The Big Bang Theory

As 2011 comes to a close, full-year data from BBM Canada provides a snapshot of what Canadians were watching on television over the past 12 months, and Canada’s national pastime ranks at the top.

THE STANLEY CUP playoffs, along with last year’s World Juniors tournament, are among the most-watched television broadcasts of 2011 in Canada.

Additional live sporting events, like the SUPER BOWL and the GREY CUP, were also of major interest to Canadian viewers.

TV comedy continues to attract more and more viewers in Canada, with TWO AND A HALF MEN, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and THE ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN attracting some of the biggest audiences of the year.

Meanwhile, the 2011 Federal Election and the Royal Wedding were some of the most-watched days of the year among all English viewers.


Canada’s Top 10 Most-Watched Days in 2011

1. May 2, 2011 – 2011 Federal Election 25,117,000

2. November 27, 2011 – Grey Cup Sunday 24,901,000

3. April 26, 2011 – Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Chicago @ Vancouver (Game 7) / Boston @ Montreal (Game 6) 24,854,000

4. June 15, 2011 – Stanley Cup Finals – Game 7 24,824,000

5. June 13, 2011 – Stanley Cup Finals – Game 6 24,814,000

6. November 20, – 2011 CFL East & West Finals, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE 24,800,000

7. April 29, 2011 – Royal Wedding 24,763,000

8. May 23, 2011 – Season Finales, OPRAH’s final episodes, Hockey 24,727,000

9. November 13, 2011 – CFL Semifinals, Sunday Night TV 24,722,000

10. December 4, 2011 – Sports, Sunday Night TV 24,706,000


Canada’s Top 10 Television Broadcasts of 2011

1. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 7: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/15/2011 8,641,000

2. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 6: Vancouver @ Boston CBC 6/13/2011 6,687,000

3. SUPER BOWL XLV – Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay CTV 2/6/2011 6,528,000

4. THE 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® CTV 2/27/2011 6,283,000

5. 2011 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – Gold Medal Final, Canada vs. Russia TSN 1/5/2011 6,083,000

6. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 5: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/10/2011 6,061,000

7. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 2: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/4/2011 5,626,000

8. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 1: Boston @ Vancouver CBC 6/1/2011 5,506,000

9. STANLEY CUP FINAL– Game 3: Vancouver @ Boston CBC 6/6/2011 5,433,000

10. TWO AND A HALF MEN – Season Premiere CTV 9/19/2011 5,324,000


Canada’s Top 10 Television Programs of 2011


2. AMERICAN IDOL CTV 2,844,000

3. GREY’S ANATOMY CTV 2,728,000

4. THE AMAZING RACE 18 & 19 CTV 2,637,000


6. $#*! MY DAD SAYS CTV 2,316,000

7. DANCING WITH THE STARS 12 & 13 CTV 2,147,000

8. C.S.I. CTV 1,975,000

9. THE MENTALIST CTV 1,972,000

10. HOUSE GLOBAL 1,959,000

8:00pm – Thursday, December 8 on CTV

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) must face his fears after being contacted by his high school tormentor (guest star Lance Barber, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA).

8:00pm – Thursday, November 17 on CTV

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) considers taking his relationship with Amy (Mayim Bialik) to the next level when Stuart (Kevin Sussman) from the comic book store asks her out on a date.

THE BIG BANG THEORY just keeps on getting bigger. Final data from BBM Canada confirms that Canada’s most-watched TV series is now averaging an incredible 4.01 million viewers each week on CTV, the biggest average audience on record for a television program in Canada.*

THE BIG BANG THEORY has actually experienced explosive audience growth of 25% this season, compared to last. Currently, the series delivers almost 1.3 million viewers more than the average audience of the next most-watched program in Canada, CTV’s CSI (2.72 million).

“The success of these comedies speaks to the strength of our hit schedule,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “The ‘CTV Effect’ can make solid comedies even stronger in Canada.”

The growth of THE BIG BANG THEORY is in step with the success of the two other Chuck Lorre comedies on CTV networks. CTV Two’s most-watched series TWO AND A HALF MEN is up 74% over last season with an average audience of 2.2 million viewers this fall, and landing in the Top 10 list of the most-watched programs in Canada for A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34. It’s timeslot companion and fellow Lorre laugher MIKE & MOLLY has jumped 65% on CTV Two on the shoulders of the break-out success of “new queen of comedy” and Emmy Award winner Melissa McCarthy. In its second season, MIKE & MOLLY is now averaging 1.3 million viewers, delivering more viewers than any comedy series on Global, Citytv or CBC, and ranking #3 on the list of most-watched programs on CTV Two.

The three series join Canada’s #1 new comedy, WHITNEY on CTV, to become the four most-watched comedy series on Canadian television for total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49.

8:00pm – Thursday, October 27 on CTV

A cute comic book artist puts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Priya’s (Aarti Mann) relationship to the test, while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) tries to scare the guys for Halloween.

8:00pm – Thursday, October 20 on CTV

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CTV’s Sunday night lineup delivered strong performances from 8-11 p.m. last night, with THE AMAZING RACE (2.56 million) winning the night in total viewers and the key adult demos to finish as the second most-watched program of the week, behind CTV’s THE BIG BANG THEORY.

Meanwhile, both DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (1.63 million) and PAN AM (1.46 million) saw double-digit increases last night, up 38% and 24% respectively with total viewers over last week.

The three programs respectively won their timeslots to become the Top 3 programs of the night on Canadian television, just one week before the critically lauded new series ONCE UPON A TIME joins the CTV Sunday night lineup on Oct. 23.

Averaging 1.9 million viewers in primetime, CTV more than tripled the average audience of Global (559,000). Meanwhile, CTV Two (785,000) was the #2 network last night, delivering more viewers than CBC (702,000) from 8-11 p.m.

CTV’s Sunday night line-up is flying high, with double-digit growth in total viewers and all key demos compared to last week’s audience:

At 8 p.m., THE AMAZING RACE, #1 for the night, grew 33% with total viewers, 40% with A18-49 (1.22 million), and 31% with A25-54 (1.17 million)

At 9 p.m., DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, #2 for the night, grew 38% with total viewers, 75% with A18-49 (673,000) and 56% with A25-54 (685,000)

At 10 p.m., PAN AM, #3 for the night, grew 24% with total viewers, 29% with A18-49 (634,000) and 17% with A25-54 (636,000). Head-to-head, PAN AM (CTV/ABC) delivered more than twice as many viewers as THE GOOD WIFE (Global; 618,000, down 15% from last week).

Starting this week, CTV’s Sunday night line opens the book on a new must-see program destination, with the premiere of ONCE UPON A TIME at 7 p.m. ET. The modern fairytale follows Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison, HOUSE), as she discovers that she may come from an alternate world and is Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, BIG LOVE) and Prince Charming’s (Josh Dallas, Thor) missing daughter.

8:00pm – Thursday, October 13 on CTV

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) get invited to a party at Wil Wheaton’s (EUREKA) house, and Howard (Simon Helberg) gets an out-of-this-world opportunity.

8:00pm – Wednesday, December 31 on CTV

With Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) help, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) finally meets a girl he can communicate with. Katie LeClerc (SWITCHED AT BIRTH) guest stars as Emily, Raj’s new girlfriend.

8:00pm – Thursday, September 29 on CTV

Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) get to know each other better, while Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) spend the weekend with Mrs. Wolowitz.