Quebec’s ‘Masked Singer’ tops Canadian TV ratings

Pop Goes The News – The francophone version of The Masked Singer was the most-watched TV show in Canada for the week ending Nov. 21, according to Numeris.

The second-to-last episode of Chanteurs masqués drew 1.837 million viewers on Quebec’s TVA network. By comparison, the U.S. version of The Masked Singer, which airs on CTV, had 1.496 million viewers.

Chanteurs masqués beat 9-1-1, which was the No. 1 English-language show in Canada that same week.

A week earlier, Chanteurs masqués managed 1.752 million viewers – making it the fourth most-watched show of the week in Canada – on the same night as Adele One Night Only, which topped the ratings with just over 2 million viewers on Global.

Taped this past summer in Montreal, Chanteurs masqués was hosted by Guillaume-Lemay-Thivierge and featured a panel of judges made up of comedians Sam Breton and Stéphane Rousseau, singers Véronic Dicaire and Marc Dupré, and actress Anouk Meunier.

Some of the celebrities who competed on the inaugural season included Olympic diver Alexandre Despatie and cosmetics company founder Lise Watier.

Ratings for the season finale, which aired on Nov. 28, have not yet been published by Numeris.

The winners were Wilfred Le Bouthillier and Marie-Élaine Thibert – the 2003 winner and runner-up, respectively, of Quebec’s singing competition series Star Académie. (Quebec has also had eight seasons of La Voix, its version of The Voice.)

The Masked Singer concept, which originated in South Korea, has been licensed in more than 45 countries around the world.