Global gets a Big Brother summer boost

Divided houseguests (L-R) Hayden, Britney and Brendon

Big Brother continues to be a big draw this summer at CBS and Global. The human zoo reality series captured the three top spots in the weekly BBC Canada national ratings for Aug. 16-22. Global, in fact, has six of the Top-10 shows that week across Canada, including Rookie Blue with nearly 1.5 million 2+ viewers.
Break it down regionally and Global’s hot summer hand is even more impressive. In Vancouver that same week, for example, Global had nine of the Top-10 shows (including six regional newscasts), with only Citytv’s America’s Got Talent cracking the west coast list at No. 6. It’s been a long time since CTV was skunked in any Canadian Top 10 region.
This week, on Wednesday, CTV’s summer Fox pickup Masterchef cooked up nearly a million overnight, estimated BBM viewers opposite Global’s Big Brother, which topped 2 million with a double elimination, power of veto competition. CBC’s resilient reality series Dragon’s Den found nearly a million viewers the same hour.
The night before, Tuesday Aug. 24, CTV’s SYTYCDC‘s results show drew over a million, a shade less than the estimated audience for relocated Betty White pickup Hot in Cleveland. Global took the 8 o’clock slot with Wipeout at nearly 1.3 million. CBC was pretty much wiped out on the night, with a rerun of Being Erica limping in at 173,000 viewers.
Monday’s biggest 2+ draws were Lie to Me on Global at over 1.5 million, SYTYCDC at an overnight, estimated 1,262,000 and the usual million-pluses for reruns of Two and a Half Men (1,115,000) and The Big Bang Theory (1,247,000). Between Jeopardy! and the National News, CBC had nothing in prime crack the 250,000 mark.

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