Global Doesn’t Have a Prairie

Wednesdays CBC numbers: Little Mosque 776,000, new ABC Family pickup Sophie 545,000, fifth estate 671,000. CTV, of course, remains dominant: American Idol drew 2,682,000, The Moment of Truth, 1,478,000, CSI: New York 1,762,000. CSI: NY, in fact, does better in Canada than in the U.S., where it is down 30% year to year in the… Read on

KITT Got His Tongue

Will Arnett has been yanked off that new Knight Rider remake, replaced as the voice of KITT by Val Kilmer. That’s right, G.O.B. is out of a job. The reason? Toronto-native Arnett does voice over work for General Motors. The new KITT is a Shelby Mustang, built Ford tough. Woops. I could see this coming… Read on

The Thong Remains The Thame

Super Tuesday, presidential primary elections, change in America…screw that! We’ve got Tyra Banks ripping her jeans off on television! Woooo-eeeeee!You’d almost think it was sweeps! Hey, it IS sweeps!

MVP Held Off Score Sheet

House welcomed MVP to Tuesdays with a stiff bodycheck to the boards. In its new days and date premiere, the sexy prime time soap about the “secret lives of hockey wives” netted only 249,000 viewers. That almost exactly what it was getting on Fridays before CBC flipped it with lower rated rookie jPod. The problem… Read on

Cross Border Election Win

Who was the big winner last night? Obama? Hillary? John McCain? No, silly, it was The Border, which won this week’s TV Feeds My Family Poll, topping the list of Canadian-produced shows most likely headed to a U.S. network. The Border won with 25% of the vote, followed–surprisingly–by just banished to Fridays jPod, with 19%… Read on

Three Stooges of Late Night

How have Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert been killing time on their late night shows without their armies of writers? By morphing into the Three Stooges. Take a look at the silliest–and funniest–showbiz feud since Jack Benny met Fred Allen: Too bad Chuck Norris couldn’t have joined in the fun, although, this strike… Read on

Dr. House Slashes Nip/Tuck in Half

Lost in the hoopla of the Super Bowl numbers is the ratings battle that followed. CTV’s solid Super Bowl audience (an estimated 4, 093,000–great, but less than half proportionately, Fox’s massive 97.5 million draw) bailed on that fifth season opener of Nip/Tuck, which drew 623,000 viewers. Over at Global, the network stripped of the Super… Read on

Why Leno Keeps On Winning

Great article by Bill Carter in The New York Times on indomitable Jay Leno. As Carter points out, the late show host critics love to dismiss is as dominant as ever in the ratings a month after he and David Letterman returned to the air–Letterman with his writers, Leno without. How has he done it?… Read on