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.
You’ll be singing the blues once you see the HNIC numbers for May 21’s Blues-Sharks game (logo via Wikimedia)
Do you guys remember this thing called Hockey Night in Canada? Week after week Canadians from across the country would emerge out of their igloos and gather around a TV set to watch something called a “hockey game” on Saturday nights. And they’d drink beer and watch people chase something called a “puck” with strange looking sticks on ice!
Of course, you remember Hockey Night in Canada, but on May 21, it sure didn’t seem like it. That night’s Blues vs. Sharks game only drew 900,000 viewers, which was enough to place HNIC in seventh place for the weekend! That’s right, seventh. Quite crazy isn’t it?
So what did better than HNIC? It shouldn’t be any surprise by now, but the Raptors. They took the top two spots for the weekend. Their top game averaged 1.8 million viewers. The world hockey championship final took third place for the weekend with 1,365,000 viewers on TSN. The rest were all NHL hockey games that each aired on a different day on CBC.
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.
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.
#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.
Curling has been all over the map on TSN (image via Bell Media)
Sure, you probably know by now that curling’s a pretty big deal in Canada, but much like last week, the numbers for the Tournament of Hearts varied dramatically. In fact, the Tournament of Hearts matches that aired during the last weekend of February 2016 saw an even greater disparity between the most-watched and least-watched games.
The weekend’s weakest Tournament of Hearts event, which just happened to be Friday’s tiebreaker, drew 237,000 viewers. That was actually lower than the previous week’s lowest-rated Tournament of Hearts game, which of course you know drew 250,000 viewers because I just got around to posting that like just five minutes ago. (Sorry, guys. Things have been hectic lately.)
Anyway, when you compare the 237,000 that the Friday tiebreaker drew to the number of folks who watched the top Tournament of Hearts event, then you’ll really notice that dramatic difference I was talking about earlier. TSN drew 825,000 for the final, which made it the second most-watched event for the weekend.
The NBA got popular all of a sudden (logo via Wikimedia)
Once you get over the rather sad numbers for the early HNIC games, you’ll find something pretty sweet when you take a look at the weekend’s sports ratings. The NBA All-Star numbers were…okay.
First of all, there was something a bit odd about the NBA All-Star Weekend. The games/events aired on TSN and its archrival Sportsnet.
Two of the All-Star events (All-Star Saturday Night and the All-Star Game) drew over 900,000 viewers, and Friday’s Celebrity Challenge did pretty decently too with 731,000 viewers. Continue reading