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Hockey and football were both big stories this weekend (see Saturday and Sunday ratings) but neither could catch CTV’s The Big Bang Theory as Canada’s most-watched show. Here’s a look at the overnight 2+ prime time estimates across Canada for the week of Nov. 8 to the 14:
CTV’s Castle stayed strong with nearly 1.7 million viewers. Global’s Hawaii FIVE-0 said aloha to 1,431,000. Lie to Me did 1,173,000, honest.
CBC also aired shows Wednesday. The new adaptation of Billy Bishop Goes to War found 214,000 theatre fans. (The french language TV Guide, TV Hebdo, once ran a caption for the original TV adaptation of this which read, “Joey Bishop Goes to War.” I keed you not.) Next on CBC came a show which has now slid behind even Men with Brooms in the ratings, Being Erica, at 338,000 viewers.
The Big Bang Theory exploded for another 3.3 million-plus on CTV to once again rank as Canada’s most-watched show of the week. This once again lifted the show behind it, S#*! My Dad Says, over 2.2 million viewers. Doing even better at 9 was Grey’s Anatomy (2,657,000) and The Mentalist at 10 close to 2.5 million). Early starter CSI drew 1,457,000 viewers.
CTV’s monster night didn’t rattle Global’s Bones, which still drew 1,618,000 viewers. The Office (890,000) and funny newcomer Outsourced (639,000) stayed competitive at 9, followed by The Apprentice (718,000), which seems buoyed in Canada thanks to the plucky contender from Quebec.
Citytv scared up close to 700,000 at 10 with a suddenly revitalized Fringe. They found 418,000 loyal 30 Rock viewers at 9:30.
CBC sat out the Thursday storm with a two hour Doc Zone (433,000, which beat out anything they had Wednesday in prime).
CTV owns this night with CSI: New York (1,855,000) followed by Tom Selleck’s Blue Bloods at 10 (1,630,000) and Medium at 8 channeling just under a million. Police are looking for a small medium at large.
CBC stayed competitive with Ron James entertaining 648,000 followed by a repeat of Mercer (540,000) and the fifth estate (543,000).
A 9 p.m. hockey game on TSN drew 457,000 viewers. Another 360,000 watched the Canadiens over at french language RDS.
Global also airs programs Friday nights in Canada.
As previously reported, the Hockey Night in Canada tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the victorious Vancouver Canucks drew the biggest number of the season so far at CBC, 2,646,000 viewers. This was an elbow to the head of The Gemini Awards, buried deep within Global’s Saturday Night witness protection program with 363,000 viewers. Hey, it still beat Erica. Saturday Night Live drew 422,000 at 11:30 p.m.
CTV pulled an impressive 775,000 opposite that big hockey number at 7 p.m. for a W5 report.
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With Don Cherry getting into the act as a judge, CBC pulled 1,769,000 viewers for Battle of the Blades, really heating up now that the series is down to the final three pairs (Sask’s favourite son, Kelly Chase, along with partner Kyoko Ina, were eliminated Monday night). Heartland galloped off with close to a million viewers. Despite that huge lead-in, All For One continues to draw a specialty number (452,000).
Global got another strong outing from evergreen animated comedies The Simpsons (1,212,000) and Family Guy (1,175,000), especially in the 18-49 tally. Cleveland (808,000) and American Dad (695,000) held their fans. Bros & Sis rode that CSI rerun to a stronger than usual 868,000.
The big story Sunday was the touchdown scored by TSN for its CFL playoff coverage. it helped that the two Sunday games were nail biters. Saskatchewan’s thrilling overtime win over B.C. averaged two million viewers, peaking at 3.3 million as the game went into overtime. That’s the most watched CFL divisional semi-final ever in Canada according to the network.
Earlier in the day, TSN averaged another 1.1 million viewers who watched Toronto beat arch rivals Hamilton. ARRRGOOS!