Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Brioux Report: Canucks exit impacts CBC

CBC and TSN were probably counting on long playoff runs from the mighty Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Now Sidney Crosby and the Sedin twins are out of the race for the Stanley Cup, and Southern teams such as Phoenix and Nashville are on to Round Two.
With Detroit also eliminated, and Ottawa do or die to stay in as Canada’s team, hitting three million-plus for another playoff audience is not going to be easy.
Oh well. At least The Amazing Race, Survivor and the other top reality shows still have a few weeks left to attract ratings and revenue. Resilient Race, in fact, was the No. 2 show for the week in Canada.
Here’s how all it all played out across Canada in prime time among adults 2+ the week of April 16 to 22 according to overnight estimates:

Maria Menounos bends over backwards to stay on Dancing with the Stars
MONDAY

CBC carried Stanley Cup Round One playoff games between the Rangers and Ottawa and Boston and Washington and all together that drew 2,255,000 Monday night.
A new Bones was a bonus for Global with 1,747,000 counted in the overnight estimates. A new House drew 1,724,000. Hawaii FIVE-0 was a repeat, hitting 1,002,000.
Dancing with the Stars on CTV Two (1,245,000) again beat The Voice on CTV (1,083,000) although Voice won the 25-54 demo. A new Castle followed on CTV with 1,700,000 viewers.
Smash is no smash on CTV Two (413,000).
City’s Canada’s Got Talent seems overwhelmed by the big reality guns on the other networks. Now at 9 p.m., the talent search series drew 270,000 for a 30-minute Semi-Final. How I met Your Mother opened City’s night at 8 (657,000) followed by 2 Broke Girls (651,000). Rules of Engagement did 168,000 at 9:30 and Showtime addition Shameless did 116,000 at 10.
TSN is finding its coverage of the St. Louis/San Jose series to be less of a draw, pulling 559,000 Monday night.
Score pinned 290,000 with WWE Raw. Bering Sea Gold (273,000) was the big draw at Discovery. Midsomer Murders killed on TVO (261,000). Canadian Pickers (243,000) seemed picked over at History. Top Chef Canada simmered to 230,000 on Food.

A losing contestant is consoled with a three-way on The Voice
TUESDAY

There was Glee at Global with 1,538,000 tuning in for the Bee Gees broadcast. NCIS: Los Angeles reran to 1,359,000 viewers. A rerun of NCIS managed 1035,000 at 10.
CTV found 1,531,000 were watching Missing. A results episode of The Voice did 1,155,000. Unforgettable ended CTV’s night with 1,024,000.
CTV Two plugged in another rerun of Flashpoint (79,000) followed by a Dancing with the Stars results show (1,253,000), where Gavin DeGraw finally got tossed. CTV Two’s night ended with Fashion Star (341,000).
A Nashville/Detroit playoff tilt drew 1,028,000 on CBC.
City stuck to its Tuesday night comedies Last Man Standing (383,000) followed by Cougar Town (389,000), New Girl (690,000) and the season finale of Raising Hope (451,000). Private Practice ended the night at 10 (504,000).
TSN had two NHL playoff games, Phoenix/Chicago (730,000) and Florida/New Jersey (587,000). The Blue Jays continue to swing a hot bat at Sportsnet, pulling 684,000 against Tampa Bay. Deadliest Catch landed 513,000 viewers on Discovery. Pawn Stars fetched 399,000 and 444,000 on History.

WEDNESDAY
                                                  
The Canucks continued to be the big draw these playoffs, pulling 2,340,000 to a late game against Los Angeles on CBC. If only they could have stuck around a little longer! Another 1,405,000 watched the earlier Rangers/Senators tilt.
Hockey kicked Survivor One World off the top of the Wednesday night ratings, with the Global series knocked down to 2,128,000 viewers. Rookie Blue, which returns with new episodes in late May, was rerun to 433,000. Reruns of The Cleveland Show and The Simpsons drew 165,000 and 280,000 at 10.
American Idol stayed in the competitive mix with 1,804,000 CTV viewers for a Top 7 show. A new CSI followed with 1,636,000 at 10.
CTV Two started their night off with Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (398,000). The terrible new NBC comedy Best Friends Forever managed 132,000. A repeat of Criminal Minds (685,000) followed at 9 with CTV Two ending the night with Law & Order SVU (588,000).
City stuck with The Middle (188,000), Suburgatory (289,000) and Modern Family (641,000). The second episode of ABC’s cheeky new comedy Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23 rose to 493,000, followed Revenge at 10 (495,000).
TSN had another big hockey score with their Philly/Pittsburgh tilt (1,412,000). A Jays game batted 554,000 on Sportsnet. History scared 444,000 with Swamp People and poked another 173,000 with Full Metal Jousting. The Real Housewives of Vancouver slid to 53,000 on Slice.
                                                                                 
THURSDAY
                                                                                 
The Big Bang Theory aired another repeat to 2,054,000. Two and a Half Men followed with 1,323,000. Grey’s Anatomy was next with 2,034,000, with The Mentalist pulling 1,389,000.
The American Idol results hour (1,334,000) was up again on CTV Two. America’s Top Model fell down to 225,000. A Criminal Minds repeat drew 290,000 at 10. The Vampire Diaries scared up 294,000 viewers at 7 p.m.
An NHL playoff Round One game featuring Boston and Washington drew 1,291,000 on CBC.
Global had The Exes (263,000) followed by The Office (286,000). Kiefer Sutherland’s new series Touch reached out to 1,029,000. Awake woke up 511,000.
City saw 180,000 tune in to Community. 30 Rock rolled to 279,000. Person of Interest interested 442,000 at 9, followed by the new drama Scandal (345,000).
TSN scored with two NHL playoff games: 668,000 for San Jose/St. Louis, 545,000 for Chicago/Phoenix. The Jays and Rays batted 570,000 on Sportsnet. Over at Food, 338,000 went on a Restaurant Stakeout.

FRIDAY

Philly/Pittsburgh was the biggest draw of the night on TSN, scoring 1,878,000 viewers. The afternoon World Hockey Under 18 Championships semi-finals featuring Canada and the USA drew 223,000.
The Detroit/Nashville playoff game brought 1,109,000 hockey fans to CBC.
CTV plugged in back-to-back episodes of Mike & Molly (588,000, 518,000) before moving on to Friday regulars Grimm at 9 (1,010,000) and Blue Bloods (1,030,000).
Global went with The Finder at 8 (1,062,000) followed by Harry’s Law (775,000) and fading Ringer (363,000).
CTV Two went with Nikita (157,000), CSI: New York (476,000) and Dateline (298,000).
City’s only Friday show of note was Fringe (394,000). Mantracker tracked down 105,000 at 10.
The Real Housewives of Vancouver outraged 85,000 at 9 on Slice. King continues to get crowned Fridays at 9 on Showcase (79,000) and actually does slightly better when repeated on Saturdays (93,000).

Penn Jillette & Clay Aiken try to figure out why Global buried their series
SATURDAY          

Two NHL playoff games on CBC saw Washington/Boston net 1,304,000 in the early game and Senators/Rangers score 2,300,000 at 7 p.m.
TSN scored with two NHL playoff games: late game Chicago at Phoenix (919,000) and San Jose at St. Louis (451,000).
Buried Saturday at 8 and airing six days after its NBC broadcast, a two hour Celebrity Apprentice was found by 222,000 Global viewers. The Firm managed 406,000 at 10. Saturday Night Live did 350,000 at 11:30 p.m. The Listener repeated to 561,000 at 10 p.m. on CTV.

SUNDAY

CBC is going to hate to see the Canucks go. Gone is that big Vancouver TV audience. The final game in their round one series with Los Angeles ended with 3,340,000 CBC viewers seeing the Canucks exit early.
On CTV, Once Upon a Time returned to 1,473,000 at 7. The Amazing Race roared back at 8 with 2,587,000 overnight, estimated viewers. CSI: Miami did 921,000, with Law & Order SVU subbing for GCB and managing 684,000.
Global carried Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, with 329,000 joining the party in Canada. For the second week in a row, The Good Wife (1,076,000) cracked the million mark, with rookie cop drama NYC 22 arresting 952,000 on Global at 10—good but nearly a half million drop from its premiere the week before.
An early afternoon playoff game between departing Pittsburgh and Philly netted 1,026,000 viewers for TSN. Jays batted 567,000 for a game against KC on Sportsnet.
Canada’s Got Talent slipped slightly to 573,000 on City. CTV Two had nothing.

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