PASADENA, CA–Smart move, CBC, moving the second season premiere of Republic of Doyle away from last week’s finale of the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Alan Hawco’s free wheelin’ P.I. hour came roaring back Wednesday night at 9 with 1,038,000 viewers. Following Dragon’s Den probably didn’t hurt–it hit what I believe is a series high of 2,182,000 overnight estimated viewers.
CBC had a robust night overall, scoring close to 1.35 million with Jeopardy! at 7:30 and 945,000 with The National at 10. Strombo did 208,000 at 11:05 p.m.
The premiere of ABC’s Off The Map, a new medical drama featuring Montrealers Caroline Dhavernas and Rachelle Lefevre among the ensemble, opened to 1,419,000 Wednesday night at 10 on Global.
CTV had a quiet night with reruns of Criminal Minds and Big Bang failing to crack a million and that brutal Live to Dance show at 871,000. The Defenders at 10 did 1,049,000. Did CTV lose out on some simulcast numbers due to President Barack Obama’s stirring speech on American network channels last night? I’m thinking maybe.
The other story Wednesday night in Canada was the spectacular debut of the Ice Road Truckers spin-off IRT: Deadliest Roads. The new series drew 968,000 Wednesday night at 9, skidding to a new series high for History Television.

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