Blue Christmas For Elvis, Ratings-Wise

Elvis Costello has said this season of Spectacle will be his last. Too busy, he reports, although CTV is probably OK with that. Friday’s second season premiere, featuring U2, drew just 350,000 viewers.Costello got run over by Santa’s sleigh over at CBC, where 1,351,000 were watching The Santa Clause 2 according to overnight estimates from… Read on



Ratings Less Than Gaga For 2009 MMVAs

You’d think the Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and all those other A-list acts would have boosted the MuchMusic Video Awards to a record high. But just 368,000 tuned in Sunday night at 9 p.m. on MuchMusic. Maybe they should have worked thagt Perez Hilton clubbing into the show.Three hundred thousand-plus is… Read on


Crosby and Co. Score in US Cup Ratings

Yes, we still do numbers. The CBC is going to miss the Stanley Cup finals and so, incredibly, will NBC. The Peacock network drew 7.51 million for Friday’s seventh and deciding game, with over 9 million tuning into see Sidney Crosby and the Pens hoist the cup. Here are the dying seconds:That is the biggest… Read on


Glee Ratings, Dish Talk on Radio Report

Should you yank out the cable and go with satellite? Scott Thompson‘s parents did and boy were they steamed afterwards. Check out why on this week’s TV Talk radio segment with CHML’s Thompson, you can listen in here.We also talk about Jon & Kate Plus 8 (can these people please stop procreating?), upfront week in… Read on



Ratings: Rick Mercer Gets High With Hazel

Hurricane Hazel McCallion helped storm the Rick Mercer Report to a seasonal high, scoring 1,289,000 viewers last night. The 88-year-old Mississauga mayor was the latest Canadian icon to goose Mercer’s numbers, with both Nancy Green (1,262,000 in January) and Don Cherry (1,169,000 in November) also driving the weekly CBC comedy series to new heights.Getting a… Read on


Corner Gas Ratings–Fill ‘er Up

Many years ago, the late, great NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff was quoted as saying that the weekly TV ratings numbers had become “the box score of the ‘90s.” That’s even more true this century as BBM Canada and Nielsen Media Research numbers are as parsed and dissected online and in print as Matt Sundin`s… Read on


Weekly Ratings in Jeopardy

Answer: What is Jeopardy?Question: What CBC show crashed through the one million viewer mark twice last week? The supper time quiz show drew 1,025,000 viewers Monday and 1,044,000 Wednesday the week of Nov. 3-9 according to BBM NMR overnight data.Here’s how some other CBC series did last week: Hockey Night in Canada, featuring a battle… Read on


Higher, Faster, Stronger Ratings–For Now

Are we all watching the Olympics? Certainly in the U.S. that is all anyone is watching. There have been several reports on this, but Bill Carter, as usual, nailed it early with this piece in the New York Times, A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC: The Games have drawn an average… Read on