The final week of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games dominated the English Canadian Top-30 weekly ratings, although it missed the No. 1 spot on the list due to a technicality.

For some reason, Numeris measures the CTV Evening News from Monday to Friday only, and then breaks out the weekend edition of the same network newscast separately. CBC’s primetime coverage of the Tokyo Olympics would have scored the gold instead of the silver had the CTV News average been measured on the same, seven-day audience average as The Games.

That nitpick aside, CBC grabbed six spots on the Top-30 with their Olympic coverage, including spots two, nine and 10, as shown in the list below (based on confirmed program schedules and final audience data including 7-day playback; All Persons 2+):

  1. CTV Evening News (CTV) MTWTF 1,276,000
  2. Tokyo2020 Primetime (CBC) MTWTFSS 1,272,000
  3. CTV Evening News Weekend (CTV) SS 1,030,000
  4. Private Eyes (Global (Global) Thur 1,024,000
  5. Big Brother (Global) Sun 960,000
  6. CTV National News (CTV) MTWTFSS 931,000
  7. Big Brother (Global) Thurs 926,000
  8. Big Brother (Global) Wed 911,000
  9. Tokyo2020 Closing Ceremonies (CBC) Sun 876,000
  10. Tokyo2020 Morning (CBC) MTWTFSS 796,000

Other Olympic dayparts scoring for CBC include the encore (primetime) coverage of the closing ceremonies (No. 11 with an estimated 731,000 viewers), the seven-day daytime average (No. 12 watched by 718,000) and the Late Prime Olympic hours (No. 15 with an averageof 643,000 viewers).

Once again, Global’s Private Eyes emerged as the most-watched scripted original in Canada, drawing over a million and landing in 4th place overall. Why is this series canceled, Corus? Viewers love it and return to it no matter where you put it, even opposite the Olympics. Global’s other scripted drama, Nurses, enjoyed a 17th place finish with 620,000 viewers.

Canadians watched other sporting events besides The Games. The Toronto Blue Jays drew an average of 689,000 on Sportsnet across seven nights for 13th on the list. And CFL Football returned solidly for TSN, tackling 23rd spot with an average audience of 546,000 catching three weekend games.


All those Jeopardy! hosting headlines helped the weeknight quiz series to 16th and a 18th place finishes with 628,000 watching on ACCESS/IndieNET+ and 607,000 measured solely on indieNET.

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