Some early successes in the Canadian prime time ratings race may have to be tempered with U.S. results. Fox seems to be in free fall, with only Gotham on steady ground. Don’t count on a full season of Gracepoint, for example, no matter how well it does on Global. The impact of Rogers’ NHL deal
As expected, Sunday night’s first NHL game of the season helped City bodycheck its way into contention. Whether the Sunday Night hockley audience holds when the Leafs aren’t part of the mix remains to be seen. Rogers’ City stations drew an average of 1,069,000 overnight, estimated viewers starting at 7:05 Sunday night with the Leafs’ lopsided win over the
CTV, as usual, was quick to rush out a release declaring they have all the hot new shows so far this season. This after one week of total ratings. So, yes, Gotham opened huge as expected (3,375,000 Live + 7 viewers, gaining a million over the overnight tally) with Thursday night Shonda Rhimes drama How to
There was no Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime in 1964–unless they were rival agencies like THRUSH on the new spy series that season, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. There wasn’t even Fox or Global or City back in ’64. The TV landscape was so much narrower and easier to get–all you needed was an antenna.
Screening a bunch of pilots before, during and after the summer TCA press tour and then weighing in with reviews is pretty much judging a book by its cover. The networks discourage it with “work in progress” labels suggesting major elements are still to be added. (Usually that’s an over-statement, unless you count a occasional
Despite all the talk about PVRing and streaming and on-demand, the TV game–when it comes down to eyeballs and ad dollars–is still a lot about scheduling. Take Wednesday’s Shaw Media 2014-15 fall season announcements in Toronto. Shaw Media Executive Vice President Barbara Williams did her usual presentation for the press Wednesday morning, leading with Shaw’s