From Bill Brioux of the Canadian Press:
- CBC-TV struggles in fall ratings war against private networks
New shows, such as “Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays” and “Cover Me Canada,” are flopping. Old favourites, like “Battle of the Blades” and “Dragons’ Den,” are suddenly less dominant. Where have all the viewers gone? CBC head of scheduling Christine Wilson says the fall is always “ulcer time” for the public broadcaster, under siege from culture watchdogs on the left and funding critics on the right. Read more.
More on his blog:
- It’s “ulcer time” again this fall at CBC
Look at the numbers just from this week: Michael Tuesdays & Thursdays 178,000. InSecurity 192,000. The Debaters 162,000. More shocking may be how far some of the CBC hits have fallen. The Rick Mercer Report has a “Best of 2010” (?) repeat on this week which dragged it down to 569,000 Tuesday. Battle of the Blades Monday skidded to 686,000 Monday. Being Erica dropped down to 272,000. Read more.