Big Bang back big in Canadian premiere week ratings

The fall season began in earnest the week of  Sept. 22 to 28. After some strategic moves by CBS and ABC, CTV faced three serious challenges. Canada’s most-watched TV show–The Big Bang Theory–was temporarily bumped to a new night. CTV’s No. 1 reality show–The Amazing Race–also got moved, as did CTV’s No. 1 imported drama, Grey’s… Read on




Blowouts throwing CBS’ Thursday Night Football for a loss

As I sit typing in a Winnipeg Hotel room (yes, glamour is my life), the TV is on. I’ve got one of two LG flatscreens in the room tuned to CBS. It is the true, CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO. Thanks to five interceptions, the Giants are beating the crap out of the Red, uh, jerseys. CBS… Read on


CTV gets a Big Bang out of Monday’s numbers

That sound you just heard was CTV programming executives starting to breathe again. In Monday’s first big test of the new season, perennial powerhouse The Big Bang Theory came roaring back to 3,168,000 and 3,461,000 viewers, despite being bumped out of its regular day and time. The sitcom has owned Thursdays at 8 p.m. for five… Read on



The week in Canada: Aug. 4 – 10

Another slow summer week in Canada, ratings-wise. Here’s a quick look at Aug. 4-10 according to overnight estimates: MONDAY The big news this week was that CTV has announced it is shutting down The Listener after five seasons and 65 episodes. The show they couldn’t kill with a stick is finally getting whacked but there seems… Read on


The week in Canada: July 28 – Aug. 3

Welcome to summer, folks. There are more mosquito bites on the average Canadian’s leg than there are people watching TV shows in Canada. I give you the week of July 28 – Aug. 3. Keep in mind these are overnight estimates, data that is increasingly becoming just part of the picture–although generally still about 80%… Read on


The week in Canada: June 2 – 8

Summer’s here and the ratings are melting. This week’s BRIOUX.TV index looks at new shows, sports and a few repeat spikes, as well as some election debate coverage. All numbers overnight estimates: MONDAY Masterchef heated up CTV’s night with 1,707,000 overnight, estimated viewers. The Listener followed with 779,000 and then Mistresses premiered on CTV to… Read on


The week in Canada: May 19-25

Except for a few Stanley Cup hockey games, the end of the regular TV season went out with a whimper for most broadcasters in Canada. Below is the evidence: MONDAY CBC continued to score with Montreal Canadiens numbers, pulling 3,374,000 with this third round game against the Rangers. CTV got cooking with the premiere of… Read on