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TV Top 10: What Canadians Watched in 2015

– Canadians love football, hockey, and baseball…but curling too –
– Adele and Justin Bieber attract viewers –
– Canada’s most-watched TV show is Canadian –
– Six new series are among most-watched dramas –

TORONTO (December 21, 2015) – As 2015 comes to a close, 12-month data from Numeris highlights what Canadians have been watching on television over the past calendar year. Once again, live television events are the most-watched, led by sports championships and awards broadcasts. Among sports tournament broadcasts, we love American and Canadian football, junior and pro hockey, baseball and soccer – but curling and golf too. For regularly scheduled programming, while we wholeheartedly embrace competition series, we prefer dramas over comedies. On specialty, Justin Bieber roasts, red carpet pre-shows, and all things zombie rank high, along with fantasy and historical dramas (and yet more competition series). Meanwhile, the television program Canadians watch the most is an original production showcasing our country.

Below is a closer look at the most-watched TV broadcasts and programs Canadians watched in 2015:

Canada’s Most-Watched Entertainment Television Events

Rank Broadcast Network Date Audience
1 THE 87th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® CTV 2/22/2015 5.53 million
2 THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® CTV 1/11/2015 3.30 million
3 THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® City 2/08/2015 2.87 million
4 THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Global 2/15/2015 2.68 million
5 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS® CTV 11/22/2015 2.17 million
6 ADELE LIVE IN LONDON CTV 11/25/2015 2.14 million
7 67th EMMY® AWARDS CTV 9/20/2015 1.85 million
8 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Global 1/07/2015 1.45 million
9 THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (CAN) CTV 3/15/2015 1.43 million
10 THE 2015 BILLBOARD AWARDS CTV 5/17/2015 1.27 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Sports Tournament Broadcasts

League/Tournament Broadcast Network Date Audience
NFL SUPER BOWL XLIX CTV 2/1/2015 8.26 million
IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal, Canada vs. Russia TSN 1/5/2015 5.95 million
MLB ALCS Game 6, Toronto vs. Kansas City Sportsnet 10/23/2015 5.08 million
CFL 103rd GREY CUP TSN 11/29/2015 4.06 million
NHL Playoffs Round 1, Montreal vs. Ottawa CBC 4/26/2015 3.77 million
FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal, England vs. Canada CTV 6/27/2015 2.97 million
Pan Am Games Opening Ceremonies CBC 7/10/2015 1.66 million
IIHF World Championship Gold Medal, Canada vs. Russia TSN 5/17/2015 1.35 million
Curling – Brier Final TSN 3/8/2015 1.25 million
Golf – Masters Final Global 4/12/2015 1.19 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Television Programs

Rank Program Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (CAN) CTV 2.54 million
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CTV 2.48 million
3 SURVIVOR Global 2.22 million
4 QUANTICO (NEW) CTV 2.17 million
5 NCIS Global 2.01 million
6 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CTV 1.93 million
7 CSI: CYBER (NEW) CTV 1.924 million
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (NEW) Global 1.923 million
9 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (NEW) CTV 1.921 million
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CTV 1.88 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Dramas

Rank Program Network Audience
1 QUANTICO (NEW) CTV 2.17 million
2 NCIS Global 2.01 million
3 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CTV 1.93 million
4 CSI: CYBER (NEW) CTV 1.924 million
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (NEW) Global 1.923 million
6 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (NEW) CTV 1.921 million
7 BLINDSPOT  (NEW) CTV 1.817 million
8 THE FLASH CTV 1.816 million
9 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER CTV 1.77 million
10 CODE BLACK (NEW) CTV 1.74 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Comedies

Rank Program Network Audience
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CTV 2.48 million
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CTV 1.88 million
3 THE ODD COUPLE (NEW) CTV 1.65 million
4 THE GOLDBERGS CTV 832,000
4 MIKE & MOLLY City 832,000
6 2 BROKE GIRLS City 826,000
7 MODERN FAMILY City 710,000
8 THE MCCARTHYS CTV 700,000
8 LIFE IN PIECES (NEW) City 700,000
10 THE RICK MERCER REPORT (CAN) CBC 654,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Competition Series

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (CAN) CTV 2.54 million
2 SURVIVOR Global 2.22 million
3 MASTERCHEF CTV 1.82 million
4 THE AMAZING RACE CTV 1.69 million
5 MASTERCHEF CANADA (CAN) CTV 1.66 million
6 BIG BROTHER Global 1.36 million
7 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Global 1.32 million
8 BIG BROTHER CANADA (CAN) Global 1.12 million
9 HELL’S KITCHEN City 977,000
10 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CTV 961,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Canadian Series*

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA CTV 2.54 million
2 MASTERCHEF CANADA CTV 1.66 million
3 THE BOOK OF NEGROES (NEW) CBC 1.63 million
4 ROOKIE BLUE Global 1.59 million
5 SAVING HOPE CTV 1.35 million
6 MOTIVE CTV 1.24 million
7 BIG BROTHER CANADA Global 1.12 million
8 MURDOCH MYSTERIES CBC 897,000
9 VIKINGS History 850,000
10 ASCENSION (NEW) CBC 736,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched New Series of 2015

Rank Series Network Audience
1 QUANTICO CTV 2.17 million
2 CSI: CYBER CTV 1.924 million
3 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER CTV 1.921 million
4 BLINDSPOT CTV 1.82 million
5 CODE BLACK CTV 1.74 million
6 SUPERGIRL Global 1.67 million
7 THE ODD COUPLE CTV 1.65 million
8 THE BOOK OF NEGROES (CAN) CBC 1.63 million
9 LIMITLESS Global 1.61 million
10 HEROES REBORN Global 1.23 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Entertainment Specialty Events & Pre-Shows

Rank Broadcast Network Date Audience
1 THE ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER (NEW) Comedy 3/30/2015 1.19 million
2 2015 MTV VMAs*** Much & MTV 8/30/2015 856,000
3 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (CAN) Much, MTV, M3 & MTV2 6/21/2015 405,000
4 MTV VMA PRE-SHOW Much 8/30/2015 391,000
5 THE JUSTIN BIEBER ROAST PRE-SHOW (NEW) Comedy 3/30/2015 389,000
6 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 GRAMMY AWARDS® E! 02/08/2015 306,000
7 MMVA RED CARPET (CAN) Much 6/21/2015 298,000
8 NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS YTV 3/28/2015 292,000
9 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS® E! 2/22/2015 275,000
10 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® E! 1/11/2015 219,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Specialty Series

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 1.64 million
2 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (NEW) AMC 1.14 million
3 VIKINGS (CAN) History 850,000
4 DOCTOR WHO Space 702,000
5 GOLD RUSH Discovery 695,000
6 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND History 692,000
7 BETTER CALL SAUL (NEW) AMC 684,000
8 CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (CAN) Discovery 602,000
9 HIGHWAY THRU HELL (CAN) Discovery 587,000
10 TALKING DEAD AMC 583,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Pay TV Series 

Rank Series Network Audience
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Canada 1.40 million
2 TRUE DETECTIVE HBO Canada 486,000
3 GIRL MEETS WORLD Family 319,000
4 THE NEXT STEP Family 308,000
5 LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER HBO Canada 273,000
6 BALLERS (NEW) HBO Canada 258,000
7 THE BRINK (NEW) HBO Canada 241,000
8 DISNEY K.C. UNDERCOVER Family 234,000
9 DISNEY AUSTIN & ALLY Family 225,000
10 SILICON VALLEY HBO Canada 215,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Late-Night Talk Shows

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART CTV 426,000
2 THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (NEW) CTV 407,000
3 THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT (NEW) Global 258,000
4 THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON CTV Two 215,000
5 THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART Comedy 203,000
6 THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (NEW) Comedy 195,000
7 LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS CTV 191,000
8 THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE (NEW) Comedy 100,000
9 @MIDNIGHT MUCH 93,000
10 THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN OMNI 2 71,000

 

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Jan 1 – Nov 29, 2015, Top 10 Programs based on most-regular timeslot for series defined by greatest number of telecasts

* Excluding News Programming

** Special event broadcasts includes Championship finals and special events

*** Based on 9-11:30PM daypart audiences

 

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TV Top 10: What Canadians Watched in 2015

– Canadians love football, hockey, and baseball…but curling too –
– Adele and Justin Bieber attract viewers –
– Canada’s most-watched TV show is Canadian –
– Six new series are among most-watched dramas –

TORONTO (December 21, 2015) – As 2015 comes to a close, 12-month data from Numeris highlights what Canadians have been watching on television over the past calendar year. Once again, live television events are the most-watched, led by sports championships and awards broadcasts. Among sports tournament broadcasts, we love American and Canadian football, junior and pro hockey, baseball and soccer – but curling and golf too. For regularly scheduled programming, while we wholeheartedly embrace competition series, we prefer dramas over comedies. On specialty, Justin Bieber roasts, red carpet pre-shows, and all things zombie rank high, along with fantasy and historical dramas (and yet more competition series). Meanwhile, the television program Canadians watch the most is an original production showcasing our country.

Below is a closer look at the most-watched TV broadcasts and programs Canadians watched in 2015:

Canada’s Most-Watched Entertainment Television Events

Rank Broadcast Network Date Audience
1 THE 87th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® CTV 2/22/2015 5.53 million
2 THE 72ND ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® CTV 1/11/2015 3.30 million
3 THE 57TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® City 2/08/2015 2.87 million
4 THE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL Global 2/15/2015 2.68 million
5 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS® CTV 11/22/2015 2.17 million
6 ADELE LIVE IN LONDON CTV 11/25/2015 2.14 million
7 67th EMMY® AWARDS CTV 9/20/2015 1.85 million
8 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Global 1/07/2015 1.45 million
9 THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS (CAN) CTV 3/15/2015 1.43 million
10 THE 2015 BILLBOARD AWARDS CTV 5/17/2015 1.27 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Sports Tournament Broadcasts

League/Tournament Broadcast Network Date Audience
NFL SUPER BOWL XLIX CTV 2/1/2015 8.26 million
IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal, Canada vs. Russia TSN 1/5/2015 5.95 million
MLB ALCS Game 6, Toronto vs. Kansas City Sportsnet 10/23/2015 5.08 million
CFL 103rd GREY CUP TSN 11/29/2015 4.06 million
NHL Playoffs Round 1, Montreal vs. Ottawa CBC 4/26/2015 3.77 million
FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal, England vs. Canada CTV 6/27/2015 2.97 million
Pan Am Games Opening Ceremonies CBC 7/10/2015 1.66 million
IIHF World Championship Gold Medal, Canada vs. Russia TSN 5/17/2015 1.35 million
Curling – Brier Final TSN 3/8/2015 1.25 million
Golf – Masters Final Global 4/12/2015 1.19 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Television Programs

Rank Program Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (CAN) CTV 2.54 million
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CTV 2.48 million
3 SURVIVOR Global 2.22 million
4 QUANTICO (NEW) CTV 2.17 million
5 NCIS Global 2.01 million
6 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CTV 1.93 million
7 CSI: CYBER (NEW) CTV 1.924 million
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (NEW) Global 1.923 million
9 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (NEW) CTV 1.921 million
10 TWO AND A HALF MEN CTV 1.88 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Dramas

Rank Program Network Audience
1 QUANTICO (NEW) CTV 2.17 million
2 NCIS Global 2.01 million
3 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CTV 1.93 million
4 CSI: CYBER (NEW) CTV 1.924 million
5 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (NEW) Global 1.923 million
6 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER (NEW) CTV 1.921 million
7 BLINDSPOT  (NEW) CTV 1.817 million
8 THE FLASH CTV 1.816 million
9 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER CTV 1.77 million
10 CODE BLACK (NEW) CTV 1.74 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Comedies

Rank Program Network Audience
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY CTV 2.48 million
2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CTV 1.88 million
3 THE ODD COUPLE (NEW) CTV 1.65 million
4 THE GOLDBERGS CTV 832,000
4 MIKE & MOLLY City 832,000
6 2 BROKE GIRLS City 826,000
7 MODERN FAMILY City 710,000
8 THE MCCARTHYS CTV 700,000
8 LIFE IN PIECES (NEW) City 700,000
10 THE RICK MERCER REPORT (CAN) CBC 654,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Competition Series

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (CAN) CTV 2.54 million
2 SURVIVOR Global 2.22 million
3 MASTERCHEF CTV 1.82 million
4 THE AMAZING RACE CTV 1.69 million
5 MASTERCHEF CANADA (CAN) CTV 1.66 million
6 BIG BROTHER Global 1.36 million
7 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT Global 1.32 million
8 BIG BROTHER CANADA (CAN) Global 1.12 million
9 HELL’S KITCHEN City 977,000
10 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CTV 961,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Canadian Series*

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE AMAZING RACE CANADA CTV 2.54 million
2 MASTERCHEF CANADA CTV 1.66 million
3 THE BOOK OF NEGROES (NEW) CBC 1.63 million
4 ROOKIE BLUE Global 1.59 million
5 SAVING HOPE CTV 1.35 million
6 MOTIVE CTV 1.24 million
7 BIG BROTHER CANADA Global 1.12 million
8 MURDOCH MYSTERIES CBC 897,000
9 VIKINGS History 850,000
10 ASCENSION (NEW) CBC 736,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched New Series of 2015

Rank Series Network Audience
1 QUANTICO CTV 2.17 million
2 CSI: CYBER CTV 1.924 million
3 MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER CTV 1.921 million
4 BLINDSPOT CTV 1.82 million
5 CODE BLACK CTV 1.74 million
6 SUPERGIRL Global 1.67 million
7 THE ODD COUPLE CTV 1.65 million
8 THE BOOK OF NEGROES (CAN) CBC 1.63 million
9 LIMITLESS Global 1.61 million
10 HEROES REBORN Global 1.23 million

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Entertainment Specialty Events & Pre-Shows

Rank Broadcast Network Date Audience
1 THE ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER (NEW) Comedy 3/30/2015 1.19 million
2 2015 MTV VMAs*** Much & MTV 8/30/2015 856,000
3 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (CAN) Much, MTV, M3 & MTV2 6/21/2015 405,000
4 MTV VMA PRE-SHOW Much 8/30/2015 391,000
5 THE JUSTIN BIEBER ROAST PRE-SHOW (NEW) Comedy 3/30/2015 389,000
6 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 GRAMMY AWARDS® E! 02/08/2015 306,000
7 MMVA RED CARPET (CAN) Much 6/21/2015 298,000
8 NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS YTV 3/28/2015 292,000
9 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS® E! 2/22/2015 275,000
10 LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® E! 1/11/2015 219,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Specialty Series

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 1.64 million
2 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (NEW) AMC 1.14 million
3 VIKINGS (CAN) History 850,000
4 DOCTOR WHO Space 702,000
5 GOLD RUSH Discovery 695,000
6 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND History 692,000
7 BETTER CALL SAUL (NEW) AMC 684,000
8 CANADA’S WORST DRIVER (CAN) Discovery 602,000
9 HIGHWAY THRU HELL (CAN) Discovery 587,000
10 TALKING DEAD AMC 583,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Regularly Scheduled Pay TV Series 

Rank Series Network Audience
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Canada 1.40 million
2 TRUE DETECTIVE HBO Canada 486,000
3 GIRL MEETS WORLD Family 319,000
4 THE NEXT STEP Family 308,000
5 LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER HBO Canada 273,000
6 BALLERS (NEW) HBO Canada 258,000
7 THE BRINK (NEW) HBO Canada 241,000
8 DISNEY K.C. UNDERCOVER Family 234,000
9 DISNEY AUSTIN & ALLY Family 225,000
10 SILICON VALLEY HBO Canada 215,000

 

Canada’s Most-Watched Late-Night Talk Shows

Rank Series Network Audience
1 THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART CTV 426,000
2 THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (NEW) CTV 407,000
3 THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT (NEW) Global 258,000
4 THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON CTV Two 215,000
5 THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART Comedy 203,000
6 THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH (NEW) Comedy 195,000
7 LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS CTV 191,000
8 THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE (NEW) Comedy 100,000
9 @MIDNIGHT MUCH 93,000
10 THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN OMNI 2 71,000

 

Source: Numeris (BBM Canada), Jan 1 – Nov 29, 2015, Top 10 Programs based on most-regular timeslot for series defined by greatest number of telecasts

* Excluding News Programming

** Special event broadcasts includes Championship finals and special events

*** Based on 9-11:30PM daypart audiences

 

For more information

Jim Quan

jim.quan@bellmedia.ca

Laura Heath Potter

laura.heathpotter@bellmedia.ca

About Bell Media

With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada’s most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 13,500 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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