Survivor is nowhere near “The Edge of Extinction” on Global. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS

School has been out for many in Canada this week, sending some viewers south. Have the ratings gone with them?

As reported here earlier, Monday saw a slight dip in Week Two for CBC’s new Street Legal in the old, “overnight estimates” measurement (341,000). Elsewhere on the night was all imports save for sports specialty, where the Leafs lost to Tampa Bay on SportsNet Ontario (571,000) and the Raptors also stumbled against the Cavs on TSN (322,000).

Tuesday, CBC went Kim’s Convenience (536,000), 22 Minutes (404,000), Schitt’s Creek (287,000) andCatastrophe (156,000). Yes, that’s right — CBC went from Convenience to Catastrophe.

On the other channels, Global ruled the night with oldie NCIS (1,537,000) followed by newcomers FBI (1,306,000) and New Amsterdam (1,480,000). CTV hung in with Ellen’s Game of Games (731,000) followed by This Is Us (816,000) and a repeat of The Rookie (482,000). Citytv got a boost from The Bachelor (617,000); CTV Two got less of one from the premiere of MasterChef Junior (210,000). Top show on specialty was Discovery’s Gold Rush (385,000).

Wednesday saw CBC’s new law series Diggstown slip to 291,000 estimated, overnight viewers, followed by the BBC miniseries import Ordeal by Innocence (190,000). The weak lead-in was no help to The National (under 370,000 in both half hours).

Global dominated the night with Big Brother Canada at 7pm (871,000) followed by the highest overnight rating of the season so far for Survivor (1,624,000). Chicago‘s Fire and PD followed (542,000; 415,000). On CTV, not even a rerun of still potent Big Bang Theory at 7:30 (755,000) could bring viewers to what I suspect was a rerun of The Launch (278,000 once you combined tallys for both CTV and VRAK). Grey’s (868,000) and new spy import Whiskey Cavalier followed (894,000).


The World’s Best quietly packed up its tent and went home to 342,000 in the finale on Citytv. The big draw in sports was watching The Leafs’ late comeback bid against the Blackhawks fall short (711,000).

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