Castaways were officially merged into one tribe on the April 20 episode of Survivor. Pictured (L-R): Chanelle Howell and Jeff Probst. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Fire up the Tiki torch and pass the Doritos. Survivor, for a third weekly win in 2022, is the most-watched show in Canada on broadcast television.

Not bad for a series that began 42 editions ago. The series seems to be attracting a whole new audience, although one viewer who’s been a fan since the beginning — my favourite TV critic, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar — had some interesting obsevations about the series and a nagging perception of systemic racism. You can (and should) read more from Abdul-Jabbar here

Otherwise the weekly Numeris list of the Top-30 most-watched shows in English Canada is as dull and predictable as ever. The Top-10 in terms of total, Live+7 viewers ages 2+ and tracked in terms of average-minute-audience can be found below:

  1. Survivor (Global) Wed 1,738,000
  2. The Rookie (CTV) Sun 1,670,000
  3. The Good Doctor (CTV) Mon 1,663,000
  4. 9-1-1 (Global) Mon 1,528,000
  5. FBI (Global) Tues 1,394,000
  6. 9-1-1: Lone Star (CTV) Mon 1,338,000
  7. NCIS (Global) Mon 1,338,000
  8. CTV Evening News (CTV) MTWTF 1,325,000
  9. FBI International (Global) Tues. 1,217,000
  10. NCIS: Hawai’i (Global) Mon 1,180,000

What else was watched, network-wise, April 18-24? Citytv’s three imported Chicago rescue shows charted: (Chicago Fire, No. 12, 1,107,000 viewers; Chicago MED, 17th, 1,035,000 and Chicago PD, 18th, 1,030,000). CTV import This is Us finished 16th for the week, with 1,075,000 watching it head for the finish line.

All three of Global’s weekly Big Brother Canada episodes made the cut but barely in 26th, 27th and 28th place (all in the 875,000 viewer range).

No scripted Canadian original made the national Top-30 in English Canada, although Hudson & Rex was 27th most-watched in Toronto-Hamilton.


That record run on Jeopardy! by Canadian phenom Mattea Roach? She drew close to a million viewers that week in April as her streak began to gain momentum, with the series ranking 21st and 22nd on indie stations in separate timeslots. On YES TV in Toronto-Hamilton, Jeopardy! was even more popular as the fifth most-watched show for the week.

Two Raptor playoff games on Sportsnet National drew an average of 946,000 fans, ranking 23rd for the week in English Canada. One of those games ranked third for the week among all shows in the Toronto-Hamilton market, where it was right behind a 2nd place finish for Leafs Hockey on Sportsnet Ontario. The average of four Toronto Blue Jays games were also a strong draw in the Toronto-Hamilton market, ranking 17th overall.

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