15 Years Running: CTV Delivers Another #1 Fall Season, Featuring the Top 3 Most-Watched Programs in Canada

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As the Fall 2018 television season draws to a close, data from Numeris reveals that for the 15th fall season in a row, CTV is Canada’s most-watched network, with the most Top 10 shows with total viewers and across all key demos. Again this year, the network is home to the Top 3 most-watched shows with total viewers and in the A18-34 and A25-54 demos including THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE GOOD DOCTOR, and YOUNG SHELDON.

Leading its closest competitor by more than 20% in prime time across all key demos, CTV has eight of the Top 10 programs across all key demos and six of the Top 10 most-watched shows with total viewers. Scoring big with the young A18-34 demo, CTV has the Top 5 programs with THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE GOOD DOCTOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, YOUNG SHELDON, and STATION 19. Overall, CTV has seen primetime growth in four days of the week, including: Tuesdays (+32% A25-54), Wednesdays (+12% A25-54), Thursdays (+12% A25-54), and Saturdays (+18% A25-54).

CTV’s perennial hit THE BIG BANG THEORY continues to deliver huge audiences for its final season as the most-watched series in Canada for the ninth fall in row, and leads the Top 3 comedies along with YOUNG SHELDON and THE CONNERS. For a second straight year, THE GOOD DOCTOR is the most-watched drama while THIS IS US and GREY’S ANATOMY rank close behind in the demos.

Data from Numeris also reveals that:

  • CTV continues to lead the Thursday night lineup – more than doubling the prime time audience of any other network.
  • CTV programs with the largest growth year-over-year include fan-favourites: BLUE BLOODS (+30% A25-54) and LAW AND ORDER: SVU (+8% A25-54).
  • THE ROOKIE is one of the fall’s Top 10 programs, and one of Canada’s Top 3 new series in all key demos.
  • New to CTV, THE RESIDENT has doubled its audience over last spring and consistently wins its timeslot.
  • THIS IS US is experiencing its best season yet, growing 33% in A25-54 over last fall.
  • In its Wednesday timeslot, GREY’S ANATOMY is the night’s most-watched program among A18-34 viewers.
  • STATION 19 is now a Top 10 series, growing more than 30% over its spring debut.
  • CTV remains home to Canada’s most-watched national newscast with CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME.

Canada’s Top Programs – Fall 2018 Season:

Total Viewers (CTV has 6/10)

Rank Program P2+
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY 2.90 million
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR 2.64 million
3 YOUNG SHELDON 2.30 million
4 NEW AMSTERDAM 2.21 million
5 SURVIVOR 2.01 million
6 FBI 1.97 million
7 THE CONNERS 1.86 million
8 STATION 19 1.81 million
9 NCIS 1.78 million
10 THE ROOKIE 1.74 million

A18-34 (CTV has 8/10)

Rank Program A18-34
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY 487,000
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR 382,000
3 GREY’S ANATOMY 352,000
4 STATION 19 340,000
5 YOUNG SHELDON 336,000
6 NEW AMSTERDAM 322,000
7 THIS IS US 306,000
8 SURVIVOR 300,000
9 THE CONNERS 285,000
10 THE ROOKIE 281,000

A18-49 (CTV has 8/10)

Rank Program A18-49
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY 1.1 million
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR 910,000
3 SURVIVOR 825,000
4 YOUNG SHELDON 814,000
5 THIS IS US 784,000
6 GREY’S ANATOMY 780,000
7 NEW AMSTERDAM 755,000
8 THE CONNERS 753,000
9 STATION 19 747,000
10 THE ROOKIE 629,000

A25-54 (CTV has 8/10)

Rank Program A25-54
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY 1.2 million
2 THE GOOD DOCTOR 962,000
3 YOUNG SHELDON 885,000
4 SURVIVOR 869,000
5 THIS IS US 851,000
6 THE CONNERS 840,000
7 NEW AMSTERDAM 795,000
8 GREY’S ANATOMY 773,000
9 STATION 19 736,000
10 THE ROOKIE 640,000

Source: Numeris, Fall 2018 (Sept. 24 – Dec. 16, 2018). Mon-Sun 7-11p. Preliminary data subject to change, with playback up to Dec. 17, 2018.

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