With Jays out, Canada stops watching baseball

What a difference a week makes. Without the Jays in the World Series, Sportsnet’s baseball playoff coverage has fallen well behind the record draws from earlier this month. Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets drew an overnight, estimated 776,000 Sportsnet viewers. Game 2 Wednesday… Read on



Comic book clash sees Supergirl beat Bat-boy

Look–up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s those Supergirl ratings! Despite a lame lead-in (Minority Report, shrinking to 415,000 off an awkward shift to 7:30), the comic book-inspired CBS series got off to a flying start Monday on Global, drawing an overnight, estimated 1,709,000 2+ viewers from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.… Read on


This week’s podcast: two conspiracy theories

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson–as he tends to do lately–was in full rant mode immediately prior to our weekly radio chat. The topic de jour was The Globe and Mail sitting on the story that the provincial government made massive, million-dollar payouts to the very teachers unions they are now (sort of ) bargaining with. The… Read on


Holy Leonardo, Batman! Da Vinci’s Demons’ epic exit

David S. Goyer admits things get all Game of Thrones this year on Da Vinci’s Demons. The third and final season of the historical fantasy series began Saturday on Super Channel and Starz. That episode can be streamed now in Canada on Super Channel on demand. I spoke with Goyer–best known as the writer behind such… Read on



Sportsnet–and Rogers–will miss the Blue Jays

The Jays final at bat–Friday’s Game 6 of the ALCS–brought a record take to Sportsnet. The first three hours of the broadcast drew an estimated, overnight 5,052,000 viewers. An astounding 3,998,000 hung in there for the 42-minute rain delay, followed by 5,365,000 who watched to the bitter end. Sportsnet rounded that off by issuing a… Read on


Bewitching night at TV on Film screening in T.O.

Thanks to all who came out to take a groovy trip back in time to 1965 Thursday at the Velma Rogers Theatre. How hard core was this audience? At least two people knew the words to the My Mother the Car theme song. The theatre’s resident AV man, Steve, made the room look and sound… Read on



This week’s podcast: Trudeau Justin time to save CBC?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to talk about the election. “Does this mean CBC is out of danger?” asks Scott. There have been hints from the Liberals that they will find more money for arts and culture in general. Whether this translates into automatically replacing the $150 million the Harper government cut over three… Read on