The week in Canada: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

CTV, as usual, was quick to rush out a release declaring they have all the hot new shows so far this season. This after one week of total ratings. So, yes, Gotham opened huge as expected (3,375,000 Live + 7 viewers, gaining a million over the overnight tally) with Thursday night Shonda Rhimes drama How to… 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



Blowouts throwing CBS’ Thursday Night Football for a loss

As I sit typing in a Winnipeg Hotel room (yes, glamour is my life), the TV is on. I’ve got one of two LG flatscreens in the room tuned to CBS. It is the true, CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO. Thanks to five interceptions, the Giants are beating the crap out of the Red, uh, jerseys. CBS… 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


More headaches for CTV as CBS moves Bang, Race

It’s been years since the Eye Network blinked. Well, pass the Visine. Stand Pat CBS took a hit last season, losing its A18-49 ratings crown to suddenly resurgent (thanks mainly to Sunday Night Football, The Voice and The Blacklist) NBC. Wednesday in New York at Carnegie Hall, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and programming head Nina… Read on


Battle of the Blades helps CBC find its feet

Blades battlers Shae Lynn Bourne and Anson Carter Remember the CBC? The Canadian public broadcaster has coasted along with reruns since around the time the Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup. No network can afford to take the summer off anymore but that’s exactly what CBC did.  With the surprise exit of former programming… Read on


Good start for Screenies, Vikings and God

Martin Short helped the Screenies double the Gemini take Whatever one thought of the merits of Sunday’s first annual Canadian Screen Awards, they were a winner in at least one area: ratings.The two-hour broadcast drew an overnight, estimated 756,000 viewers on CBC Sunday night, about double what the Gemini or Genie Award telecasts were able… Read on