As 2012 comes to an end, full-year data from BBM Canada provides a snapshot of what Canadians were watching on television this calendar year.

The Super Bowl, The 84th Annual Academy Awards and the 100th Grey Cup are the most-watched television events of 2012 in Canada, BBM data confirms.

Additional live television programming like the IIHF World Junior Championship, The Grammy Awards, and American idol were also of major interest.

Comedies and competition series like The Amazing Race and Survivor continued to attract big audiences. Continue reading »

Survivor continues to be a force to reckoned with. After 24 seasons of every imaginable twist and turn – and some no one could have predicted – the legendary franchise is unstoppable. This season’s edition on Global attracted more than 2.1 million viewers (Ind. 2+) with a two-hour grand finale that featured two immunity challenges and plenty of “backroom deals”, followed by a one hour, live reunion show. The impact of last night’s dramatic finish was felt in all four key metered markets, where Survivor: One World pushed Global to the top.



  • Survivor pulls in 970,000 viewers (A18-49)
  • Surges past CTV’s series finale of Desperate Housewives by 56% (A18-49) and by 32% (Ind. 2+)
  • Survivor finale reached a total of 5.4 million viewers (Ind. 2+) over the three hour finale and reunion


Host, Jeff Probst, will have a busy fall this year. First, he’ll launch The Jeff Probst Show, a one-hour talk show that will cover topics ranging from relationships and family dynamics to newsmakers of the day, families and individuals facing challenges. Its premiere date will be announced in a few weeks.


Shortly after that premiere, Probst will return as the amiable host of Survivor: Philippines, the franchise’s 25th season in which there will be three returning players, each of whom was medically evacuated in a previous season. Each returning player will join one of three tribes.

Survivor has been given the green light for two more seasons.

The long-running reality series will continue on into the 2012-13 TV season with word today CBS has renewed the show.

“I am thrilled to continue working on the longest-running reality competition show with the world’s greatest adventure crew for two more seasons,” host Jeff Probst said in a statement. 

“We are so thankful for the supportive fans who remain with us every season, and we promise to deliver another year of quality television.”

The 25th and 26th season of the show will premiere in late 2012.

The show is currently screening Wednesdays on Global.

Source: Digital Spy

Survivor host Jeff Probst has scored himself his own daytime talkshow on CBS in the US.

Probst has signed a deal with the network to front a one-hour talkshow that will kick-off in the fall of 2012.

“I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” Probst said in a written statement. 

“As I continue with Survivor, I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”

Source: Digital Spy

CTV revealed a summer schedule today starring this summer’s most buzzed-about new reality series.

The sizzling line-up of must-see reality TV features Mark Burnett’s new extreme competition/adventure series EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE (June 21) hosted by Canada’s Dave Salmoni; the steamy dating series LOVE IN THE WILD (June 1) from the producers of SURVIVOR and THE APPRENTICE; and Jerry Bruckheimer’s no-holds-barred, interrogation thriller TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (July 28).

Additionally, CTV introduces a new, end-of-weekend comedy lineup on Sunday nights with a hilarious two-hour comedy block beginning June 19. The hilarity kicks off with episodes of THE BIG BANG THEORY (June 5), leading into Season 2 of DAN FOR MAYOR (June 5) at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET. Then, the return of all-new episodes of HOT IN CLEVELAND (June 19), lead into Season 2 of HICCUPS at 8 and 8:30 p.m. HICCUPS airs on Mondays beginning May 30 for three weeks, before settling into its regular Sunday night timeslot on June 19.

Meanwhile, CTV’s hit series FLASHPOINT (June 17) reloads for an adrenaline-filled fourth season in simulcast with CBS following a six-week run of encore episodes beginning May 6. And who will be crowned Canada’s next favourite dancer? Fall fave and now a summer must-watch, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (June 20) kicks off its fourth season. As well, the critically-acclaimed original Bravo! series THE BORGIAS (June 21) makes its Network Television Premiere on CTV in HD.          




All new series and new episodes of returning series with the exception of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (U.S.) will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at following the television broadcast.

CTV’s Summer Schedule unfolds as follows beginning June 19. For complete series descriptions and timeslots, see “Addendum” below (all times ET; visit to confirm local broadcast times):




7:30 p.m. – DAN FOR MAYOR **NEW SEASON**


8:30 p.m. – HICCUPS **NEW SEASON**

9 p.m. – LAW & ORDER: CI **NEW SEASON **

10 p.m. – CSI: MIAMI




10 p.m. – LAW & ORDER: LA **NEW EPISODES**



















9 p.m. – CSI: NEW YORK

10 p.m. – BLUE BLOODS



10 p.m. – COMEDY NOW! **NEW SEASON**



New and returning summer series unfold chronologically as follows (visit to confirm local broadcast times):




LOVE IN THE WILD – Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 1

Putting relationships to the ultimate test, LOVE IN THE WILD pairs 10 single men with 10 single women, for a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. Hosted by Darren McMullen (Australian MINUTE TO WIN IT), viewers meet 20 singles who have tried it all – speed-dating, blind-dating, Internet dating –  and now, they head deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to see if they can find that special someone they’ve been looking for. Each episode pairs two of the singles for an exhilarating challenge that will push their bodies and emotions to the limit. From paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, to navigating bat-infested caves, couples must compete and unite to be the last ones standing – even if it means hanging 200 feet above one of the country’s most fearsome waterfalls. Love is an adventure, after all, and LOVE IN THE WILD puts relationships to the ultimate test.


EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE – Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 21

Adventurer, zoologist and all-around risk taker, Sarnia, Ontario native Dave Salmoni (WORLD’S DEADLIEST TOWNS) hosts Mark Burnett’s newest reality series. Shot in the Kingdom of Morocco and featuring high adventure and human drama reminiscent of Burnett’s ECO-CHALLENGE, EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE showcases 13 teams of three, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. As a new stage of the expedition is revealed to the teams each week, will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning and challenging legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.


THE BORGIAS – Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 21

After burning up the screen on Bravo! this spring, THE BORGIAS, which was called an “absolutely captivating drama”  by The Globe and Mail, makes its world broadcast premiere on CTV. From Academy Award®-winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), this international co-production (Canada/Hungary/Ireland) is the compelling and unflinching saga of one of the most remarkable and notorious families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance and based on real characters and events, THE BORGIAS chronicles the corrupt rise and ruthless consolidation of power by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons, Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia), who stops at nothing to control the papal throne and feed his insatiable ambition for influence and wealth for himself and his family. Starring alongside Irons are Canadians Colm Feore (FLASHPOINT, 24) as his arch nemesis, Cardinal Della Rovere, and breakout star François Arnaud (J’ai tué ma mère) as Rodrigo’s ruthless son Cesare.


TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN – Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 28

The new heart-stopping competition series, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, pits everyday people against seasoned professionals as they play cat and mouse in their attempt to steal away the big $100,000 prize. From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the series combines all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales trying to outwit their professional counterparts. The six-episode unscripted series will take reality television to a whole new level of exhilaration.




LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT – Premieres Sunday May 15 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON

* Episode two airs Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET

* Episode three airs Sunday May 29 at 8 p.m. ET

* Moves to regular Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 5

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns for its final farewell with eight all-new episodes. Shot entirely in and around New York City, the third installment of the LAW & ORDER franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches by the Major Case Squad. The final season features the long-anticipated return of Detectives Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) plus the addition of Emmy® Award-winning actress Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) who will portray Dr. Paula Severin, a brilliant psychologist charged with conducting mandatory sessions with Detective Goren to unravel his tortured past. A tribute to its passionate fans, the show will take viewers to new heights with intrigue and crime-solving as never before.


HICCUPS – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on May 30, June 6 and 13 – NEW SEASON

* Moves to regular Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET timeslot beginning June 19

In Season 2 of HICCUPS, Nancy Robertson returns as the hot-headed children’s author Millie Upton, who continues to give her “life coach” Stan Dirko (Brent Butt) a run for his (lack of) money. In the season premiere, a trip to Hollywood is in order for Millie, Stan and Taylor to investigate some options for a Grumpaloo movie. Back at the Haddison House, Joyce uses Anna and Crystal as guinea pigs to test homemade skin care products.


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Special two-hour premiere Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON

* Moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 1 and Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning June 2

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back for an eighth season this summer. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series challenges dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom as they compete to be become America’s Favorite Dancer. Auditions this season feature resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Robin Antin, Lil C, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath and Jason Gilkison.


DAN FOR MAYOR – Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning June 5 – NEW SEASON

Dan Phillips (Fred Ewanuick) is now  almost on purpose  the Mayor of Wessex. He ran on a whim and was elected by default. Dan’s first term has started and he is unprepared, unqualified and in way over his head! In the second season premiere, to prove that he’s in charge, Dan takes it upon himself to name the new ice rink after a local hockey legend, only to find out it has already been named after a Wessex philanthropist on her deathbed.  Meanwhile, Claire is back for good and is starting her own PR company.  It’s just too bad that Dan can’t hire her to improve his own PR.


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 20 and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 5 – NEW SEASON

This summer Canada’s favourite Gemini® Award-winning dance show returns for a sizzling Season 4, heating up CTV’s sensational summer programming line-up. Gemini® Award-winning host Leah Miller is back and is joined by returning judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. Dance hopefuls auditioned in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Saint John, NB, during November and December 2010, all vying for a boarding pass to advance to the next round of competition. Over 160 dancers advanced to Finals Week in Toronto, where they will work with some of Canada’s top choreographers to earn a spot in the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20. The dancers will then work in partners and select a different dance style each week, ranging from hip-hop, broadway and dance hall, to ballroom, tango, contemporary and jazz, in the hopes gaining the public’s votes. Two competitors will be eliminated each week during the results shows.


HOT IN CLEVELAND – Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 19 – NEW EPISODES

New episodes from Season 2 of Betty White’s HOT IN CLEVELAND returns with more adventures for the dynamic trio of best friends and their house’s rather opinionated caretaker. With Valerie Bertinelli starring as Melanie, Jane Leeves as Joy, Wendie Malick as Victoria and Betty White as Elka, together, these four women create comedic magic that runs from banter to farce to physical comedy, with none of them missing a beat.


FLASHPOINT – Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 17 – NEW SEASON

* Encore episodes return Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning May 6

The Gemini Award®-winning series and nail-biting cop drama FLASHPOINT returns this summer following a shocking cliff-hanger finale where Ed Lane’s life hangs in the balance after a shooting and an elite military psychologist, played by renowned actor Victor Garber, is attempting to split up Team One. The series stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson, Michael Cram and Sergio Di Zio.


COMEDY NOW! – Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 4 – NEW SEASON

Entering its 13th season, this hilarious, all-Canadian, star-making stand-up series has won awards all over North America. A TV calling card for comedic success, COMEDY NOW! has featured some of Canada’s most successful comedians, including Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford and Russell Peters. Starring in the all-new season are Jeff McEnery, Roman Danylo, Nathan Macintosh, Darrin Rose, Christina Walkinshaw, Eddie Della Sieppe, Graham Chittenden, Perry Perlmutar, Nile Séguin, and Lars Callieou.

Original Survivor winner Richard Hatch has begun his nine month prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation.

The reality TV personality, who was victorious in the very first season of Survivor, was convicted in 2006 for tax evasion referring to the $1m he won on the reality series.

Hatch spent three years in prison for the crime and this year was ordered back to prison for failing to file his 2001 tax return.

Watch checked himself into a New York detention centre on Friday and is due for release on December 12 this year.


Ever since we saw the master play by Ralph in sending Russell to Redemption Island, it’s all gone pear shaped for his alliance at Zapatera. While his girls Stephanie and Krista tried to reinforce the need for strength in the game up until the merge, Ralph has been adamant that those against him had to go.

However, at Tribal Council after 3 losses, Jeff asked David to complete the phrase “Excuses are for…” to which he replied “Losers”. Ralph then responded with a pathetic “I’m a loser then”.  

When the tribe got into it and started talking about how Omatepe seem to be quite unified, Jeff wanted to know if it was important to Ralph for the group to be cohesive.  As clueless as it’s becoming more and more obvious that he is, Ralph said he didn’t know what cohesive meant.

Jeff then explained it in a way he might understand. He asked if he had a group of guys working for him, would he prefer they got a long or were strong.  Ralph said he’d prefer strength because if they got along then they’d be yaking the whole time, something that would affect his payroll.

Steve added some valuable insight, saying that he thought football coaches would disagree.  Getting along is hugely important in team competitions.  Unfortunately for Ralph, he’s completely ignored the upcoming merge and when it happens, it will most likely come as a huge surprise to him that he’s going to get his ass handed to him.

Survivor has been given the greenlight to keep going for another two years.

American network CBS confirmed that the granddaddy of reality shows will return for a 23rd and 24th seasons during the 2011-2012 season.

“Survivor is a programme franchise that continues to stand the test of time,” said Jennifer Bresnan, the network’s vice president of alternative programming. 

“Each season delivers new faces, exotic places, the ultimate social experiment combined with game play, and one of the most engaged audiences anywhere on primetime television.”

Jeff Probst will continue on as host and executive producer.

Source: Digital Spy

Here are the Top 10 programs for the week of December 6 – December 12 according to BBM

1) The Amazing Race (CTV)

2) C.S.I. (CTV)

3) Big Bang Theory (CTV)

4) The Mentalist (CTV)

5) Glee (Global)

6) Criminal Minds (CTV)

7) Survivor: Nicaragua (Global)

8 ) Jersey Ceremony (CBC)

9) Shit My Dad Says (CTV)

10) Desperate Housewives (CTV)

Again, CTV dominates the week with 7/10 top shows. The closest Canadian produced show to crack the top 30 was CTV National News which came in at number 15.

Come on Canadian viewers! Let’s support our home grown productions and kick the American shows out of the top spot.

Despite being the 21st season of Survivor, the producers have still managed to find new elements in how they could revitalize the show and introduce some new twists to the game.

The chick with an prosthetic leg, Kelly Bruno on the 30 and under tribe La Flor, and on the older tribe, Espada, former NFL coach and winner of two Super Bowls, Jimmy Johnson.  And the new coveted necklace, The Medallion of Power, offering an advantage to the tribe who holds it.

I’m not sure what to make of the Old vs Young theme this time around.  I guess if you’re an older guy, there’ll be less opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the younger, bikini clad babes of Survivor Nicaragua.  Perhaps what makes up for that is being given a pep talk by one of Super Bowls greatest coaches.

Of all the characters who were annoying, Wendy was definitely the weirdest.  The minute they played the interview with her and she told us that her husband thought she’d be the first to go home you just knew she was a contender.  

The other contender to have drawn some mocking is Judson Birza who has affectionately been renamed by his tribemates as Fabio.  Charming.

La Flor obtain the Medallion of Power thanks to Brenda Lowe.  When offered flint and fishing gear in exchange for it they pass it up and Espada take ownership of it.  When it comes time to play it though, the oldies decide that they want to make a statement and pass up an advantage at the immunity challenge.  It backfires and they lose.  

At Tribal, Wendy finally decides to blab and blab and blab about why she should stay.  Begging aint a good look and her torch is extinguished.