Too many Annes? Shirley you jest

I was just a young punk photo editor at TV Guide when Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables broke viewing records in Canada in 1985. A great, big, Hallmark greeting card of a series, the two-part event drew around five million viewers for one of its two nights. At least I think it did. That… Read on



This week’s podcast: CBC Hip ratings a reach

Summer being a season of upside down schedules, it had been a while since I last spoke with CHML’s Scott Thompson. We got back together on the radio this week to talk about the big TV audience last Saturday night for The Tragically Hip. Which gave me an opportunity to take issue with the CBC’s… Read on


Over 4M Canadians say goodbye to The Hip

Overnight estimates for Saturday night’s nearly three hour live broadcast of The Tragically Hip’s end-of-tour performance in Kingston puts the average minute audience at 4,039,000. That’s an impressive number for a Saturday night in summer and should easily stand as the most-watched show of the week in Canada, outperforming CBC’s Olympic Games coverage. The Olympic… Read on


CBC deserves Olympic medal for pure salute to The Hip

I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that drew over 100 re-tweets before, but a rather simple observation is up around 155 “likes” Sunday morning (and incited about as many more unlikes from The Haters): Remarkable — any other broadcaster would have littered this showcase with promos and screen crawls #HipInKingston #CBCTheHip — Bill Brioux (@BillBriouxTV)… Read on



Will The Hip be a bigger draw than The Olympics?

How high will The Hip go? I was asked that question on Twitter. It is one of those unique TV draws where there’s just no answer until the data comes in. CBC has promoted the hell out of their exclusive broadcast Saturday night of the very last concert by The Tragically Hip, broadcast live from… Read on