Ken Burns Latest a Walk in the Park

The last CHML TV Talk Radio Chat of the month focuses in on a TV event completely overlooked here up until now: Ken Burns’ documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The six-part, 12-hour series resumes tonight at 8/7c on your local PBS affiliate with “Going Home” (1920-33). The series runs until Oct. 2.Burns… Read on



Mercer Bungee Jumps to Record High

Rick Mercer roared back with 1,295,000 CBC viewers last night, the best start-of-season numbers for the topical comedy series to date.The seventh season opener, featuring a B.C. bungee jump with Man in Motion Rick Hansen, was well over last season’s average of about a million viewers a week according to BBM Canada overnight estimates. The… Read on


Clean and Sober House Still Sky High in Canada

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane–it’s more sky high Personal People Meter numbers.Are Canadians really this hungry for House? The new season‘s second episode drew 3,440,000 Global viewers Monday night according to overnight estimates from BBM Canada. As tabulated under the new PPM methods–introduced one month ago–that makes it more… Read on


CBC Hosts Battle of the Blades Garden Party

Hey–who wouldn’t want to go for a skate at Maple Leaf Gardens? Press were invited to bring their skates today as CBC held an open house at what was once known as the Carleton Street Cash Box. The arena, built during the Great Depression, has been shut down for a decade, used only occasionally as… Read on



Rick Mercer Report Jumps into Seventh Season

Will the new Personal People Meter data further boost CBC’s No. 1 entertainment show? Tuesday night at 8 p.m. marks the seventh season premiere of the Rick Mercer Report, which averaged a shade under one million viewers a week last season. “I’m the one guy in Canada who wants an election,” Mercer joked two weeks… Read on


Amazing PPMs Ramp Up Race

More evidence that the new PPMs are big event friendly: CTV`s The Amazing Race (hosted by Phil Keoghan, left) drew 2,861,000 viewers Sunday night according to BBM Canada overnight estimates.Race has always been a winner in Canada but Sunday`s season premiere was proportionally twice as successful in Canada as it was in the U.S. Not… Read on


Fans Flock Back to Flashpoint in Canada

Flashpoint came back with guns blazing Friday night, scoring a record 1,883,000 viewers for the third season launch. That is CTV only, out of simulcast. Carumba!The Toronto-based cop show, starring Enrico Colantoni and Hugh Dillon (gamely flanking some press weasel at last June’s ad upfront, above) was part of a big night for CTV. The… Read on


The Ron James Show Premieres Tonight

I’m always astounded at Ron James verbal dexterity. He can turn a phrase the way Paul Coffey can turn up ice. It looks effortless yet the speed and precision leaves you breathless.James wears his Maple Leaf proudly on his sleeve, earned after years of traveling across Canada performing at clubs and in concert. He’s literate… Read on