So with the Royal Wedding, we all knew that Canadian networks would be salivating over the ratings of the once in a lifetime event.  Really, it was like the Olympics only with a bit more Pippa. It was one of those days that years from now we’ll ask, “Where were you when…”  What the Canadian networks want to know, is what channel specifically.

In a matter of minutes, both CBC and CTV released press releases declaring that they were the winner of the ratings war.  That’s right, apparently they both won.  Now maybe it’s because I’m not actually a journalist, but I think I’m going to need help to break this one down:

First CTV announced: “Canadians Say “I Do” to Bell Media With Canada’s Most-Watched Royal Wedding Coverage.”

Minutes later, CBC announced: “More Canadian tune in to CBC News’ Coverage of Royal Wedding Than any other network. “

Hmm.  See the confusion.

According to CTV’s release: 1.5 Million Canadians watched Bell Media’s Coverage of Ceremony. While CBC’s says that the network’s coverage of the William and Kate’s wedding ceremony attracted more than 1.7 million viewers.

If those numbers stick, it would seem that CBC is the clear winner.  So I’m confused to why CTV can say that they deserve the ratings crown?  Anyone care to explain this to me?

Fun fact: In total, 5.2 million Canadians watched William and Kate get married!

Oh network publicists, you are one with the written word and it confuses the hell out of me.


Mike Morrison


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