CBC draws curtain on 2016-17 with a lite launch

They had to know the risk. The headlines: “Curtains for CBC!” Thursday in Toronto at their rapidly rented-out broadcast bunker, CBC held it’s annual fall launch in Toronto. Reporters were lifted up to the 10th floor in service elevators and led down hallways where bare walls were wrapped in thousands of yards of curtains and drapes.… Read on



With Jays out, Canada stops watching baseball

What a difference a week makes. Without the Jays in the World Series, Sportsnet’s baseball playoff coverage has fallen well behind the record draws from earlier this month. Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets drew an overnight, estimated 776,000 Sportsnet viewers. Game 2 Wednesday… Read on


Robert Herjavec: Shark, Dragon…dancer?

“I am now a professional dancer—words that I thought would never come out of my mouth. All my friends think I am nuts.” That’s Robert Herjavec talking. The former Dragon and current Shark will add dancer to his C.V. when the 20th edition of Dancing with the Stars commences Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m.… Read on


The week in Canada: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

The World Series, municipal elections, Wallendas walking across Chicago skyscrapers (above)–it’s not just The Walking Dead rocking broadcast schedules these days. In the States, shows are finally getting canceled, with three comedies (Bad Judge, A to Z and Manhattan Love Story) and one reality show (Utopia) getting axed. Here’s a look at the overnight estimates for… Read on



The week in Canada: Oct. 13 – 19

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… Read on


Show slasher CBC spills 2014-15 schedule

Graham Wardle and Amber Marshall get to stay in the Heartland CBC picked a Friday to quietly announce the shows it was picking up for the 2014-15 season. It was already known that Arctic Air, Cracked, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show would not be back. Hockey Night in Canada will be back on… Read on


Republic under siege in move to Sundays

Doyle’s leap to Sundays probably looked easier at the start of the season It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. CBC’s Republic of Doyle was coming off its third and highest-rated season ever. Every single week last Winter and Spring, the Newfoundland-based cop drama pulled over a million total viewers. With high… Read on


Murdoch Mysteries lifts CBC’s premiere week

Yannick Bisson has reason to smile Premiere week is over. How did CBC do?The first week of January is a big one for CBC as the public broadcaster tries to take advantage of a more-or-less down week in network television to sneak on its 2013 series premieres. The network headed into the  beginning of the… Read on