The 2009 / 2010 television season in Canada is now complete and BBM Nielsen Media Research reports that the top ten most watched primetime shows in Canada were produced in the United States and rebroadcast in Canada.
With the exception of Hockey Night in Canada, which ranked 19th overall, none of the top twenty most watched shows in Canada were Canadian made.
Despite funneling hundreds of millions of cable and satellite dollars and tax payer subsidies in Fee For Carriage, the Local Improvement Fund (LIPF) and the Canadian Television Fund (CTF), Canadian produced programming fails to inspire Canadian viewers.
The ratings agency found that CTV was the top rebroadcaster with seven of the ten most-watched programs in the 2009/10 season. CanWest Global captured the remaining three spots in the top 10.
"Survivor: Samoa & Heroes Vs. Villains", the CBS reality show which airs in Canada on Global was the most watched show among Canadian viewers of all ages with average audience of 2.9 million viewers followed by last year’s winner Grey Anatomy. The most-watched Canadian drama was Flashpoint which was still well below the 20th ranked NCIS: Los Angeles which drew and an average of 1.77 million viewers.
The following are the top ranked regularly scheduled programs in Canada among all viewers 2+ in the 2009/10 television season.
- Survivor: Samoa & Heroes Vs. Villains (Global) - 2,929,000
- Grey's Anatomy (CTV) - 2,899,000
- Criminal Minds (CTV) - 2,807,000
- American Idol - Performance (CTV) - 2,789,000
- American Idol - Results (CTV) - 2,686,000
- The Amazing Race 15 & 16 (CTV) - 2,529,000
- House (Global)- 2,493,000
- CSI: New York (CTV) - 2,349,000
- The Mentalist (CTV) - 2,279,000
- NCIS (Global) - 2,201,000
Rounding out the top 20 were
- Dancing With The Stars Performance (CTV)
- The Big Bang Theory (CTV)
- CSI: Miami (CTV)
- Dancing With The Stars Results (CTV)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CTV)
- Two And A Half Men (CTV)
- Desperate Housewives (CTV)
- Lie To Me (Global)
- Hockey Night In Canada (CBC)
- NCIS: Los Angeles (Global)
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