Rick Mercer Report hits record high

Tuesday’s Rick Mercer Report on CBC soared to 1,548,000 viewers according to overnight estimates–a record high for the series. Maybe it had something to do with Mercer’s spot-on rant about those creepy attack ads being run by the Conservatives:

Mercer’s latest success lifted follow-up 8:30 comedy InSecurity to its highest level in three weeks at 523,000 viewers (according to overnight estimates). Opposite, on CTV, a repeat of No Ordinary Family at 8 languished at 720,000 viewers. Global’s 8 p.m. movie (“Casino Royale”) did just 714,000. CTV and Global combined at 8 did not equal CBC’s take with Mercer.
Sure, U.S. president Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech played havoc with the private network’s simulcast numbers, but that wasn’t a head-to-head factor until 9 p.m. No new Glee meant gloom for Global, and reruns cut into CTV’s ratings. A Toronto/Tampa Bay game on TSN drew 828,000 starting at 7:30.
The news was less buoyant for CBC Monday night when both Little Mosque (415,000) and 18 to Life (245,000) continued a four week slide.

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