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



Burnett’s new Bible epic beaten by Senators

  Sunday, bloody Sunday. That’s not a movie title, that’s a ratings picture. Sunday used to be broadcast’s biggest night, but in the overnights at least, it is becoming a big indicator of a rapidly shifting media landscape. Take this past Easter Friday, April 6. Holidays are always a bit skewed but CTV seemed well… Read on


Several reasons to watch One Big Happy

There was a lot of talk about how groundbreaking One Big Happy was at the January TCA press tour. The NBC sitcom, which premieres Tuesday night, stars Calgary-born Elisha Cuthbert as an uptight lesbian who decides to have a child fathered by her lifelong friend, Luke (Nick Zano). Then Nick goes and meets a curvy… Read on


This week’s podcast: Leafs sink to historic low on HNiC

Seven hundred and forty-three thousand estimated, overnight viewers across Canada watched Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada tilt between The Toronto Maple Leafs and the St. Louis Blues. That might be the lowest HNiC 7 p.m. start number ever, or at least since digital tallying. In our weekly radio chat, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson started things off by… Read on



Rogers scores big with NHL debut

Rogers $5.2 billion gamble on the NHL paid its first dividend Wednesday night as over two million Canadians watched the Leafs home opener on Sportsnet. That made it the most-watched show of the night on any channel in Canada. Sportsnet’s 2,010,000 overnight, estimated take beat everything that night on CTV, Global, CIty or CBC. An… Read on


Rogers beams up new era of NHL coverage

Think of all the referee helmet cam jokes we’ll likely see next week on 22 Minutes. Like the ref accidentally leaving the cam on in the washroom, or getting caught scoping hot babes in the stands while ignoring infractions on the ice, or…the mind boggles. The helmet cam was just one of the innovations trotted out… Read on



Leafs break record, 5.2 million hearts

Montreal Gazzette great Terry “Aislin” Mosher Monday’s overnight, estimated audience for CBC’s coverage of the Leafs’ Game Seven heart breaker drew a staggering 5,155,000 viewers. That tops the 4.5M+ who tuned in for Sunday’s Leafs victory over Boston in Game Six and is likely the highest total ever for an opening round playoff tilt.CBC drew… Read on