From a media release:
SHAW MEDIA SPECIALTY CHANNELS REIGN OVER THE COMPETITION
- Home of Canada’s top 5 specialty entertainment programs of the broadcast year including VIKINGS
- Shaw Media owns dominant share of top 10/20 ranked specialty channels
Shaw Media’s specialty channels are experiencing a record season, outperforming the competition in multiple demos and dominating the country’s television landscape. With an industry leading growth of 9% (vs Fall 2012**), Shaw Media owns four of the Top 10 and eight of the Top 20 specialty channels and has a complete lock on the top five specialty entertainment programs. In addition, National Geographic Canada, Slice™, Food Network Canada and Action, each achieved all-time audience highs in their best seasons ever (A25-54*).
Shaw Media owned the three biggest premieres of the year, with viewers flocking to HISTORY for The Bible and VIKINGS, and to Slice™ for Big Brother Canada. The series dominate the top five entertainment specialty programs for the year across Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54****. VIKINGS currently reigns as the number one specialty drama of the broadcast year and Big Brother Canada comes in as the number one reality series of the year across specialty****.
*–Source: BBM Canada Meter data, Total Canada, 12/31/12 – 4/21/13 (some data unconfirmed)
**–Source: All data is based on English Specialty stations, Total Canada audiences, M-Su 2a-2a, BBM Canada PPM Data. Dates = Spr’12 (Jan2-May27/12), Fall’12 (Aug27-Dec30/12), Spr’13 (Dec31/12-Apr22/13)
***–Source: BBM Canada, PPM data 4/15/13
**** Source: BBM Canada PPM data, 8/27/12-4/21/13
From a media release:
BIG BROTHER CANADA BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE
- Epic Season Finale Was Most Watched Series of The Night Across All Specialty
- Big Brother Canada Is Canada’s Biggest Reality Series This Year
Since its debut on February 27th, Big Brother Canada has been crushing records on SliceTM and dominating the ratings against the competition. It has claimed top spot as Canada’s biggest reality series this year.* Closing out the first season, last night’s shocking two-hour finale rocked the country and drew in an audience of 657 (V2+) and 368 ( A25-54) ranking as the number one most watched specialty series of the night.**
In last night’s jaw-dropping finale Jillian MacLaughlin was named winner of Big Brother Canada in a controversial vote of four to three against fellow houseguest Gary Levy. It was a finale of epic proportions, capping off what has been an incredible first season. On the nights that it airs, Big Brother Canada consistently claims top spot over all entertainment specialty channels (A25-54, W25-54, W18-49).** The series sits proudly as the number one specialty series of the season amongst the coveted female demographic (W25-54 and W18-49) and one of the top five specialty series amongst adults 25-54 and 18-49.**
Hear more from the houseguests during Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Big Brother Canada Reunion Special airing Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm ET/PT. While this season may have ended another is just about to begin. This summer Big Brother 15 introduces a new batch of houseguests all starting June 26 on Global.
*BBM Canada PPM Data, 8/27/12 – 4/28/13, Total Canada, – A25-54 / W25-54
**BBM Canada PPM Data, 2/27/13 – 5/3/13, Total Canada, Viewers 2+ unless otherwise indicated
From BBM Canada:
Top programs – Total Canada
#5 Juno Awards – 1.908 million
#22 Murdoch Mysteries – 1.099 million
From Dave Golder at SFX:
Game Of Thrones & Continuum Ratings News
Meanwhile, in Canada, the Lost Girl finale picked up 269,00 viewers on Showcase while a week later the Continuum season premiere did better with 375,000 in the same timeslot (about a 40% increases from Lost Girl‘s finale). Both shows are down from their previous seasons but still hugely successful for Showcase. Read more.
From a media release:
CBC-TV IS HOME TO THE TOP TWO CANADIAN SERIES, DRAGONS’ DEN AND MURDOCH MYSTERIES, THIS WINTER
CBC is home to the two top-rated Canadian series’ this winter, with the critically-acclaimed MURDOCH MYSTERIES ending its sixth season as Canada’s number one drama and DRAGONS’ DEN continuing to hold its spot as the highest-rated Canadian unscripted program on television. Each week, over 1.2 million Canadians tune -in to the sixth season of MURDOCH MYSTERIES making it CBC’s most watched scripted program.
The winter, the crime-drama earned a top-spot as the second highest rated program, following DRAGONS’ DEN of all Canadian entertainment series. Garnering growing audience numbers and boasting enthusiastic and engaged fan-bases,
MURDOCH MYSTERIES and DRAGONS DEN return to CBC-TV in the fall 2013 and winter 2014 seasons.
MURDOCH MYSTERIES reached a program milestone on CBC-TV, as the homegrown series gained all-time highs in audience ratings. The season six premiere episode debuted to series high numbers with an audience of over 1.3 million viewers. On an average week, 2.2 million Canadians tuned in to CBC-TV to catch the drama and over the course of the season, one in five Canadians was tuned in to MURDOCH MYSTERIES.
Each week, the series held steady with strong viewer numbers, boasting increased audience growth which continued throughout the season. The ongoing success has earned the period crime-drama a seventh season on CBC next winter, with an extended 18 episode run.