It i’s officially in Winter in Canada now and while the weather might be frightful, the year-end television ratings are anything but!

As 2011 comes to a close, BBM Canada, which keeps track of TV ratings, is providing a snapshot of what Canadians were up to over the past 12 months.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that The Stanley Cup playoffs were among the most-watched television broadcasts of 2011 in Canada. In scripted programming, 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 all raking in monster numbers.

It is interesting to see that Survivor and The Amazing Race still pull in HUGE numbers in Canada, yet we still don’t have versions to call our own.  Also of note, Shit My Dad Says, which was canceled by CBS for it’s low ratings, was the 6th highest rated program of the year!

What days were the most Canadian watching TV?  That honour goes to the 2011 Federal Election (25 million) and the Royal Wedding (24.9 million)!

Canada’s Top 10 Most-Watched Days in 2011

Date Events Reach
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

Program Network Date Audience
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

Program Network Audience
1. THE BIG BANG THEORY CTV 3,224,000
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
5. SURVIVOR: REDEMPTION ISLAND & SOUTH PACIFIC GLOBAL 2,617,000
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

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Mike Morrison

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