This week’s podcast: minus Leafs, are Rogers’ Cup dreams still alive?

This week, AM900CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to talk playoff hockey. We don’t get into will the Canadiens beat the Senators or will the Canucks defeat Calgary–it’s more will Rogers make a dime off of its NHL coverage? Scott is of the mind that another horrible Leafs season spells disaster for Rogers $5.2 billion, 12-year NHL… Read on



Burnett’s new Bible epic beaten by Senators

  Sunday, bloody Sunday. That’s not a movie title, that’s a ratings picture. Sunday used to be broadcast’s biggest night, but in the overnights at least, it is becoming a big indicator of a rapidly shifting media landscape. Take this past Easter Friday, April 6. Holidays are always a bit skewed but CTV seemed well… 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


Rogers scores big with NHL debut

Rogers $5.2 billion gamble on the NHL paid its first dividend Wednesday night as over two million Canadians watched the Leafs home opener on Sportsnet. That made it the most-watched show of the night on any channel in Canada. Sportsnet’s 2,010,000 overnight, estimated take beat everything that night on CTV, Global, CIty or CBC. An… Read on



Rogers beams up new era of NHL coverage

Think of all the referee helmet cam jokes we’ll likely see next week on 22 Minutes. Like the ref accidentally leaving the cam on in the washroom, or getting caught scoping hot babes in the stands while ignoring infractions on the ice, or…the mind boggles. The helmet cam was just one of the innovations trotted out… 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


Can hockey score in Canada like football in the U.S.?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Soccer???? What the hell is that?? Are you ready for some football?? That was the message Sunday as NBC presented its Sunday Night Football panel. Al Michaels and Cris Collingsworth were in the house and were quick to give the boot to commie kick ball. Real footballs have pointy ends and NFLers don’t… Read on


City ends at 10 p.m.

That hour you’ll never get back? It starts weeknights at 10 p.m. On City. The Rogers-owned network has followed the Fox lead and trimmed 10 – 11 p.m. off its prime time schedule for the 2014-15 season. City has struggled to break through the lock CTV and Global have on 10 p.m. across Canada. This… Read on