CTV hopes The Launch will make beautiful music

PASADENA, Ca. — Are music talent based reality shows still something to sing about? It’s a topic being kicked around in the US and Canada this week. During the current winter TCA press tour, there was a press conference Monday promoting ABC’s revival of American Idol (featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest along with new judges Katy… 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


Comic book clash sees Supergirl beat Bat-boy

Look–up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s those Supergirl ratings! Despite a lame lead-in (Minority Report, shrinking to 415,000 off an awkward shift to 7:30), the comic book-inspired CBS series got off to a flying start Monday on Global, drawing an overnight, estimated 1,709,000 2+ viewers from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.… Read on


Blue Jays only home run in fall full of singles

UPDATED: The numbers posted by the victorious Toronto Blue Jays during the ALDS are incredible: an overnight, estimated 4.85 million viewers watched that unforgettable fifth and deciding game on Sportsnet Wednesday night, peaking at a staggering 8.1 million by the final out. That tally followed 4,377,000 viewers for Game 4 vs Texas on Thanksgiving Monday afternoon and… Read on



CTV gets a Big Bang out of Monday’s numbers

That sound you just heard was CTV programming executives starting to breathe again. In Monday’s first big test of the new season, perennial powerhouse The Big Bang Theory came roaring back to 3,168,000 and 3,461,000 viewers, despite being bumped out of its regular day and time. The sitcom has owned Thursdays at 8 p.m. for five… Read on


Gettin’ old: Idol and Dance finales

I joke that recapping American Idol and Dancing with the Stars for theStar.ca this year is the very definition of getting paid to watch television. Fact is, a) I don’t get paid all that much and b) I was surprised by how much I enjoyed both shows. Once mighty Idol has slumped to a record… Read on


The week in Canada: May 12-18

Is there such a thing as a regular season anymore? TV has become such a 52-week business. Still, with the May sweeps winding down, time to check in on the ever-changing Canadian TV landscape. Here’s where things stood the week of May 12-18, viewers 2+, according to overnight estimates. MONDAY MAY 12 CBC’s last Stanley… Read on


Remedy and other post-Olympic ratings

With the Olympics done like borscht, the real TV Games have begun. This week, several new and returning shows aired series as well as season premiere episodes. Here is a sampling. (Keep in mind as we move deeper into the PVR, Live+7 era these estimated, overnight numbers are a bit like reporting only the first two… Read on