After being parked two years as it waited out the pandemic, The Amazing Race Canada roared back as Canada’s most-watched summer series on broadcast network television.

According to Numeris’ Live+7 tally of the Season 8 premiere, close to 1.7 million Canadians got back into the Race. That was close to a half a million more viewers than the second most-watched show of the week, an average of five nights worth of CTV Evening Newscasts.

Here is how the Top-10 played out July 4-10 in term of 2+, Live+7, average minute audience:

  1. The Amazing Race Canada (CTV) Tues 1,695,000
  2. CTV Evening News (CTV) MTWTF 1,228,000
  3. Big Brother (Global) Wed 996,000
  4. Big Brother (Global) Sun 978,000
  5. CTV National News (CTV) MTWTFSS 893,000
  6. CTV Evening News Weekend (CTV) Sat, Sun 849,000
  7. America’s Got Talent (Citytv) Tues 821,000
  8. Global News Hour (Global) MTWTF 643,000
  9. Jeopardy! (indieNET) MTWTF 638,000
  10. CTV Late News (CTV) MTWTFSS 637,000

There were nine newscasts in the English Canada Top-30. In terms of sports, The Toronto Blue Jays were in 12th place, with an average audience of 615,000 calculated over four games on Sportsnet National. The NHL Draft, 19th overall, drew an average of 491,000 over two nights on Sportsnet National. Four CFL football games on TSN, spread over Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights, drew an average of 484,000 fans, good enough for 22nd place overall. TSN also made the Top-30, barely, with their coverge of a Formula One auto race. It drew 424,000 viewers on a Sunday.

CBC claimed 18th spot with The Great British Baking Show, which rose to 492,000 viewers on a Sunday night. The import reality series Generation Gap drew 572,000 in 14th place on CTV. Alone was alone in 24th place on History with 464,000 viewers. Coming back down to earth on 28th place was Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which drew 440,000 on CTV Sci-Fi, a 28th place finish.

The Amazing Race Canada continues Tuesday nights on CTV. Listen as podcast guest host Jon Montgomery talks about shooting Season Eight here on the podcast.


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