Idol judge Steven Tyler with the bleep sign

Canadian drama did well the week of March 7 to 13, with The Listener and Republic of Doyle both drawing over a million viewers. The Genies conjured up close to half-a-million, and Marketplace had another strong showing. Otherwise a predictable week, with the Wednesday edition of American Idol emerging as the most-watched show in Canada. Here’s how it played out according to overnight, 2+ estimates:

That episode where Cuddy dumps House pushed the long-running Fox/Global medical drama to the top of the ratings Monday. House did an overnight, estimated 2,448,000. The 9 o’clock WINNER! Monday was a rerun of Two and a Half Men (1,645,000) followed on CTV by Mike & Molly (1,164,000). Global’s Hawaii FIVE-0 took 10 p.m. with 1,115,000.
Among mid-season shows, Global’s pick up of The Chicago Code (1,344,000) is doing better than CTV’s 8 o’clock entries Mr. Sunshine (900,000) and Mad Love (1,073,000). A rerun of Castle drew 981,000 at 10 on Global.
Monday’s prime time Brier coverage on TSN drew 779,000 overnight, estimated viewers. City scored close to 700,000 with The Bachelor and did even better with the midseason pick up Harry’s Law (731,000).
CBC went Little Mosque 524,000, 18 to Life–showing more life since cancellation–at 408,000 and the results finale of Village on a Diet, gaining to 603,000.

Craig Olejnik is The Listener

Global took Monday and Tuesday with solid outings from Glee (1,605,000) and NCIS: Los Angeles (1,501,000). A rerun of The Good Wife slumped to 772,000 at 10.
If you add up the various Hometeam Hockey games across Canada, however, Sportsnet took show of the night honours with 1,650,000 viewers.
CTV’s highest-rated show of the night was the Canadian entry, The Listener, which drew close to 1.1 million. Reruns knocked No Ordinary Family and Law & Order: SVU down to 694,000 and 902,000. City gained 637,000 with The Biggest Loser. A Rick Mercer Rerun did 553,000, with InSecurity down to 294,000. There was nobody home at Hockeyville (205,000).

CTV won the night thanks to a two hour American Idol Top 13 show (2,772,000) but there were plenty of 2+ viewers left over at 8 o’clock to see Russell get tossed on Survivor (2,436,000) as well as CBC’s Dragons’ Den (1,545,000). Republic of Doyle (1,026,000) had a strong outing at 9, helped by reruns of NCIS on Global (483,000) and Modern Family on City (500,000).
At 10, CTV’s Criminal Minds (1,811,000) bested Global midseason import Off The Map (1,001,000).

CTV owned Thursday night as usual with The Big Bang Theory (3,132,000), Hot in Cleveland (1,870,000), a simulcast of CSI (2,269,000) and The Mentalist (2,518,000). Surprise of the night was the strong showing by CBC’s Genie Awards (480,000), which did better on the night than everything on Global save Bones (1,154,000). Consider too that t also had to go up against American Idol on /A (1.4 mil.+). TSN drew 815,000 for The Brier. CBC counted 434,000 for Doc Zone.

Canadians love seeing others get screwed with crazy high cellphone bills. At least they do on Marketplace, which drew close to a million Friday night. The fifth estate followed at 595,000.
CTV did even better with their crime imports The Defenders (1,235,000), CSI: New York (1,617,000) and Blue Bloods (1,479,000). Kitchen Nightmares (762,000) is lifting Global out of its “also has shows on Friday night” funk; Haven did 232,000.


Lisa Rinna got trumped on The Apprentice

HNiC Game One 2,095,000, Game Two 1,369,000. SNL: 372,000.

CTV won the night with The Amazing Race (2,533,000), Undercover Boss (1,481,000) and CSI: Miami (1,877,000), with CBC galloping off with the 7 p.m. hour with Heartland (970,000). A two hour Celebrity Apprentice is a hit on Global with 1,333,000 tuning in to see Lisa Rinna get gang tackled by Star Jones and Dionne Warwick. The Simpsons did their usual 1,042,000, with Family Guy down to 682,000.

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  1. Because it is HNIC, what was the audience for game 1, the afternoon Montreal at Pittsburgh game? Thanks for having both games of the doubleheader.

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