A Heartland Christmas draws 1.4 million
Oddities always emerge as the year winds down and schedules enter full holiday shut down mode. CBC’s special celebrating 400 years of Coronation Street drew fewer viewers than the series regularly draws. Blimey! A special, two-hour Heartland Christmas episode was a winner, lassoing over 1.4 million viewers. A look at the overnight, estimated numbers across Canada, 2+ for the week of December 6 to 13, 2010 (UPDATED DEC. 15 @ 11AM):

May be time to bring out the brooms for Men with Brooms. The CBC comedy that is shot in the Prairies but based in the Maritimes seems to have eluded everyone in between. Back-to-back episodes Monday drew 319,000 and 257,000 , a big fall off from the 1.1 mil. Jeopardy! lead in.
That Little Mosque holiday episode also got a lump of coal with 315,000 viewers. Vinyl Cafe Christmas skipped to 364,000.
It’s not like it was a killer night on the privates. House-less Global made do with a movie (809,000) and Hawaii FIVE-0 (1.3 mil.+). Dance-less CTV slid in The Listener (under 600,000) and then got a boost at 9 from ever-potent /A call-up Two and a Half Men (1,837,000). Mike & Molly and Castle did under and over 1.7 mil.

That Glee Christmas episode took top show of the night honors with 2,372,000 overnight, estimated viewers. Elsewhere, imports and holiday reruns underperformed. A Muppet Christmas on CTV did 600,000. No Ordinary Family did an ordinary one million. Flashpoint filled with 865,000. Global slumped behind Glee with reruns of NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1 mil) and The Good Wife (669,000).
CBC had a stronger Tuesday with Mercer pulling 1,069,000 (for a rerun?) followed by another solid 22 Minutes (819,000). Stars on Ice skated off with 778,000 at 9.
A couple of NHL games on TSN drew 760,000 and 612,000.

CTV hit their targets with Human Target (1,384,000), Criminal Minds (2,286,000) and The Defenders (1,317,000). Global kept pace with Survivor: Nicaragua (2,015,000) and reruns of overused NCIS (429,000) and NCIS:LA (578,000). CBC had their usual Wednesday highs 1,617,000 for Dragon’s Den) and lows (Being Erica 362,000).
Many viewers skated over to TSN for a Leaf tilt (1,128,000). City’s big draw Wednesday, as usual, was Modern Family at 866,000 viewers.

The Big Bang Theory is still big at 2,659,000 overnight, estimated CTV viewers, but has dropped half a million from its giddy peak earlier this fall. In fact, it was beat in Canada by a rare simulcast of old reliable CSI (2,673,000). S#*! My Dad Says (1,951,000) and The Mentalist (just under 2.5 million) contributed to a typically strong Thursday for CTV.
Global got a boost from Bones (1,815,000) and less from The Office (633,000). Over a million tuned in to see Barbara Walters make celebrities cry.
Corrie Crazy? I dunno. Only 688,000 joined the party for this 900th anniversary of Coronation Street special. CBC followed with Doc Zone (331,000). Fringe scored 516,000 on City.  Under-the-radar iCarly did 513,000 on YTV. Vampire Diaries bit into 437,000 on /A.
For the second night in a row, TSN drew over a million for a Leaf game (1,024,000).

A rare Friday night hockey game drew just under 700,000 on CBC, about what Ron James usually gets. CTV did slightly better with Rita MacNeil, with reruns of Blue Bloods and CSI:NY managing 1.2 mil+. Global’s holiday movie “Deck the Halls” did 651,000. Over on YTV, a 9 p.m. episode of 10 Things I Hate About You drew 578,000!

Another biggie for Hockey Night in Canada, with all that 3D ballyhoo boosting the total close to 2.2 mil. Didn’t hurt that it was Leafs vs. Canadiens.


Saddle up the horses! A Heartland Christmas galloped off with over 1.4 million CBC viewers. Giddyyup!
Not bad opposite Canada’s No. 1 show for the second week in a row, The Amazing Race (2,738,000). Family Guy (1.2 million) was the big draw of the night on Global. CBC also scored with a holiday movie (“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” attracting 900,000) and the old chestnut Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (961,000).
Lost Girl‘s season finale was a hit on Showcase, with 342,000 finding it. The shot-in-Toronto/Hamilton series has already been picked up for a second season. The Philly/Dallas Sunday Night football game on TSN drew 700,000.

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