Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on



This week’s podcast: in studio with Arlene Bynon

Every Monday around 5:45 p.m. ET I join Arlene Bynon for ten minutes of TV talk on her SiriusXM radio show. Find it on Canada Talks channel 167. Most week’s I’m calling it in from Brampton. Off the phone line I sound like I’m speaking through a silk stalking with a leg still in it.… Read on


This week’s podcast: hockey talk and upfront chatter

If this podcast sounds a little muffled, blame the upfronts. Fleeing Wednesday’s Shaw press event, I ducked into what I thought was a hotel parking entrance off Yorkville when CHML producer Jacob Smith reached me on mobile. A burly security dude chased my back into construction hell just as Scott Thompson opened with hockey talk. Scott asks… 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



This week’s podcast: Habs watch

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know if anybody is watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. They certainly are when Montreal is involved. The Habs-Bruins Game Seven tilt drew 4.56 million overnight, estimated viewers last week and their sixth match scored 3.67M. West coast games,however, have been struggling to crack the million mark and even… Read on


The week in Canada: May 12-18

Is there such a thing as a regular season anymore? TV has become such a 52-week business. Still, with the May sweeps winding down, time to check in on the ever-changing Canadian TV landscape. Here’s where things stood the week of May 12-18, viewers 2+, according to overnight estimates. MONDAY MAY 12 CBC’s last Stanley… Read on


Millions watch Stanley Cup and Under the Dome

The overnight, estimated tally for Monday’s Sixth and final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs was 3,401,000 viewers. The Chicago Blackhawks last minute victory over the Boston Bruins pulled the highest playoff total since the Leafs went out in the first round. Audience levels rose as the series heated up. Saturday’s 5th game drew 2,911,000,… Read on


This week’s podcast: CTV, ABC go over the falls

Wallenda practices Thursday untethered and alive. Ida Mae Astute/ABC This week, Scott Thompson at CHML wanted to know if I thought Nik Wallenda will be a bit hit on TV Friday night as he walks across Niagara Falls. “Is this Harry Houdini TV come back to us?” asks Scott.My take is that this is silly… Read on