Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Brioux Report: rare win for Grey's Anatomy

Grey's finale: "Help! The wreckage from Pan Am fell on me!"
Has been a short, crazy busy week, so here is an abbreviated version of The Brioux Report. Hope to have things back to their normal late Tuesday/early Wednesday release next week. (Although, with the Canadian private network upfronts next Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, that might be a challenge, too.)
Short headlines: Stanley Cup playoffs still down (barely cracking the Top-20 for the week), Grey's Anatomy and Hawaii FIVE-0 finales on top. Here’s how all it all played out across Canada in prime time among adults 2+ the week of May 14 to 20 according to overnight estimates:


All three Global offerings Monday beat CBC’s hockey score: Bones (1,725,000), the second last House (1,671,000) and the biggest draw of the night, Hawaii FIVE-0 (2,152,000)
CTV stole the DWTS performance finale from CTV Two and waltzed off with 1,652,000. They squeezed in three other season finales: Two and a Half Men out of simulcast at 7:30 (1,064,000), Mike & Molly (1,361,000) and Smash (780,000).
New York/New Jersey ground it out to 1,453,000 CBC viewers Monday.
City can’t be happy with the numbers on Canada’s Got Talent. The finale drew 459,000 at 7 p.m. (repeating to 296,000 at 10 p.m.). America’s Got Talent, featuring the debut of Howard Stern, did 863,000 over two hours at 8 p.m.
Picked clean, CTV Two had nothing.


No hockey, no nothing on CBC.
CTV had the DWTS results show, with 1,651,000 seeing Maria Menounos get the boot. The finale of the cancelled drama Unforgettable drew 962,000.
Back-to-back Glee at Global drew 1,339,000 and 1,559,000. Canada Sings returned to 608,000.
TSN scored with L.A./Phoenix (1,135,000).
More America’s Got Talent on City fetched 951,000. Fashion Star twinkled to 228,000 on CTV Two.
Deadliest Catch landed 403,000 viewers on Discovery.

How the hell did Josh Ledet lose American Idol?
American Idol narrowed it down to the Top 3 contestants before 2,026,000 CTV viewers. Law & Order SVU followed with 1,218,000 at 10.
New York/New Jersey faced off before 1,502,000 overnight, estimated viewers Wednesday night on CBC. Is it just too hot out for hockey?
Global had reruns of NCIS (846,000) then two hours of NCIS Los Angeles (806,000).
CTV Two finally had a winner with the two-hour season finale of Criminal Minds (1,375,000).
City stuck with The Middle (333,000), Suburgatory (318,000) and Modern Family (799,000). Don’t Trust the B—in Apartment 23 drew 614,000 followed Revenge at 10 (451,000).
The Jays and Yankees batted 716,000 on Sportsnet. History scared 414,000 with Swamp People. The Real Housewives of Vancouver attracted 120,000 at 10 p.m. on Slice. TSN netted 115,000 for a Lakers/Oklahoma NBA playoff game.
No more Big Bang Theory for the season but CTV had three big season finales: Cancelled drama Missing ended with 1,622,000. Grey’s Anatomy went out strong with 2,671,000. The Mentalist finished with 2,128,000.
The American Idol results hour (1,321,000) was a shocker on CTV Two. America’s Top Model stumbled to 198,000. The season finale of Nikita drew just 58,000 at 10.
Phoenix/Los Angeles scored 1,049,000 on TSN.
Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch reached out to 658,000 on Global. Awake woke up 319,000.
City saw 261,000 tune in to Community. 30 Rock slid to 278,000. The Person of Interest finale interested 988,000 at 9, followed by Scandal (326,000).
No hockey no viewers on CBC.
The Jays and Yankees batted a robust 827,000 on Sportsnet. House of Bryan was open to 233,000 on HGTV.


Undercover Boss drew 778,000 on CTV, followed by the season finale of Grimm at 9 (995,000) and a repeat of Blue Bloods (1,271,000).
No hockey on CBC.
The Finder repeated to 678,000 on Global at 8. Harry’s Law replayed to 281,000, and specialty call up Lost Girl did 205,000.
CTV Two had the season finale of Shark Tank (463,000) plus repeats of CSI: New York (534,000) and Dateline (356,000).
City opened with Who Do You Think You Are (415,000). Mantracker tracked down 146,000 at 10.
King continues to get crowned Fridays at 9 on Showcase (87,000).


These early Saturday afternoon Stanley Cup playoff games are killing CBC. Rangers/Devils drew 648,000 at 1 p.m.
The season finale of Saturday Night Live, featuring Mick Jagger, soared to 656,000 at 11:30 p.m.

Another early afternoon weekend hockey game, this time between L.A. and Phoenix, drew 879,000 on CBC.
The season finale of The Simpsons drew 1,044,000 on Global. Bob’s Burgers (566,000), Family Guy (718,000) followed.
With CTV’s regular Sunday schedule done for the season, the network made do with the Billboard Music Awards (1,127,000).
Jays and Mets batted 605,000 on Sportsnet in an afternoon game. Shawwinigan vs. London netted 223,000 on Sportsnet’s Memorial Cup coverage. Bravo saw 163,000 turn up for The Borgias.

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