Usual suspects are winning the summer TV race

  Is this the summer when Peak TV finally peaks in Canada? There was only one scripted series in the Canada Top-10 the week of July 31 – Aug. 6: the final episode of Saving Hope at No. 9 with 1,130,000 total viewers according to Numeris. The entire national Top-10 went like this: The Amazing Race Canada… Read on



Bell/CTV hit for Super Bowl loss as many in Canada opt for US ads

UPDATED WITH CORRECTED OVERNIGHT TOTALS: The overnight, estimated tally for Bell Media’s share of the Super Bowl audience suggests that up to 40% the Canadian football audience opted to watch the game — and the American ads — on Fox Network border stations. For the game itself –from kickoff at approx. 6:37 p.m. ET to the end… Read on


Kim’s Convenience an overnight success for CBC

Overnight estimates — a measure that means less and less these days — are in and the numbers for Kim’s Convenience so far are right where I expected. Tuesday’s back-to-back opener measured 835,000 and 805,000 viewers on the overnight scale. That was good enough for third in the timeslot in Canada behind Global’s strong rookie… Read on


Jays Wild Card win draws 4.2M; Kim’s dodges big bullet

CBC was smart to pull Kim’s Convenience out of Tuesday’s suicide slot. The Toronto Blue Jays exciting Wild Card win was a grand slam home run for Sportsnet, drawing an overnight, estimated 4,017,000 viewers. That makes it the fifth biggest audience in Sportsnet’s history, behind only Jays’ playoff games last fall vs. Kansas City and Texas. Games… Read on



Over 4M Canadians say goodbye to The Hip

Overnight estimates for Saturday night’s nearly three hour live broadcast of The Tragically Hip’s end-of-tour performance in Kingston puts the average minute audience at 4,039,000. That’s an impressive number for a Saturday night in summer and should easily stand as the most-watched show of the week in Canada, outperforming CBC’s Olympic Games coverage. The Olympic… Read on


Winter may be coming, but CBC’s Summer Games beat CTV’s Game of Thrones

CTV’s gambit to blunt CBC’s Rio Summer Olympic Games coverage with their broadcast premiere of Game of Thrones is off to a bloody start. In Monday’s head-to-head matchup, CBC’s primetime Olympic coverage drew an overnight, estimated 2,021,000 viewers vs. the 667,000 who watched the very first episode of the sword-and-sandal fantasy epic. It was about the… Read on


Woe Canada: Rogers stuck bundling all American playoffs

Hello Canada and hockey fans in Newfoundland. It’s hockey night in, uh, well, Tampa. Yes, all seven Canadian NHL teams have been shut out of the playoffs. This hasn’t happened since that other Trudeau was prime minister. Wednesday night’s first round openers feature games between Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET on… Read on


Empire: too red, white and black for Canada?

Usually the Canadian Top-30 pretty much mirrors the American Top-30 when it comes to weekly TV ratings. There are, occasionally, significant differences. Take Empire. Fox’s hip hop prime time soap took off like a rocket in America last season. Through the end of the 2014-15 season, it was the No. 1 U.S. network series on television,… Read on