Survivor, Rudolph Sleigh Green Gables

Just 1,042,000 watched CTV’s Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Sunday, a new low for Kevin Sullivan’s played out Gables’ franchise. Worse, just 306,000 kindred spirits in the 25-54-year-old demo tuned in, according to overnight estimates from BBM/NMR.
That placed the poorly reviewed prequel/sequel a distant third nationally behind the finale of Global’s Survivor: Gabon (the night’s big winner at 1,819,000 total viewers, with over a million in the demo) and CBC’s Sunday night Christmas combo Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (890,000/451,000) and The Polar Express (1,223,000/519,000). Even CBC’s Sunday Night News (1,081,000/430,000) beat Anne, and even snuck past the CTV National News (1,380,000/320,000).
Sullivan’s original 1985 Anne of Green Gables miniseries, starring Megan Follows, soared past the 5 million mark back in the day on CBC, ranking it as one of the most watched Canadian made TV-movies or miniseries ever.

One Response to “Survivor, Rudolph Sleigh Green Gables”

  1. Still, that’s better than most homegrown dramas, and back in the day most shows did better than today. I’m not exactly an Anne purist – the original miniseries didn’t follow the books faithfully either and I lapped them up – but I wanted this distorted prequel to completely tank. Yes, I’m petty.


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