MIPCOM 2018: Parrot to single out series with most in-demand audience

CANNES — One hot topic at MIPCOM has always been ratings and numbers. The main question everyone asks is whether there is a better way to count heads in today’s ever evolving TV landscape. One company who thinks it has the answer is Parrot Analytics. The company, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London… Read on



Premiere week ratings in Canada Sept. 24 – 30

Canadian networks have to be breathing a little easier now that final audience data is in for the first full week of the season. Numeris reports that several scripted shows received hefty lifts once the PVR numbers were added over a seven day period. The Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 chart used a bit of… Read on


Big Bang back big in Canadian premiere week ratings

The fall season began in earnest the week of  Sept. 22 to 28. After some strategic moves by CBS and ABC, CTV faced three serious challenges. Canada’s most-watched TV show–The Big Bang Theory–was temporarily bumped to a new night. CTV’s No. 1 reality show–The Amazing Race–also got moved, as did CTV’s No. 1 imported drama, Grey’s… Read on


Heigl’s reputation catches up with her

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–This already seems like it happened a week ago–time flies on press tour–but here’s my Canadian Press  take on Katherine Heigl’s tense NBC press conference Sunday. The former Grey’s Anatomy star squirmed through her session for the fall drama State of Affairs after reporters started quizzing her on her rep as a set diva.… Read on



Idol’s out, super heroes in at CTV

So you’re the L.A. Kings. It’s the Stanley Cup finals, and all of a sudden you’re told that your No. 1 goalie and two best defenceman are either sidelined, in the penalty box or not available on this night. What do you do? That is pretty much the predicament CTV finds itself heading into the… Read on


ABC shifts Anatomy, crowds CTV

The U.S. network upfront announcements are creating the usual headaches for Canadian TV execs. Tuesday, ABC, as part of their Upfront presentation in New York, announced it is moving Grey’s Anatomy forward an hour to Thursday at 8 p.m. This will creat an all Shonda Rhimes night on ABC, with Grey’s at 8, Scandal (much… Read on


The Brioux Report: rare win for Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s finale: “Help! The wreckage from Pan Am fell on me!” Has been a short, crazy busy week, so here is an abbreviated version of The Brioux Report. Hope to have things back to their normal late Tuesday/early Wednesday release next week. (Although, with the Canadian private network upfronts next Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, that might be a… Read on


Grey’s Anatomy season finale pretty darn reachy

Sandra Oh reads Grey‘s finale script, considers calling her agent The Toronto Star asked me to recap Thursday night’s eighth season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. There was a plane crash, a death, a proposal, a firing and a lost shoe. This series really wants you back, but seriously? Thought I had tuned into a Lost/Walking… Read on