Mercer’s final rant gets big ratings

After 15 seasons on the air, the satirical news show bid adieu with a special one-hour finale on the pubcaster.

After 15 seasons and 277 episodes, The Rick Mercer Report bid adieu last month, and the series finale episode proved a ratings winner.

The special one-hour finale, which aired April 10 at 8 p.m. on CBC, drew 1.6 million Canadians, according to Numeris data provided by the CBC. The show concluded with a look back at Mercer’s most memorable moments and, of course, a final rant.

The satirical news show, created by Mercer and Gerald Lunz and produced by Island Edge, debuted in 2004 to 800,000 viewers and averaged 786,000 over the course of its first season. It maintained steady ratings over its run, with the 14th season averaging 777,000 (2+) viewers.

The final season (22 x 30 minutes) boosted its numbers, with an average of 831,000 viewers tuning in.

The series was a hit with fans and critics alike, with the show garnering four Geminis and 12 Canadian Screen Awards for TV writing and performance. The Rick Mercer Report was also presented with the Academy Icon Award at the 2018 CSAs. 

Photo credit: Jon Sturge, The Rick Mercer Report