SURVIVOR, May 18. Pictured (L-R): Omar Zaheer and Jeff Probst. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment

Survivor keeps living up to its name in Canada. After 22 seasons, it has more No. 1 finishes than other other show this year, The long-running CBS castaway import topped the weekly #Numeris Top-30 in English Canada for the week of May 16-22 with over 1.7 million viewers.

There should be an asterix, however. If Numeris broke out the average number of viewers who started watching Edmonton battle Calgary in the Stanley Cup playoffs that week — instead of lumping those games in with Round 2 playoff matchups with all-American teams — the Battle of Alberta would have snuffed Survivor’s Tiki torch.

With Global and CTV splitting the Top-10 with five shows apiece, here’s how the Top-10 landed that week in terms of Live+7, 2+ totals:

  1. Survivor (Global) Wed 1,702,000
  2. 9-1-1 (Global) Mon 1,569,000
  3. The Good Doctor (CTV) Mon 1,546,000
  4. 9-1-1: Lone Star (CTV) Mon 1,478,000
  5. NCIS (Global) Mon 1,325,000
  6. Station 19 (CTV) Thurs 1,290,000
  7. CTV Evening News (CTV) MTWTF 1,261,000
  8. Grey’s Anatomy (CTV) Thurs 1,256,000
  9. FBI: International (Global) Tues 1,241,000
  10. NCIS: Hawai’i (Global) Mon 1,180,000

As mentioned, lumping all the NHL action together for the week brought the Stanley Cup averages way down. Numeris pegged Round 2 action over six nights that week at 24th place with an average Sportsnet National audience of 834,000.

Also, with the Leafs gone in Round 1, interest in the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the Toronto-Hamilton market was also eliminated. NHL action failed to crack the Top 30 in Canada’s largest TV market. Hockey ranked first and second for the week (Sportsnet, then CBC coverage) in Calgary and third and eighth in the Edmonton market. Vancouver-Victoria’s interest slumped down into 22nd place.

In other numbers of note, the second-last episode of This Is Us ranked 13th for the week with 1,123,000 CTV viewers. Saturday Night Live, in 15th place, signed off for the 47th season (and last for cast regulars Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant and the other guy) with 1,027,000 Global viewers. The Conners season finale drew 982,000 on CTV at No. 17.


In Canadian originals, the season finale of Canada’s Got Talent drew 884,000 nationally on Citytv for a 21st place finish.

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