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    Schedule Update: CTV & CTV Two March 5 - 11

    CTV & CTV Two Primetime Schedule
    March 5 - 11

    All Times ET / PT unless otherwise noted

    Schedule subject to change

    Monday March 5
    CTV

    7:00pm etalk
    7:30pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    8:00pm The Voice (s-NBC) (new)
    10:00pm Lucifer (post-FOX) (new)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    7:30pm etalk
    8:00pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (s-CW) (new)
    9:00pm The Goldbergs (S4)
    9:30pm Living Biblically (s-CBS) (new)
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)


    Tuesday March 6
    CTV
    7:00pm etalk
    7:30pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    8:00pm The Voice (s-NBC) (new)
    9:00pm This Is Us (s-NBC) (new)
    10:00pm Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (s-ABC) (season 1 finale)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    7:30pm etalk
    8:00pm The Flash (s-CW) (new)
    9:00pm Flashpoint
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)


    Wednesday March 7
    CTV
    7:00pm etalk
    7:30pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    8:00pm The X-Files (s-FOX) (new)
    9:00pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (s-NBC) (new)
    10:00pm Designated Survivor (s-ABC) (new)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    7:30pm etalk
    8:00pm The Goldbergs (s-ABC) (new)
    8:30pm American Housewife (pre-ABC) (new)
    9:00pm Flashpoint
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)


    Thursday March 8

    CTV
    7:00pm Grey's Anatomy (pre-ABC) (new)
    8:00pm The Big Bang Theory (s-CBS) (new)
    8:30pm Young Sheldon (s-CBS) (new)
    9:00pm Criminal Minds (post-CBS 3/7) (new)
    10:00pm How to Get Away with Murder (s-ABC) (new)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    7:30pm etalk
    8:00pm Gotham (s-FOX) (new)
    9:00pm Arrow (s-CW) (new)
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)


    Friday March 9
    CTV
    7:00pm etalk
    7:30pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    8:00pm Blindspot (s-NBC) (new)
    9:00pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (s-ABC) (new)
    10:00pm Blue Bloods (s-CBS) (new)

    CTV Two

    7:00pm The Big Bang Theory (strip)
    7:30pm etalk
    8:00pm MasterChef Junior (s-FOX) (new)
    9:00pm Once Upon a Time (post-ABC) (new)
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)


    Saturday March 10
    CTV

    7:00pm W5 (new)
    8:00pm CTV Movie: Garage Sale Mystery: Murder Most Medieval (2017) (Canadian Broadcast Premiere)
    10:00pm Criminal Minds (S11)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm Saving Hope (S2)
    8:00pm Motive (S2)
    9:00pm 19-2 (S2)
    10:00pm W5 (new)


    Sunday March 11

    CTV
    7:00pm American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World (s-NBC) (new)
    10:00pm Deception (s-ABC) (series premiere)

    CTV Two
    7:00pm Corner Gas
    7:30pm Corner Gas
    8:00pm American Idol (s-ABC) (season 16 premiere)
    10:00pm The Goldbergs (strip)
    10:30pm Seinfeld (strip)
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    PROGRAMMING NOTES

    CTV will be time-shifting Lucifer for the next few weeks before settling into its regular Sunday 8:00pm timeslot on Sunday, March 25

    Next airtimes:
    Monday, March 5 at 10:00pm (post-FOX)
    Sunday, March 18 at 8:00pm (post-FOX 3/12)
    Sunday, March 18 at 9:00pm (pre-FOX 3/19)

    CTV is delaying an original episode of Lucifer almost one week, as it is pre-empted on March 11 for the three-hour American Ninja Warrior special. Instead of airing it in place of etalk and Big Bang Theory on Monday, March 12, CTV will air back-to-back episodes on March 18 with the recent episode in post-release and followed by a brand new episode one night before FOX at a special time.

    Interestingly enough, for the week of March 12, the 7:00pm hour will not be pre-empted for any primetime shows. Grey's Anatomy will be airing Thursday 8:00pm in simulcast with ABC on both March 15 and 22 with the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament (pre-empting Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon).

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    Sounds like CTV ha to many shows on their schedule. Originally last fall it was Sundays at 8:00. Why did they move it in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    Sounds like CTV ha to many shows on their schedule. Originally last fall it was Sundays at 8:00. Why did they move it in the first place?
    So here's the best way to explain CTV's scheduling of Lucifer since the fall:

    October 2017: Lucifer aired Sundays at 8:00pm in pre-release of FOX for the first four weeks (for almost the entire month of October). All because CBS was running original episodes of The Big Bang Theory on Mondays at 8:00pm (at the same time Lucifer was airing on FOX) and of course, CTV never hesitates to follow suit when it comes to giving priority to Big Bang on their schedule. CBS ran Big Bang on Monday nights while they were carrying Thursday Night Football for about six weeks through late October / early November.

    November 2017-February 2018: Lucifer moved back to Mondays at 8:00pm in simulcast with FOX. By that time, CBS moved The Big Bang Theory back to Thursdays as their rights for Thursday Night Football had come to an end. CTV of course, adapted their Thursday schedule by moving Grey's Anatomy to 7:00pm in pre-release so they can simulcast Big Bang/Young Sheldon with CBS at 8:00pm. Fast forward to mid-January, The Gifted (which followed Lucifer) wrapped up its first season run and gave way to an hour of Big Bang reruns.

    February 2018-present: Just like they did last season, CTV added The Voice to their midseason schedule. Unlike last year when Lucifer was on hiatus until May, this time it gets moved back again to Sunday. Also considering that CTV had nothing else to simulcast on Monday at 9:00pm (since The Gifted wrapped up), the best way for them to fill that slot was bring back The Voice in simulcast with NBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post


    So here's the best way to explain CTV's scheduling of Lucifer since the fall:

    October 2017: Lucifer aired Sundays at 8:00pm in pre-release of FOX for the first four weeks (for almost the entire month of October). All because CBS was running original episodes of The Big Bang Theory on Mondays at 8:00pm (at the same time Lucifer was airing on FOX) and of course, CTV never hesitates to follow suit when it comes to giving priority to Big Bang on their schedule. CBS ran Big Bang on Monday nights while they were carrying Thursday Night Football for about six weeks through late October / early November.

    November 2017-February 2018: Lucifer moved back to Mondays at 8:00pm in simulcast with FOX. By that time, CBS moved The Big Bang Theory back to Thursdays as their rights for Thursday Night Football had come to an end. CTV of course, adapted their Thursday schedule by moving Grey's Anatomy to 7:00pm in pre-release so they can simulcast Big Bang/Young Sheldon with CBS at 8:00pm. Fast forward to mid-January, The Gifted (which followed Lucifer) wrapped up its first season run and gave way to an hour of Big Bang reruns.

    February 2018-present: Just like they did last season, CTV added The Voice to their midseason schedule. Unlike last year when Lucifer was on hiatus until May, this time it gets moved back again to Sunday. Also considering that CTV had nothing else to simulcast on Monday at 9:00pm (since The Gifted wrapped up), the best way for them to fill that slot was bring back The Voice in simulcast with NBC.
    I watch Big Bang so I knew this. I just don't understand why CTV moved Lucifer from Sundays.

    It's a conflict with Murdoch Mysteries and Supergirl. Thoughone finished in a couple of weeks and the other returns in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    I watch Big Bang so I knew this. I just don't understand why CTV moved Lucifer from Sundays.
    I would assume it’s because CTV finally had room to air Lucifer on Mondays and they wanted to take advantage of the simsub opportunity. While it has done well in the ratings here in Canada regardless of what night it airs, the viewership numbers would obviously be higher when airing with the simsub.

    CTV only wound up airing it on Sundays in the first place because they did not have anything else regularly scheduled there, and in order to avoid timeslot conflicts. They initially scheduled The Indian Detective, which went on to be postponed and held off the schedule until late November, when it had a short run before the holiday season.

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    Should have left it on Sundays like it was last fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    Should have left it on Sundays like it was last fall.
    Just like we explained so many times since the forum's conception, SIMSUB (Simultaneous Substitution) for live shows and 1st run episodes is important for our canadian networks.

    That being said, CTV had no other important shows to simsub mondays at 8pm during november, december, and january. Lucifer was the obvious choice.

    If one of the 4 networks had a better show "purchased by CTV" on mondays at 9pm, maybe NBC's The Voice would have been dumped to CTV Two...
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    I guess CTV doesn't feel that Crimanl Minds needs to be simsub with CBS anymore. This network is all over the place since since the Olympics were over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    I guess CTV doesn't feel that Crimanl Minds needs to be simsub with CBS anymore. This network is all over the place since since the Olympics were over.
    CBS moved Criminal Minds from 9pm to 10pm this season, conflicting with ABC's Designated Survivor... While that ABC show was on a 2½ months break between Dec 13 and Feb 28, Criminal Minds had simsub priority. CM still scores in the Numéris Top 30 ratings, pre-release or post-release. In the past, CTV didn't hesitate to move CM to CTV Two, <strike>notably the Bieber episodes</strike> during most of season 2011-2012.
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    CTV Two? It's on Thursdays at 9:00 on CTV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    In the past, CTV didn't hesitate to move CM to CTV Two, notably the Bieber episodes...
    I don’t recall Bieber ever appearing on Criminal Minds. I think you’re referring to CSI, which on a few occasions was moved to CTV Two only because the content was not appropriate to air at 7:00pm in pre-release. CTV had The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy in simulcast (the latter of which used to air at 9:00pm) so they chose to pre-release CSI provided it was suitable to do so.

    Throughout nearly the show’s entire run so far, Criminal Minds has been a regular show on CTV’s schedule. The only time it was moved to CTV Two was back in the fall 2011 season when CTV had 90 minute episodes of The X Factor that ran into the same Wednesday timeslot as Criminal Minds. In the following year, CTV moved it to Tuesday nights in pre-release to avoid any conflicts.

    Criminal Minds is only airing on Thursdays until The X-Files wraps up its run later this month, then it will reclaim its Wednesday 8:00pm timeslot from the fall.

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    I like it on at eight or ten this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    I like it on at eight or ten this season.
    Fox is wrapping up the 10-weeks seasons of "X-Files" and "9-1-1" march 21, Empire and Star are coming back the following wednesday, march 28, both of which have a home on canadian Netflix the next day, meaning Criminal Minds can reclaim the 8pm slot, until its season finale scheduled for April 25. Looks like there's no ABC wednesday basketball games this year potentially pre-empting Designated Survivor until mid-may, for a total of 22 episodes.

    CBS's Code Black S3 is taking over the wed 10pm slot on CBS starting may 2nd. Season 2 of that show (fall 2016) was dumped to CTV Two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Fox is wrapping up the 10-weeks seasons of "X-Files" and "9-1-1" march 21, Empire and Star are coming back the following wednesday, march 28, both of which have a home on canadian Netflix the next day, meaning Criminal Minds can reclaim the 8pm slot, until its season finale scheduled for April 25.
    Star is available for streaming on Netflix. No longer the case for Empire, especially since the rights to the current season were picked up by independent stations including CHCH.

    By the way, NBC is pre-empting Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in March 28 for a special two-hour episode of The Voice recapping the best of the blind auditions and battles. As far as I know, CTV usually skips these episodes so if that’s the case, they should get to airing Criminal Minds that evening.

    Looking ahead at the listings, a new episode of Criminal Minds is scheduled again for next Thursday at 9:00pm in post-release one night after CBS. For the following week, they have an episode scheduled for Tuesday 9:00pm on March 20 (with This Is Us wrapped up). Some listings sites have a new episode, which would make it in pre-release one night before CBS while others have a rerun from previous seasons. We’ll wait and see what is listed on CTV’s website when they release the schedule listings for that week.

    They don’t have room on Wednesday with the finale of The X-Files along with new episodes of SVU and Designated Survivor. Plus, there’s no room on Thursday with the two-hour series premiere of Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19. Should they decide to pre-empt Criminal Minds for one week, perhaps they’ll air back-to-back new episodes on the 28th, in the same way like they’re doing with Lucifer on the 18th (previous episode in post-release followed by new episode in pre-release).

    Quote Originally Posted by InMontreal View Post
    Looks like there's no ABC wednesday basketball games this year potentially pre-empting Designated Survivor until mid-may, for a total of 22 episodes.

    Since when has ABC ever shown basketball games on Wednesday nights during the regular season? As far as I know, it’s only on Saturdays.

    On an additional note:
    By the middle of next week, we will get an idea of how CTV will program their lineup on Tuesday, March 27, which marks the return of sitcom Roseanne with a one-hour premiere episode at 8:00pm. On the same night, there’s also a new episode of The Voice in the same timeslot. Meanwhile, over on CTV Two, The Flash will be in reruns and they have the premiere of the ABC sitcom Splitting Up Together at 9:30pm, following CBS sitcom Living Biblically transplanted from Monday (with two hours of American Idol having taken over).

    And then there’s Thursday at 10:00pm which will serve as filler for four weeks (starting on March 29) until April 26 when season 3 of Quantico premieres. I dread the thought of CTV using that slot for more Big Bang reruns though I would not be surprised. Maybe they can fill that airtime for all those shelved episodes of Shark Tank (second episode from October 1, two episodes from January 14 and 21, season finale episode from February 25).
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    Maybe next TV season CTV won't schedule so many shows at the same time.

    I won't be waiting until next weekend to watch Lucifer and I don't wait until Thursdays to watch Criminal Minds.

    That's what the US networks are for. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    Maybe next TV season CTV won't schedule so many shows at the same time.
    No. They won't. Bell just grabs whatever they feel "like a hit" along with shows from specific studios they have a deal with, ensures they can secure the rights for their CraveTV service while making sure Corus' Global/Showcase and Rogers' Citytv and even CHCH and YesTV took shows away from the big bad Netflix giant, even if it mean buying shows and sub-licencing their 1st run rights to a competitor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinepowell View Post
    Maybe next TV season CTV won't schedule so many shows at the same time.

    I won't be waiting until next weekend to watch Lucifer and I don't wait until Thursdays to watch Criminal Minds.

    That's what the US networks are for. ;)
    That is true, for those fortunate to have access to the US networks (regardless of how you can get it whether through digital cable, satellite or antenna). Otherwise, either wait for it on demand, stream it online or download.

    Then again, it's not only CTV that's been engaging in this sort of behaviour. All the major Canadian networks (CTV, Global, City) have been just as guilty for carrying out this sort of practice. And it's the same thing year after year, although in recent years, they try and get as much as they can to drive off competition from streaming services like Netflix. Also, there's the arrival of other services like CBS All Access and Britbox for the Canadian market.

    CTV / CTV Two: Th
    ey can acquire a whole bunch of shows and program them because they have two channels to spread out their programming, in spite of the fact that not all markets carry CTV Two.

    Of course, because they continuously rely on simultaneous substitution (and that's unlikely to change anytime soon), they will prioritize live programming, shows with new episodes that they can air in simulcast and perform well in the ratings (Numeris Weekly Top 30 ratings for Canada are generally a benchmark, though they also take into consideration the U.S. ratings).

    So if they own the rights to more than one show airing in simulcast at the same time, what happens?

    Here's an example:

    Thursdays 8:00pm - The Big Bang Theory / Young Sheldon (CBS) vs. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) vs. Gotham (FOX)

    This is an instant no-brainer. Big Bang remains by far the top show ratings-wise for CTV, so they call shotgun to air it in simulcast (likewise for Young Sheldon), trumping both Grey's Anatomy and Gotham.

    Grey's Anatomy is a serial-driven show that still does well for CTV, so in an effort to keep in on their schedule, they air it in pre-release, hence why it is at 7:00pm. Airing it in post-release is not an option.

    Gotham becomes the odd show out given the factors mentioned already and the weak ratings. For this season, it was obviously destined for CTV Two but they had Thursday Night Football, so CTV was left with no other option but to air it in post-release at 9:00pm. Fast forward to its recent return for midseason, CTV Two no longer has football filling up Thursday night so Gotham gets moved while airing in simulcast.

    In rare cases when a show they own the rights to has no room on CTV or CTV Two in simulcast, it gets banished to one of their specialty channels for first-run purposes in exchange for a second window run several nights later.

    Like what happened with Arrow last fall. First-run episodes aired on Space at the same time as The CW then turned up the next Wednesday over on CTV Two in post-release. In January, CTV Two had room to program on Thursdays again so they got back to running new episodes of Arrow again.

    Once all those options are exhausted, then it's CraveTV (provided they have the streaming rights) or off to the shelf until a later time when filler timeslots open up (hence why unscripted shows like The Amazing Race and Match Game got pushed back to when the Olympics aired last month).


    Global: Their scheduling problems generally turn up in the midseason or spring thanks to Big Brother Canada, which occupies three nights on the schedule, ensuring that they have enough CanCon outside of Saturdays.

    Since they don't have the luxury of programming a secondary channel like CTV, often times most of these shows either get shelved until later in the summer (NBC sitcom Superstore), become exclusive to Globaltv.com (NBC drama Taken) or in some cases, or will turn up randomly when regular programming is pre-empted (NBC game show The Wall).

    This time, they picked up a lot more shows, in some cases very last-minute, and it generated a whole ton of scheduling conflicts. Four weeks into its run, they added FOX drama 911 (which forced SEAL Team to be time-shifted) and NBC show Rise (which airs at the same time as CBS show Bull). They also have scheduling conflicts on Sundays, with season 2 of Timeless airing in the same slot as CBS drama Madam Secretary (which will get a few Friday airings in post-release).


    City: Probably the worst repeat offender when it comes to programming their schedule, although they don't tend to acquire as many shows compared to CTV and Global so they do not run into as many conflicts. If they do so, it's just to brush off the competition from services like Netflix.

    Their problem is how they schedule their shows, using Modern Family reruns in timeslots where they could schedule something original.

    The Bachelor has finished its run for the season, so they have room for something on Mondays 8:00pm. What do they choose to fill it with? Modern Family reruns (also on Thursdays).


    Yet even for all the shows acquired by the Canadian networks, here are the ones that they appeared to pass on: Good Girls (NBC) and Champions (NBC). Good Girls has been picked up by Netflix (not yet available in Canada).
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    I realize it's all about money but I guess Canadian networks warmer too worried about losing viewers to US networks.

    I've heard of Brit Box recently but thought it was UK TV only?

 

 

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