Canadian TV Ratings: November 23-29, 2015

Where do we even start with this hot mess of a week? Monday’s a logical place to start — how about we start there?

While some of Monday night’s shows showed some improvement from the week before, the numbers are still quite lousy. Not a single show cracked the two million viewer mark, but what’s perhaps the most interesting thing that happened that night wasn’t what was on top, but what Monday shows were near the end of Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week. Murdoch Mysteries managed to draw more viewers than Supergirl on Global! (You hear that, NCIS: Los Angeles and Blindspot? You’re next!) City’s Scorpion made an appearance as well claiming the 24th spot for the week. It’s all just madness, I know.

The Adele special, Adele: Live in London, aired on Wednesday, November 25, and it drew monster ratings. Over 2.1 million Canadians tuned in to watch Adele do what Adele does best. That wasn’t the night’s top program, but it was mighty close. CTV/Bell had the North American exclusive rights for the special, so they pulled in that audience without a simulcast or much hype from the American press. Pretty snazzy, eh?

The Big Bang Theory was a rerun on Thursday, November 26, and it plummeted in the ratings — hard. It went from over four million viewers the week before to just below 1.8 million. When it comes to Big Bang numbers on Thursday nights, they seem to go hard or go home.  Continue reading


Press Release: More + Better: CTV’s 2015/2016 Schedule Revealed

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (June 4, 2015) – As the curtain closes on one of its most successful seasons ever, CTV unveiled today a new primetime schedule that reinforces North America’s most stable television schedule with some of next season’s most anticipated new series. Building upon a youthful foundation of Canada’s most-watched returning programming, CTV’s 2015/16 schedule will be presented by Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, at the #CTVUpfront celebration of conventional television today in Toronto.

Among the highlights from CTV’s 2015 fall primetime schedule:

More Hits:

  • 11 returning Top 20 hits – more than all other Canadian networks combined.
  • Returning are Canada’s #1 series and #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; Canada’s #1 drama MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; #1 new series, THE FLASH; and #1 Canadian series MASTERCHEF CANADA.
  • Four new dramas debut this fall, with three new dramas on deck for midseason.

Better Schedule:

  • 17 hours of simulcast, more than any other Canadian network.
  • Fewer timeslot changes than any other Canadian network.
  • Top 15 lead-ins for nearly every new series.

Remarked King: “We’ve made a concerted effort to evolve our schedule while maintaining its incredible strength. We are presenting a new schedule full of Top 20 hits, but where 12 of our 18 core primetime series are just three years old or younger. This speaks not only to our strength and stability, but also our future potential for growth.” Continue reading

Press Release: GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION: W5 Investigates Booming Trade in Illegal Wildlife Products, This Saturday, February 28 on CTV

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TORONTO (February 25, 2015) – Across Africa, some of the most majestic creatures on earth have roamed the wilderness for millions of years. But now, elephants and rhinos are vanishing at breathtaking speed. This Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and CTVNews.ca, W5 delivers the Canadian broadcast premiere of international co-production GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION, turning the lens on the war between poachers and wildlife in Africa. A war which the most-endangered species are losing, as demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn drive a thriving, multi-billion dollar underground industry.

This week’s all-new, special one-hour W5 episode airs amidst a blockbuster 49th season, which has attracted an average of close to one million viewers on Saturday nights – a 20% increase over last year in the program’s season-to-date audience, consistently winning Saturday nights in its timeslot among non-sports programing.

As covered in this in-depth report, narrated by W5 Host and Chief Correspondent Lloyd Robertson, with ivory worth $500 per kilogram to the poacher and a single rhino horn commanding as much as $60,000 USD, the staggering profits have attracted organized crime syndicates and terrorist organizations, which have quickly taken over the supply and trade in this illegal, booming enterprise. With control of the money and logistics to move thousands of tonnes of contraband around the globe, organized crime has propelled wildlife trafficking such that it now ranks right behind drugs and guns, worth an estimated $20 billion per year. Continue reading

Press Release: TSN and W5 Team Up to Investigate Counterfeiting in Sports in Original Feature Series FAKING IT, Premiering February 5

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (February 3, 2015) – TSN and CTV’s W5 have teamed up to investigate the issue of counterfeiting in the sports industry in the three-part original feature series FAKING IT, premiering Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN’s SPORTSCENTRE, before airing in its entirety on W5 on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO.

In a special co-production powered by SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show, and CTV’s W5, the most-watched investigative news program in Canada, FAKING IT is hosted by TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead and directed by Gemini Award-winning TSN Feature Producer Paul Harrington, with W5 Senior Producer Brett Mitchell leading the investigative team.

“When Toronto police told me how many fake NHL jerseys have flooded into the Toronto market alone, and how organized crime is becoming more invested in the business, I knew this was a story sports fans needed to hear,” said Rick Westhead, Senior Correspondent, TSN. “Fans have such strong emotional ties to their favourite players and teams, and those ties are the reason they are willing to pay so much money for jerseys, game tickets, and autographs. With FAKING IT, we look into the way those three pillars of the sports business are under attack by counterfeiters.”

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Press Release: Bell Media Marks Bell Let’s Talk Day with Slate of Special Programming

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Bell Media (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (January 27, 2015) – Bell Media marks the fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 28) with a full day of programming to help grow the conversation and raise awareness about mental health issues. Anchored by the debut of the original one-hour documentary CLARA’S BIG RIDE at 7 p.m. ET on CTVCTV Two, and CTV GO (and available on-demand all day on CraveTV and CTV.ca), a day of special mental health-themed programming will air across Bell Media’s properties, including CTV, CTV Two, BNN, CP24, CTV News Channel, Discovery, E!, M3, Much, MTV, RDS, Space, TSN, CraveTV, and TheLoop.ca, as well as its additional digital, radio, and local TV platforms.

“Bell Media is proud to support Bell Let’s Talk Day and engage Canadians in the important discussion about mental health,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “It is a privilege to be able to provide programming that challenges people’s perceptions about mental illness and demonstrates to those who struggle that they are not alone.”

CANADA AM begins the day with a discussion about eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and features powerful stories, from mental health inside the military to parenting the mentally ill child. On CTV News Channel’s POWER PLAY, host Don Martin speaks to Minister of Health Rona Ambrose and several MPs about how they have been coping in the months since the attack on Parliament Hill. On CTV, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL each dedicate a full hour to various mental health-themed topics, while on the half-hour special ETALK PRESENTS: BELL LET’S TALK 2015, celebrities share their personal experiences with mental illness.

The day’s flagship program, CLARA’S BIG RIDE, chronicles the inspiring and emotional 110-day cycling journey across Canada by six-time Olympic medallist and long-time Bell Let’s Talk spokesperson Clara Hughes. Throughout the journey, Hughes spreads a hopeful message designed to break the silence surrounding mental illness and help create a stigma-free Canada. Crossing every region of the country, the documentary also features brave stories from Canadians whose lives are touched by Hughes’ historic ride.

Following Bell Let’s Talk Day, CTV’s W5 goes behind-the-scenes for a profile on TV personality Howie Mandel for a candid interview about the mental health challenges he has faced, airing this Saturday, Jan. 31,

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Press Release: Eaton Centre Gunshot Victim Sits Down With CTV News’ Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme in W5 Exclusive, Saturday on CTV

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TORONTO (January 15, 2014) – In a city landmark that welcomes some 50 million visitors each year, no one could have predicted the events that would unfold on June 2, 2012 inside Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court. This Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, shooting victim Connor Stevenson and his family sit down once more, exclusively with Lisa LaFlamme for W5, following the gunman’s second-degree murder conviction last month. The special one-hour segment follows-up on W5’s 2013 story “THE SURVIVOR”, which documented Stevenson’s miraculous recovery. The W5 story was recognized with the prestigious 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Segment.

In an update to W5’s dramatic, award-winning recounting of heroic efforts by first responders to save Stevenson on that fateful day, LaFlamme speaks to the family, who share the physical and emotional trauma they have endured since the shooting. W5shows the Stevenson family for the first time surveillance video of the shooting from the Eaton Centre food court, made public during the nine-week trial, but not made available to key witnesses – including the Stevensons – until now. Viewers are taken inside the moving journey of Connor and his family: four surgeries and the relief at his miraculous, ongoing recovery, all of which is shrouded by the weighty fear, distrust, and helplessness that such a random act of violence can cause.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays at 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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Press Release: W5 Presents: GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU In Special Broadcast Edition, December 27 on CTV

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – Before his historic political ascent to becoming Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau prepared for another epic battle – a 2012 charity boxing match that pitted him against then-Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau. Premiering Saturday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and on-demand on CTV NEWS GO, W5 presents “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU”, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling an unguarded and determined Trudeau as he readies for the ring in a quest to raise funds for Canadian cancer foundation, Fight for the Cure. The film delivers a rare glimpse into the landscape of federal politics in Canada through a rather unique and unfiltered lens.

With screenings of the feature-length documentary in Quebec theatres in November 2014, followed by a broadcast premiere in Quebec, “GOD SAVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU” sparked debate across the province as to modern media’s influence on politics. The film also generated speculation over whether this candid view of Trudeau might help or harm his political fortunes with a federal election looming in 2015. Produced by Montréal’s Productions de la Ruelle, and the award-winning filmmaking duo Guylaine Maroist and Éric Ruel, W5 delivers an abbreviated, made-for-television cut and English Canada premiere of the documentary in this special broadcast presentation.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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