Vancouver PPMs: February 29, 2016 – May 29, 2016 (Numeris)


Average Daily Universe: 2,229,000



Average Minute Audience (000): Expressed in thousands, this is the average number of persons exposed to a radio station during an average minute. Calculated by adding all the individual minute audiences together and dividing by the number of minutes in the daypart.

Average Daily Cume (000): Expressed in thousands, this is the average number of unique listeners who were exposed to the station for at least one minute during an average day. Calculated by adding the number of unique listeners each day and dividing it by the number of days in the analysis.

Share: Within a central market area, the estimated total hours tuned to that station expressed as a percentage of total hours tuned to Total Encoded Radio.

Average Daily Universe: The average daily universe for the analyzed period. The universe is expressed as daily averages because it changes slightly daily as the intab changes.

Source: Numeris


  1. This puts CBC Radio One as the leader in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Kamloops markets..
    And just a titch behind, in second place in Prince George.

  2. QM is doing well, dont listen to the CBC. Weak at The Peak, and Kiss is continuing to slide. Who is running the ship at Rogers! Must be outsiders who are still young and clueless. Who will get the ax next at Corus Entertainment?

  3. QMFM big downtrend? Gotta be a glitch. Not a shock about NW, though. They are in trouble and getting worse. Can’t listen to it at all anymore.

  4. Interesting to see the one time two Vancouver power stations AM73 (LG73), and AM1410 (CFUN),in the basement as the bottom two stations. How times have changed.

  5. Anyone have Valley numbers? I know my old station Hawk/Drive does not subscribe anymore. The Lyndon Washington God-rocker Praise 106 does well out here.

  6. Vancouver stations might give a look at the format of CKNO in Edmonton. In Vancouver, CBC wins because they do great news coverage … Vancouver outlets don’t.

  7. CKNW has become so politically correct and biased that they won’t touch any issue that might offend any ethnic group for any reason. They’re also obviously Liberal flag wavers, both provincially and federally, much like the local TV outlets, who are also losing news ratings. The only person on CKNW (besides Bruce Allen), who is willing to touch the real issues of Vancouver and B.C. is Mike Smyth. He is by far the best reporter and talk show host in the market, in the tradition of the great broadcasters we used to have here. He’s the only one who doesn’t seem to want to be Oprah. He was the first person who addressed the problem of off-shore money destroying the Vancouver housing market and wasn’t afraid to tell it like everybody knows it is. All of the other hosts are now jumping on the bandwagon, because they’re forced to, but they still apologize for having to do it. If CKNW wants to get their ratings up they should give him his own show

  8. CKNW is worse than awful; they are cheerfully complicit purveyors of mindless PC and liberal propaganda. It’s integral to their business model. Their unlistenable, shilly lineup reflects this unmistakably. I agree with Rick, though, that Bruce Allen may be the last human working there, fwiw.

    There’s been a lot of paranoid discussion about the “singularity” meme in the last several years, and who knows to what degree it will ever actualize (or whether it’s been here all along, lol), but if you want to know what “singularity radio” will sound like in this feared, dystopian hypothetical future – – – just tune in to CKNW. Their algorithm has been programmed so blatantly as to make them politically impotent, ironically, except to simply assuage and rally fellow drones with cheer leading, self-aggrandizement, and talking point oriented rationalizations made up of 99.9 % sophistry. As talk radio goes, it is so mind-numbingly uninteresting that it makes white noise seem like renaissance quality intellectualism.

    And if their “content” wasn’t bad enough, and somehow you found yourself exposed to their commercials, all doubt about the intention guiding broadcasting’s bad robot would vanish. Need an equity loan? Did you get your lottery tickets yet (it’s for the children, dontcha know)? How about some hideous jewelry (a golden potato chip FFS!)? Whanna buy an overpriced truck for 7 years of “cheap” payments and drive it home with $10 grand in your pocket to spend any way you like (yup – it’s legal)? Got enough diamonds for the little lady? Are you *sure* you don’t need an equity loan??? (I mean; who’s going to pay for that lane house, the new kitchen or the Beemer like your neighbor’s?)

    And even if the toxic hucksterism, naked partisanism, or overall banality makes you fear you will get sick, not to worry…they’ll be pitching you a safe vaccine in the next segment that will protect you and keep you from spreading it. It’s too bad there’s no vaccine for stations like CKNW to stop *them* from “spreading it”.

  9. I agree with Rick and Lacho,CKNW is quite simply,horrible, I stopped listening a couple of months ago and what a relief.

  10. I know Im not the only one that wonders or wishes that Mike Smyth was a regular host on NW.
    Many that post here at PSR are connected to this industry. Could someone tell me (and many others Im sure) why this extremely popular fill in radio host doesnt have a steady time slot.
    If NW is losing market share, if NW has fallen from top dog to #3 why does the ownership not want to make improvements? Is it all about the money? Is Mr Smyth unavailable?
    Whats wrong with Corus/Shaw?

  11. 13, the reason is probably two fold. Mike has a good job already, working full time on NW may be too risky in his mind. filling in fits like lifestyle. Secondly, he may been offered the day shift already but the contract was not good enough. Just my two cents worth.

  12. Mike would be an idiot to jump ship from his lucrative day job as Province political columnist for a very iffy future with CKNW. As Rob notes, the fill-in radio gig fits his schedule, plays off his strength (politics) and no doubt adds to the Smyth family’s bank account.

    Funny, CBC Radio 1 has benefitted immeasurably by luring NW news reporters onto its staff. Meanwhile NW makes do with newbies who sound like they’re just out of high school. As for the much-ballyhooed Jeremy Lye, his voice–to my ears at least–lacks oomph and projection. Not quite muttering, but really hard to pick out the words when I’m zooming around the living room. Or am I being too hard?

  13. NW is saving money at every turn. Lye is not even a 5 compared to Bell and Mark being 10s.
    Mr Shintz seems to be trying hard. Gord Mcdonald must have had a meeting with Larry G. In that meeting LG must have told him “I want you to yell and scream and argue and act like a complete idiot/imbecile. Gord has followed instructions. Now for the top 5. (audience gags and pukes).

  14. New PD at NW is a guy out of the US. Not the first time that hasn’t worked. Every time they try to manage Canadian stations like the US stations, it fails. When will they recognize that we are not the same? Baffling…..

  15. Yes, I agree with the comments about CKNW. The station has declined over the years. The presenters seem to have attention deficit disorder. I listen to a newscast and the basic five W’s are missing on each item.

  16. A great analogy of the now CKNW from Rick and Lacho, I couldn’t have said it better. What really blows me away is how americanized they have become eating up all the bull shit coming from the mainstream media. Gone are the days of investigative journalists at CKNW, that is obvious. As for Mike Smyth, I understand he and his family not only live in Victoria, but have absolutely no desire to settle on the mainland, and that doesn’t work for Corus. That was the same reason for Sean Leslie. Who in their right mind wants to live in Vancouver, especially when you have a place like Victoria

  17. Today at NW. Gord Macdonald was horrified that parents staged a mock funeral at VSB to protest the closing of schools. Gord figured that it was insensitive after the massacre in Orlando. Golly Gord I stopped at a “red” light today. I guess that was insensitive to eh? Kind of a stretch Gord.
    The news reader tonite had an interview with someone that wanted his anonymity protected. She tried 3 times to pronounce anonymity, no luck at all. I guess BCIT isnt as stringent as they used to be.

  18. re: Mike Smyth; it’s weirdly ironic (and yet disturbing on some level) how entertaining a person can be with just a middling amount of talent and zero scruples. Add a bit of bombast to that profile, a dollop of narcissism, and just enough IQ and salesmanship to make the sausage they produce taste good, and you have the makings of the classic BC quasi-journo sellout. At first I enjoyed some of his commentary, like so many others, until it became unmistakable that his “work” embodies all of the signs of a very specific brand of disingenuousness. He’ll dig only so deep, never following up in a meaningful way. He won’t connect the dots and explicitly demonstrate important connections. He’ll tease at cornering someone or some issue, and then let them skip. And don’t get me started of the mountain of important, relevant subject matter that he won’t get near.

    The really twisted thing about media personalities like Mike, Simi, and Jas is that they establish themselves by clearly demonstrating that they know the difference between right and wrong, speciousness and veracity, sincerity and corruption – – and how important that distinction is to our community, and then they use that ersatz gravitas to grab that brass ring. It’s not a small betrayal. Part of me believes that they might not understand the damage that they do; a larger part of me sees how they always benefit from their choices and so they must simply have no conscience.


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