Here’s the Canadian list, August 3-9 2009:

image Apparently supporters of the CBC (all liberals and further leftists) believe that one of the core functions of government in Canada is to provide TV entertainment for the citizens, because without the government, we would otherwise be incapable of getting any.  Clowns alone are not enough.  This is why we have the socialist “Bare Ass” Bob Rae exposing his bare ass on the state-owned CBC while running to be leader of the Liberal Party with his great hope of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada.

As a good Canadian and a responsible taxpayer, please monitor the success of this billion-dollar-per-year government social program called the CBC:

1 —SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE 5—CTV (Thursday)
2 —SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE 5—CTV (Wednesday)
3 —LAW & ORDER:CI—CTV
4 —BIG BROTHER 11—Global (Sunday)
5 —BIG BROTHER 11—Global (Tuesday)
6 —C.S.I. NEW YORK—CTV
7 —CTV EVENING NEWS—CTV (Every week night)
8 —C.S.I. MIAMI—CTV
9 —BIG BROTHER 11—Global (Thursday)
10—NCIS—Global
11—LAW AND ORDER—CTV
12—CRIMINAL MINDS—CTV
13—LAW AND ORDER:SVU—CTV
14—CTV NATIONAL NEWS—CTV (Every night)
15—THE LISTENER—CTV
16—CTV EVENING NEWS (Weekend)—CTV (Sat, Sun)
17—YOUNG & THE RESTLESS—Global
18—AMERICA’S GOT TALENT—‘A’ Channel
19—GLOBAL NATIONAL—Global (Monday thru Friday)
20—WIPEOUT—Global

Information courtesy of and ©2009 BBM Nielsen.

And here are the cable news rankings in the U.S.:

Cable News Ratings for Friday, August 14, 2009
Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for August 14, 2009
P2+ Prime Time

Fox News Channel – 2,291,000 viewers
CNN—731,000 viewers
MSNBC –798,000 viewers
CNBC – 107,000 viewers
Headline News Network – 371,000 viewers

Cable News Ratings for Saturday / Sunday, August 15-16, 2009
Live + Same Day Weekend Ratings
Cable News Ratings August 15, 2009
P2+ Prime Time

Fox News Channel –1,456,000 viewers
CNN – 541,000 viewers
MSNBC –371,000 viewers
CNBC – 184,000 viewers
Headline News Network – 233,000 viewers

A Canadian view is meaningless because for one thing, the liberals and further leftists in the Canadian government, and those Liberal Party corporate donors and supporters with government influence, have ensured that by law, all Canadians must be provided with the state-owned CBC by (privately-owned) cable and satellite distributors on their basic cable tier or channels, at no extra cost to Canadians.  Fox News Channel is only available on the digital tier, at extra cost, often with extra equipment, and by way of extra arrangements which are sometimes onerous, especially at anti-Fox News Channel outfits like Shaw Direct, which insists you “opt-in” to (and this only applies to) Fox News Channel, even if your package includes it already. 

Also, until fairly recently (late 2004), Fox News Channel was banned in Canada.  It was only through a massive push by the likes of me and PTBC, Fox News Channel was finally unbanned in this country by the state-owned, state-run regulator of what we’re allowed to watch on TV and listen to on the radio and in what proportion and what times, the CRTC.  And even then, the CRTC seriously considered imposing restrictions on Fox News Channel exactly the same as the restrictions they imposed on Al-Jazeera.  You know, to protect Canadians. 

Here’s an actual snippet from the CRTC’s decision:

      16. Twenty-six individuals suggested that the Commission should approve the addition of Fox News to the digital lists, but only if the Commission applied the same terms as it applied to the carriage of the non-Canadian Arabic-language news and public affairs programming service, Al Jazeera. In support of this position, some individuals cited an instance in which Fox commentator Bill O’Reilly allegedly berated a member of the family of a 9/11 victim for signing a petition opposing the Iraq war.

And after mulling it over, their ever-so gracious decision on this idea:

      38. Some interveners suggested that BDUs wishing to distribute Fox News should be subject to the same condition of license applicable to those that wish to distribute Al Jazeera. The Commission considers that there is nothing on the record of this proceeding that would lead it to conclude that such treatment is necessary in the case of Fox News. Specifically, none of the reasons cited by interveners for such an approach give the Commission sufficient cause for concern that there would be abusive comment or abusive pictorial representation in the programming broadcast by Fox News that, when taken in context, tends to or is likely to expose an individual or group or class of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability. Accordingly, the Commission will not impose any requirement on BDUs for the distribution of Fox News other than those that generally apply with respect to the carriage of non-Canadian services that are included on the digital lists.

Fox News Channel is now unbanned and available in Canada, and I strongly suggest you watch it.  They allow conservatives to say things, happily, and without sneering.  It’s really quite astonishing.  It’s completely different in this way and others, to anything available in Canada.  You’ll be amazed that there’s actually a different set of views and ways of looking at things than simply left-wing, and further left-wing.

EXTRA EXTRA:

Mark Steyn, filling in for Rush Limbaugh as host of his radio show, said this today in relation to the death of Bob Novak (which I covered here earlier today).  It somewhat applies here as well:

“Bob Novak was a great defender for a lot of important things in this country, particularly the responsibility of government to stick to its core activities and not try to do everything.  At a time when we’re running up multi-trillion dollar deficits, we could certainly use a guy like Bob.”