Strong Start for 18 to Life; TSN Tops 3 Mil Again

CBC’s new comedy 18 to Life premiered to 779,000 viewers Monday, topping schedule mate Little Mosque on the Prairie, which managed 605,000 (all figures BBM Canada overnight estimates). The two sitcoms managed to hold their own against Law & Order on CTV (1,118,000) and Heroes on Global (599,000) as well as a strong season premiere of The Bachelor over on City (1,012,000, with 505,000 of those in the 25-54-year-old demo).
CBC’s daytime debuts matched expectations, with Steven & Chris returning with 93,000 at 2 p.m. and Best Recipes Ever cooking up 82,000 at 3.
CBC got some more good news Sunday when a new episode of their stealth hit Heartland soared to 1,166,000. CBC’s strong Sunday continued with an airing of the movie The Devil Wears Prada, which drew 1,176,000. The family one-two gave The National a boost to 788,000 at 10 p.m.
CTV had their usual strong 9 p.m. Sunday with Desperate Housewives (1,872,000), although nobody came close to the 3,223,000 TSN scored with the Canada vs. Switzerland semi final of the World Junior Hockey Championships. TSN is not-so-quietly becoming the biggest success story in Canada since the arrival last September of the Personal People Meter. Even with Canada losing to the U.S. in Tuesday’s hard fought finals, look for TSN to crack the four million mark and then some.

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