Viewers flocked back to the comfort food of old TV favourites the week of November 9 – 15 as several long-running imports continue to return this month to Canadian TV schedules.
Production shut downs and delays due to strict COVID-related safety measures pushed back start dates this fall of old favoruites Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, Chicago Med and This is Us. All landed in the English Canadian Top 10 in the lastest weekly list of final audience data released Tuesday by data company Numeris.
The Good Doctor, for the third week in a row, topped the list with over 2.5 million CTV viewers. Overall, CTV placed eight shows in the Top 10 and 17 in the Top 30.
Global’s only Top 10 entry was also the highest-rated domestic series, Departure. The Christopher Plummer airplane drama soared to over 1.3 million across Canada.
Re-armed with imports, Citytv bounced into the Top 10 for the first time in weeks thanks to No. 9 offering Chicago Med, which drew 1,283,000 viewers across Canada. Sister show Chicago Fire ranked 11th with 1,245,000; the third Dick Wolf first responder drama, Chicago PD, listed at 14th place with 1,120,000.
Here’s a look at the Numeris Top 10 the week of Nov. 9 to 15 (all numbers average minute audience; viewers 2+):
- The Good Doctor (CTV) Mon 2,531,000
- Grey’s Anatomy (CTV) Thurs 2,307,000
- The Masked Singer (CTV) Wed 1,970,000
- Station 19 (CTV) Thurs 1,806,000
- Young Sheldon (CTV) Thurs 1,704,000
- The CTV Evening News (CTV) MTWTF 1,676,000
- This Is Us (CTV) Tues 1,412,000
- Departure (Global) Thurs 1,306,000
- Chicago Med (Citytv) Wed 1,283,000
- The Amazing Race (CTV) Wed 1,246,000
Other returning imports cracking the Canadian Top 30 this week included S.W.A.T. on Global. The two hour return ranked 15th with 1,099,000 viewers and 17th with 1,071,000. The Shemar Moore elite police drama returned with a special Black Lives Matter-themed episode touching on the summer of unrest following the murder of George Floyd.
Also returning to the Top 30 were CTV’s Law & Order: SVU (No. 16; 1,090,000) and Sunday night Global imports NCIS: Los Angeles (19th, 992,000) and NCIS: New Orleans (27th, 879,000). The Blacklist returned in 21st spot with 978,000 tuning in on Global.
The domestic Global hour Private Eyes cracked the million mark in its second episode of the fourth season, pulling 1,023,000 for 18th spot.
Brand new comedy B Positive, from Chuck Lorre, had a positive audience of 990,000 in week two for a 20th place finish.
Only one NFL game cracked the Canadian Top 30: The late afternoon Sunday game between Buffalo and Arizona which drew 965,000 fans on CTV and TSN for a 23rd place finish.
Once again, not a single CBC show made the list.