Sochi-Vancouver ratings Apples to oranges

I wrote a piece for The Canadian Press Tuesday that takes a look at CBC’s Sochi Olympic ratings compared to four years ago at the Vancouver Games. You can read that story here.That it is an Apples to oranges comparison is underlined by a fact pointed out to me today by my buddy David Kines… Read on



Sochi Olympics not an eleventy billion draw

CBC Olympic team members David Amber, Diane Swain, Ron MacLean, Andrew Chang, Andi Petrillo and Scott Russell  After a few days, Canada is kicking ass in Sochi–but are we watching the Games on television?Well, yes, but the CBC broadcast numbers, as expected, are well down from the giddy levels the CTV-Rogers consortium enjoyed four years ago… Read on


Can Peter Pan pull NBC out of Neverland?

Greenblatt (middle) with Growing Up Fisher star J.K.Simmons (left) and EP Jason Bateman PASADENA, CA–Really Robert Greenblatt? You never knew NBC had mounted a production of Peter Pan before?The NBC Chairman began his executive session Sunday by announcing that the network would follow up the spectacular success of The Sound of Music Live with a stage… Read on


Count every viewer up to 30 days, says Reilly

Reilly demonstrates how to eat an In ‘n Out burger PASADENA, CA–Kevin Reilly had so much to announce at Monday’s Fox executive session he actually brought out an egg timer to try and get it all in.He set it for five minutes. When it went off he set it again.“TV is 2014 is pretty cool,”… Read on



No medal, soft ratings with WJHS

Who’s afraid of the big bad World Junior Hockey Championship Deathstar? Not rival programmers this year. The annual junior shinny tourney used to outdraw Grey Cups and Super Bowls back when Canada was kicking ass. In January of 2010, Canada lost in the finals but an overnight, estimated 5,625,000 watched on TSN. The next year,… Read on


TONIGHT: Downton Abbey returns

Lady Mary  (Michelle Dockery, left) looks for the baby off switch Take a close look at Downton Abbey as it returns for a fourth season Sunday night (9/8c, PBS).It’s a sneaky show. On the surface, it looks like an old-fashioned miniseries, a throwback to Upstairs, Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and other period dramas from the ’70s and… Read on


Orphan Black cracks critics’ Top 15 for 2013

The North Poll isn’t the only poll sticking out these days. Everybody seems to be making with their annual best and worst TV show lists of the past year.The folks at HitFix, home of Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate in their Second Annual Television Critics’ Poll. Fifty-three critics took part. Everybody was asked to… Read on


Sound of Music drowns out Wonderful Life

New Von Trapp`s Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. Will Hart/NBC Late in posting this on a Saturday night, but if you live on the West coast, NBC is rerunning The Sound of Music Live. They`re even bumping their annual airing of It`s a Wonderful Life to make room for the production. (The Frank Capra classic… Read on