minds that night so that might explain its absence on this week’s list. Also notably, Thursday’s primetime broadcast of The Big Bang Theory is absent from the list—same goes for Tuesday’s Chicago Fire. That may have something to do with Chicago Fire being a rerun on Tuesday and Big Bang Theory being preempted for NCAA basketball on Thursday on NBC and CBS respectively.

Survivor’s ratings were the exact same number as last week, 2,239,000. That gave it the seventh spot for the week, last week and third for the night, but this week that’s enough to give it the top spot for Wednesday night and the third spot for the week.

Feel free to look at BBM’s full top-30 list in the source link below. Some interesting additions are at the bottom of the list such as History’s Vikings and Global’s The Simpsons, as well as three shows from City.

Top programs for Monday, March 24, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 6 The Blacklist Global 10:01-11 PM 2,014,000
2 8 Castle CTV 10-11 PM 1,885,000
3 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 PM 1,838,000
4 11 Masterchef Canada CTV 8-9 PM 1,833,000
5 12 Bones Global 8-9 PM 1,668,000

Top programs for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 1 NCIS Global 8-9 PM 2,474,000
2 4 NCIS: Los Angeles Global 9-10 PM 2,221,000
3 9 Person of Interest CTV 10:01-11 PM 1,874,000
4 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 PM 1,838,000
3 20 Big Bang Theory (syndicated run)* CTV 7:30-8 PM 1,242,000

Top programs for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 3 Survivor: Brawn Vs. Brains Global 8-9 PM 2,239,000
2 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 PM 1,838,000
3 13 Arrow CTV 8-9 PM 1,659,000
4 16 CSI CTV 10-11 PM 1,376,000
5 20 Big Bang Theory (syndicated run)* CTV 7:30-8 PM 1,242,000

Top programs for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 5 Grey’s Anatomy CTV 9-10 PM 2,024,000
2 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 PM 1,838,000
3 14 Motive CTV 10-11 PM 1,464,000
4 20 Big Bang Theory (syndicated run)* CTV 7:30-8 PM 1,242,000
5 22 CTV National News* CTV 11-11:30 PM 1,191,000

Top programs for Friday, March 28, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 10 CTV Evening News* CTV 6-7 PM 1,838,000
2 20 Big Bang Theory (syndicated run)* CTV 7:30-8 PM 1,242,000
3 22 CTV National News* CTV 11-11:30 PM 1,191,000
4 23 Blue Bloods CTV 10-11 PM 1,147,000

Top programs for Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 7 HNIC Prime East CBC 7:08-10:04 PM 1,953,000
2 18 CTV Evening News Weekend* CTV 6-7 PM 1,321,000
3 22 CTV National News* CTV 11-11:30 PM 1,191,000

Top programs for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rank for day Rank for week Show Network Time Total viewers
1 2 The Amazing Race CTV 8-9 PM 2,429,000
2 15 Juno Awards CTV 9-11:03 PM 1,431,000
3 18 CTV Evening News Weekend* CTV 6-7 PM 1,321,000
4 22 CTV National News* CTV 11-11:30 PM 1,191,000
5 24 Once Upon a Time CTV 7-8 PM 1,118,000

Top Ten Shows of the Week

Rank Show Network Day  Time Viewers
1 NCIS Global Tuesday 8-9 PM 2,474,000
2 The Amazing Race CTV Sunday 8-9 PM 2,429,000
3 Survivor: Brawn vs. Brains Global Wednesday 8-9 PM 2,239,000
4 NCIS: Los Angeles Global Tuesday 9-10 PM 2,221,000
5 Grey’s Anatomy CTV Thursday 9-10 PM 2,024,000
6 The Blacklist Global Monday 10:01-11 PM 2,014,000
7 HNIC Prime East CBC Saturday 7:08-10:03 PM 1,953,000
8 Castle CTV Monday 10-11 PM 1,885,000
9 Person of Interest CTV Tuesday 10:01-11 PM 1,874,000
10 CTV Evening News* CTV Monday-Friday 6-7 PM 1,838,000

These numbers cover all viewers over the age of two who watched the above listed programs live or with PVRs within seven days of the initial broadcast. The times listed above are for the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Note that programs that have asterisks next to them aired over multiple days and the numbers provided are their average over the days they broadcasted over the week. Some air times provided for shows that run over multiple days conflict with live sports broadcast in some instances. In that case assume that the sports programs aired in that time slot and the program which airs multiple days over the week aired after the conclusion of the game.

*Numbers and times provided are for multiple broadcasts:
CTV Evening News (Monday-Friday)
CTV Evening News Weekend (Saturday, Sunday)
CTV National News (every day)
Big Bang Theory (syndicated run) (Monday-Friday)

Source: BBM Canada 

Review: Continuum (Season Three)

Continuum title card (Screenshot via showcase.ca)

Continuum title card (Screenshot via showcase.ca)

Kiera Cameron, time travelling cop, Large Forehead Annonmous member (Screenshot via showcase.ca)

Kiera Cameron, time-travelling cop, Large Forehead Anonymous member (Screenshot via showcase.ca)

Either a time travel device or a Terry's Chocolate Orange

A Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Screenshot via showcase.ca)

A time travel device (Image via Wikimedia)

Disney's Recess' Randall

Disney’s Recess’ Randall (Screenshot via Showcase.ca)

Alec Sadler (right) (Screenshot via YouTube)

Continuum‘s Alec Sadler (right) (Screenshot via YouTube)

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I think we’ve all had a time travel fantasy. Who wouldn’t like to peek into the future or fix a past mistake? Time-travel series, Continuum turns that fantasy on its head and makes the entire concept seem like a dark, gritty nightmare. At the end of the show’s second season protagonist, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a cop from the year 2077 with a forehead the size of an IMAX screen, was left stranded in the year 2013 because some guy named Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) betrayed her and took her chance to go back to 2077 to save his girlfriend, Emily.

He simply snagged the Terry’s Chocolate Orange look-alike time travel device and went on his merry way back in time to save her. Season three of the series picks up right there and attempts to piece together lasts season’s epic cliffhanger.

Before I go any further, if you haven’t watched Continuum, you might think Alec Sadler’s a cool name, and since he betrayed someone that must mean he’s a badass. You might be surprised to learn that he’s portrayed as a curly-haired kinda geeky/nerdy, pale guy in his early to mid 20s. He looks a lot like Randall from Recess if he aged a good ten years or so, and exactly like the type of person I’d imagine who would be riveted to this show on the other side of the screen. Perhaps he is portrayed that way because it makes Alec more relatable to Continuum’s core audience. Continue reading

Saturday Digest

This week I tackled the disastrous Windows 8

The blog keeps getting bigger and better. This week my blog had the most ever hits it had in one day, and I’m just getting started. Check out some of the most popular and best posts and tweets this week.

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You guys were still quite interested in Spun OutWorking The EnglesBig Brother Canada Side Show and YTV’s Numb Chucks but here are some of your favourite new posts this week

Sharing iCloud calendars with Google Calendar and viewing shared Google Calendars in iOS

Getting calendars to work across multiple platforms is a chore, but I try to simplify it for you in this post.

Canadian TV Ratings: March 3 – March 9, 2014

I play where’s Spun Out and fail miserably.

Why I hate Windows 8 (airing of grievances)

Windows 8 is a disaster. I break down why in this post.

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Review: The Nature of Things (Wild Canada)

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