Stars make TV magic

Blue Bloods stars make beautiful rat­ings to­gether

The Observer (Sarnia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - MELISSA HANK

Who knew that Mag­num, P.I. and a New Kid on the Block could make TV magic to­gether? But such is the case with Tom Sel­leck and Don­nie Wahlberg and their CBS/ CTV po­lice drama Blue Bloods. The show reg­u­larly cuts a swath through Canada’s list of top 10 weekly pro­grams, and it cel­e­brated its 150th episode on March 31.

That in­stal­ment, A Deep Blue Good­bye, took in 1.6 mil­lion Canadian view­ers and 9.6 mil­lion U.S. ones — roughly the same num­ber on both sides of the border for the April 6 episode, Love Lost. An eighth sea­son of Bloods Blue is al­ready on tap for this fall. In an interview with En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, showrun­ner Kevin Wade hinted at what’s ahead for the sea­son-en­der on May 5: “In the fi­nale, a char­ac­ter who’s been with us for a long time, there’s a straw that breaks that camel’s back, and that char­ac­ter bows out of his life in our fic­tional world of Blue Bloods.”

Else­where in the list of 30 most­watched pro­grams, usual sus­pects The Big Bang The­ory, Sur­vivor and NCIS scored the sweet­est spots. In Ed­mon­ton, though, hockey in its var­i­ous forms ruled the top three, while Van­cou­verites opted for NCIS. Over in Cal­gary, Mon­treal and the GTA, Big Bang won out.

Here are the top pro­grams in Canada for the week of April 3-9, the most re­cent rat­ings avail­able, cour­tesy of au­di­ence mea­sure­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion Numeris: 1. The Big Bang The­ory, CTV 2. Sur­vivor, Global 3. NCIS, Global 4. Hockey Night in Canada, CBC 5. Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor, CTV 6. NCIS: New Or­leans, Global 7. Bull, Global 8. Blue Bloods, CTV 9. Crim­i­nal Minds, CTV 10. Grey’s Anatomy, CTV 11. MacGyver, Global 12. Hawaii Five-0, Global 13. Chicago P.D., Global 14. The Voice, CTV 15. NCIS: Los An­ge­les, Global 16. CTV Evening News, CTV 17. The Amaz­ing Race, CTV 18. MasterChef Canada, CTV 19. Big Brother Canada (Wed.), Global

20. Home­town hockey: Leafs (Sun.), Sport­snet Na­tional

21. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., CTV 22. CTV Na­tional News, CTV 23. Chicago Fire, Global 24. Chicago Jus­tice, Global 25. Chicago Med, Global 26. The Voice Re­sults, CTV 27. Satur­day Night Live, Global 28. Big Brother Canada (Thurs.), Global

29. Big Brother Canada (Mon.), Global

30. Hockey: Leafs (Mon.), Sport­snet Na­tional

In the fi­nale, a char­ac­ter who’s been with us for a long time, there’s a straw that breaks that camel’s back, and that char­ac­ter bows out of his life in our fic­tional world of Blue Bloods.” Kevin Wade

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Tom Sel­leck is seen in a scene from Blue Bloods The show reg­u­larly makes the top 10 weekly pro­grams in Canada, and re­cently aired its 150th episode.

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