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7th December 2011

Hockey Night In Canada The Only CanCon To Make The Top Ten In TV Ratings

OrbyAm I the only one who finds the Top Ten ratings list released yesterday by Global TV to be more than a little disheartening? While I admit I do watch some of the shows on that list, why is it that not one Canadian-produced TV show other than Hockey Night In Canada made the Top Ten? Where is Flashpoint? Once Upon A Time? What about Endgame? Oh wait, Showcase cancelled that one – and as specialty channels don’t seem to enter into this ratings game, you could argue that Endgame doesn’t count – but it was a really good show and I still hold a grudge against Showcase for shutting it down. Human Target and Rookie Blue would’ve looked nice on that list too – if they hadn’t been cancelled.

According to the press release, “With the Fall 2011 season quickly coming to an end, Shaw Media announced today that the Global prime time schedule has been a huge hit with viewers, delivering Top 10 hits right across the country.” Well I beg to differ. Shaw, Global, CTV, whatever – did not deliver Top 10 hits. They piped US-made product into Canadian homes. Global and CTV (and yes, even the CBC) excel more at cancelling Canadian-produced shows than they do at delivering them. As I said earlier, we do watch some of those imported shows, but certainly not all of them, and we do like our Canadian programming.

With the number of channels available to the average viewer, you’d think that there would be a night when there isn’t a full slate of US-made shows, their re-runs or syndicated titles on the majority of channels. Why are there 3 or 4 channels at any given time running the exact same US-made syndicated re-runs? Why aren’t there more channels showing syndicated re-runs of Canadian shows? I may not know very much about TV licensing, but I do know that there’s enough homegrown product out there to last for a few years of airtime. Why can’t we have a Canadian Classics channel? Anyone?

I would be interested to see how the specialty channel ratings look, and I would also like to see how all of the currently aired Canadian-produced shows measure up – no matter then channel they’re on, and no matter if they’re first-run or syndicated. I’m a Gemini – I am curious about such things.

Here’s a look at what other Canadians are apparently watching – we personally watch only 4 of these shows (5 if you count HNIC, which we watch sporadically), as we choose to watch more Canadian content than the National average, it would seem.

National

Rank  Program Network  Day & Time
1 Big Bang Theory CTV Thursday – 8pm
2 Grey’s Anatomy CTV Thursday – 9pm
3 Survivor: South Pacific  Global Wednesday – 8pm 
4 Amazing Race 19 CTV Sunday – 8pm
5 Glee Global Tuesday – 8pm
6 HNIC Prime East CBC Saturday – 7pm
7 CSI CTV Wednesday – 10pm
8 House Global Monday – 9pm
9 Two and a Half Men CTV2 Monday – 9pm
10 Hawaii Five-0 Global Monday – 10pm

Toronto

Rank  Program Network  Day & Time
1 Big Bang Theory CTV Thursday – 8pm
2 HNIC Prime East CBC Saturday – 7pm
3 Grey’s Anatomy CTV Thursday – 9pm
4 Amazing Race 19 CTV Sunday – 8pm
5 Glee Global Tuesday – 8pm
6 Survivor: South Pacific  Global Wednesday – 8pm 
7 Two and a Half Men CTV2 Monday – 9pm
8 Terra Nova Citytv Monday – 8pm
9 Criminal Minds CTV2 Wednesday – 9pm
10 Hawaii Five-0 Global Monday – 10pm

Calgary

Rank  Program Network  Day
1 Big Bang Theory CTV Thursday – 9pm
2 Terra Nova Citytv Monday – 9pm
3 Amazing Race 19 CTV Sunday – 9pm
4 House Global Monday – 10pm
4 Survivor: South Pacific  Global Wednesday -9pm
6 Simpsons Global Sunday – 9pm
7 Glee Global Tuesday – 9pm
8 Whitney CTV Monday/Tuesday- 9:30pm
9 Bones Global Thursday – 10pm
9 Hawaii Five-0 Global Monday – 8pm
9 Pan Am CTV Sunday – 8pm

Edmonton

Rank  Program Network  Day
1 Big Bang Theory CTV Thursday – 9pm
2 NCIS Global Tuesday – 9pm
3 Hawaii Five-0 Global Monday – 8pm
4 HNIC Prime West CBC Saturday – 8pm
5 House Global Monday – 10pm
5 Amazing Race 19 CTV Sunday – 9pm
7 Glee Global Tuesday – 9pm
8 Survivor: South Pacific  Global Wednesday – 9pm 
9 NCIS Global Monday – 9pm
10 Terra Nova Citytv Monday – 9pm
10 CSI CTV Wednesday – 8pm

Vancouver – wow, we are regular viewers of only 3 of the shows on the local list. Of course, it would be easier to watch FlashPoint if the network would stop playing musical time slots with it – or is it slated for cancellation just like the other top-notch Canadian shows we’ve seen axed over the past year, so by bouncing it around, the network can claim poor ratings.

Rank  Program Network Day
1 Big Bang Theory CTV Thursday – 8pm
2 Amazing Race 19 CTV Sunday – 8pm
3 Glee Global Tuesday – 8pm
4 Bones Global Thursday – 9pm
5 Two and a Half Men CTV2 Monday – 9pm
6 Terra Nova Citytv Monday – 8pm
7 Survivor: South Pacific  Global Wednesday – 8pm 
8 House Global Monday – 9pm
8 NCIS Global Tuesday – 8pm
10 Hawaii Five-0 Global Monday – 10pm

Come on people – watch more Canadian content and keep our creative talent working.

Chart Source: BBM Canada PPM Data, Fall 2011 STD (9/12/2011 to 11/27/2011) Confirmed up to Nov.20/11, A18-49, Total Canada AMA(000)/Meter Markets Rtg%, 3+ airings

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