BBM book ’em, Danno. Global rode a wave of old and new premieres to take the first night of the new season in overnight ratings.
House returned strong with nearly 2.7 million viewers across Canada according to overnight estimates. Second on the night was CTV’s two-hour Dancing with the Stars, which waltzed off with an estimated 2,479,000 viewers.
Global won the battle of the buzzed-about rookies with Hawaii FIVE-0 opening to 2,136,000 viewers at 10, easily topping the just over one million who caught The Event at 9 p.m. on Citytv stations.
CTV captured close to two million at 10 with a surprisingly strong Castle, with the season premiere of Two and a Half Men over on /A shading a repeat of CTV’s overworked Big Bang Theory (1,376,000 to 1,218,000). Over on TSN, a further 843,000 caught the Saints/49ers nailbiter on Monday Night Football. That topped the 824,000 who caught the debut of Lone Star Monday night at 9 on Global.
New Global National News interplanetary anchor Dawna Friesen scored 1.1 million viewers for her Monday at 5:30 debut.
CANADIAN UPDATE: The newly re-christianed George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight returned to an overnight, estimated audience of 102,000 on CBC at 11 Monday night, or about a dozen viewers per vowel. Would it have killed them to call this thing Strombo?
UPDATE: The opening night news Stateside told a much different story. House opened so-so on Fox with an overnight, estimated 10.5 million viewers, but was overwhelmed by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, which swelled to more than twice as many viewers and averaged over 21 million over the two hour broadcast. Never underestimate The Hoff.
Hawaii FIVE-0 opened to 13.83 million at 10 on CBS, down slightly from CSI: Miami‘s take one year earlier. New CBS sitcom Mike & Molly was sampled by a respectable 12.24 million CBS viewers. The Event did 11.19 million at 9 on NBC, a competitive third in the timeslot. NBC’s Chase ran third with 7.94 million, so-so but better than what Jay Leno was drawing at that hour one year ago.
Dead-on-arrival was the Fox flop Lone Star, which barely topped 4 million U.S. viewers and sank by nearly a million from 9 to 9:30. Global may have to go to the bench pretty soon on Monday nights. Chuck averaged 6.06 million viewers at 8 on NBC.
That’s less than the overnight, estimated 7.1 million who caught the premiere of Boardwalk Empire on HBO Sunday night (albeit over three airings; the initial 9 p.m. window drew a strong 4.8 million). I’ll drink to that!The critically acclaimed prohibition drama has already drawn a second season order from HBO.


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