|Georges Laraque and Anabelle Langois say bye bye Blades|
A quick look at some weekend numbers, starting with Sunday: Men with Brooms (an overnight, estimated 404,000) did not get much lift from the Battle of the Blades (close to 1.5 million), Heartland at 7 p.m. on CBC did its usual hearty 853,000.
Brooms might have lost viewers to Philly/San Fran on TSN, which drew 421,000 to the Sunday Night Football tilt.
Most viewers in Canada were watching CTV Sunday night, starting with Undercover Boss at 7 (1,063,000), then ever potent The Amazing Race at 8 (over 2.3 million) with Desperate Housewives (1,734,000) and CSI: Miami (1,649,000) both winning their timeslots nationally in the 2+ tally.
The Simpsons, with that astounding “Banksy” couch opener, drew a robust 1,123,000 on Global at 8 and beating CBC’s Blades nationally in the 25-54-year-old demo. The Cleveland Show (773,000), Family Guy (953,000), American Dad (693,000) and Brothers & Sisters (531,000) rounded out Global`s night.
Citytv drew south of 200,000 for back-to-back Murdoch Mysteries at 9 and 10. A Lost Girl Marathon on Showcase rose to 113,000 at 8 p.m.
CBC bodychecked all competition on Saturday with the Leafs vs. Senators drawing over 2.25 million. The late game on Hockey Night in Canada, Canucks at Calgary, held an overnight, estimated 1,430,000 of those viewers. Anyone doubting the drawing power of a season opening two game Leaf winning streak take note.
Saturday Night Live is off to one of its strongest starts in years on Global, drawing close to 700.000 at 11:30 p.m.
Friday saw The Ron James Show climb for the third straight week with an estimated 629,000 CBC viewers. A fifth estate look at Till Death Do Us Part did 741,000 at 9.
The new Tom Selleck cop drama Blue Bloods continues to score on Fridays for CTV, pulling 1,744,000 nationally at 9. The final Outlaw went out with a whimper on Global, doing 426,000.