Sunday it was all CTV with The Amazing Race roaring back with 2,871,000 viewers. The eighth and final season premiere of Desperate Housewives drew 1,744,000 at 9 with the new retro drama Pan Am taking off with 1,908,000 passengers. Flashpoint opened the night at 7 with 658,000 overnight, estimated viewers.
Pan Am‘s lofty debut allowed CTV to crow that it had cherry picked the Top-4 highest-rated new shows of the season (The X Factor, Whitney, Pan Am and Unforgettable). Check back in a few weeks, however. Whitney made the list behind that 4.9 million Two and a Half Men opener and The X Factor did not meet the high expectations thrust upon that series.
CBC’s Heartland (701,000) and Battle of the Blades (1,307,000) their opening week tallies but Cover Me Canada sank from 591,000 to 441,000.
The big draw Sunday night on Global was a show opening for a 23rd season. The Simpsons drew 1,089,000 and most voted for Ned to stay with Edna. Family Guy (940,000), American Dad (826,000) and The Cleveland Show (767,000) all did as expected. Newly relocated The Good Wife (568,000) got no flow from her animated lead-ins.
CSI: Miami found 966,000 for its 10th season premiere on CTV Two.

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