From the Globe and Mail:
- CBC’s string of reality-show success: Public broadcaster has found ratings gold in home-grown Battle of the Blades and British imports
“When CBC’s Battle of the Blades debuted Oct. 4, nearly two million viewers tuned in to watch the novel and sometimes awkward pairings of figure skaters and hockey stars. It was second highest premier for a homegrown CBC series since Little Mosque on the Prairie, and the ratings held strong throughout the show’s seven weeks, averaging 1.7 million viewers each episode. It’s the latest in a string of reality hits for the publicly funded broadcaster, which has found past success by poaching reality concepts from Britain and selling them to Canadian audiences.” Read more.