As we all know by now, The Toronto Maple Leafs did not survive past the first round of these Stanley Cup playoffs. Maybe that is why Global’s Survivor, and not Sportsnet’s coverage of the Leafs final games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, tops Numeris’ list of the Top 30 TV shows watched in nglish Canada the week of May 9-15.
Pushing hockey ratings further down the list is the fact Numeris does not break out individual games or even shows the distinction between games between Canadian teams and between teams in American cities. They also measure viewership over two games per night, extending into 12:30 am for the end of the west coast games — a four hour and 20 minute nightly timeslot.
It would be fair to assume, based on past seasons, that The Leafs were drawing over two million viewers per game by the end of their seven-game series vs. Tampa. That would put those games on top of Survivor and everything elsee for the week. Numeris, however, does not tally their Top 30s that way.
Instead, Sportsnet National’s seven-night cume for its Round 1 coverage only ranked 14th for the week with an average audience of 1,040,000. Further down in 22nd spot on the English Canadian Top 30 was CBC’s six-night take for the early games, drawing an average of 903,000 nationally.
The way the data is presented, therefore, tilts in favour of the same old hour-long procedurals. Even they, however, are down from the two-million-plus days of just two years ago, as seen below (average-minute-audience, ages 2+):
- Survivor (Global) Wed 1,569,000
- 9-1-1: Lone Star (CTV) Mon 1,553,000
- The Good Doctor (CTV) Mon 1,514,000
- 9-1-1 (Global) Mon 1,481,000
- FBI (Global) Tues 1,297,000
- CTV Evening News (MTWTF 1,263,000
- FBI: International (Global) Tus 1,160,000
- The Rookie (CTV) Sun 1,122,000
- The Equalizer (Global) Sun 1,096,000
- This is Us (CTV) Tues 1,093,000
In Toronto-Hamilton, NHL Playoff Round 1 action ranked in 3rd spot for the week on CBC Ontario over six early games with 325,000 regional viewers. The NHL did even better out West: On Numeris’ weekly Calgary Top-30, the Flames helped drive Round 1 playoff hockey to the No. 1 spot with 101,000 Sportsnet West viewers. In Edmonton, 105,000 Sportsnet West viewers made NHL Round 1 hockey their top viewing choice for the week.
In other numbers of note, CBC’s coverage of the 2022 Juno Awards, hosted by Simu Liu, did not crack the national Top 30. In Toronto-Hamilton, however, it ranked 16th with 216,000 regional viewers.
Saturday Night Live, hosted that week by Selena Gomez, ranked 16th nationally with 972,000 Global viewers. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds didn’t land nationally but engaged viewers in Calgary (No. 28) and Vancouver-Victoria (No. 30) on CTV Sci-Fi.
The second-last episode of Citytv’s Canada’s Got Talent missed the cut nationally but ranked 29th for the week in Toronto-Hamilton. Finally, no Canadian scripted seriees cracked Numeris’ Top 30 for the week across English Canada.