This week’s podcast: catching up with Men

I know what you’re saying. Where are all those CHML radio podcasts with Scott Thompson? Been behind in posting these suckers lately under a flurry of print deadlines but here is Wednesdays yakkity-yak. Scott wanted to know what I thought about Monday’s second episode of Two and a Half Men, what is the difference between… Read on



SECOND WEDNESDAY: Camelot fails to arise; Survivor continues to slay The X Factor

Don’t let it be forgot/That once their was a spot/For one brief shining moment/That was known as Camelot!That spot was Wednesday, where the Canada/Ireland co-production–despite the efforts of talented Mayfield S.S. grad Lara Jean Chorostecki (left)–sank to a new low on a new night of 458,000 viewers. Last week: 672,000. Yikes.There’s simply not/a more congenial… Read on


Uh oh. Michael bombs Tuesdays and Wednesdays

CBC’s new shrink series continues to shrink in the ratings. Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays drew just 153,000 overnight, estimated Tuesday night viewers less than a week after being relocated from Wednesdays. That’s the worst performance yet for the series, heralded here as the best new comedy of the season. It’s a number that would not get it… Read on


SECOND MONDAY: Men still rule at CTV Two, Terra Nova sets record on City

Some overnight observations about the second Monday of the new season:Two and a Half Men is still kicking ass in two countries. Part Two of the super-hyped Ashton Kutcher opener drew 20.5 million viewers Monday night on CBS and another 2,140,000 over on CTV Two. CTV bounced it to its sister stations to make room… Read on



PREMIERE WEEK: Amazing Race roars back; Pan Am in strong take off at CTV

Sunday it was all CTV with The Amazing Race roaring back with 2,871,000 viewers. The eighth and final season premiere of Desperate Housewives drew 1,744,000 at 9 with the new retro drama Pan Am taking off with 1,908,000 passengers. Flashpoint opened the night at 7 with 658,000 overnight, estimated viewers.Pan Am‘s lofty debut allowed CTV… Read on


Leah Renee: from beaver tales to Playboy bunny

CHICAGO–How did a nice girl from Toronto wind up as a Playboy bunny?The question was put to Leah Renee, one of the stars of the new NBC/City drama The Playboy Club, airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. The red-haired actress, who did cartoon voice work throughout her teenage years (primarily as Beaver on Franklin), seems… Read on


PREMIERE WEEK: Thursday brings no breakouts; CBC moves Michael, Camelot

Bazinga! As expected The Big Bang Theory came back big with overnight estimated Thursday night audiences of 3,718.000 and 4,053,000 on CTV. Grey’s Anatomy (2,313,000) was another big winner for the Canadian private broadcaster.An out-of-simulcast pre-release of the new remake of Charlie’s Angels managed 955,000 at 7 p.m. on CTV.Over at sister station CTV Two,… Read on