Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine on SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS

Fire up the tiki torch and pass the Doritos: Survivor beat The Masked Singer head-to-head in premiere week overnights in Canada.

The 39th season, called Survivor: Island of the Idols and featuring past winners “Boston” Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, drew an overnight, estimated 1,497,000 viewers over its 90-minute season premiere. Global followed that up in prime with a 90-minute Big Brother finale, fetching an estimated 1,090,000 viewers.

Wednesday night on CTV, the season premiere of Fox’s The Masked Singer claimed 1,195,000 overnight viewers over its two-hour premiere. The debut of Stumptown, a new import drama starring Canadian Cobie Smulders as a world-weary yet still kick-ass PI, followed at 10/9c with an estimated 1,028,000 tuning in.

The night’s biggest surprise in Canada, however, may have been the robust reception offered the three Chicago shows. The Dick Wolf-produced trio of Med, Fire and PD migrated to Citytv for the first time Wednesday and took the audience with them, racking up estimates of 743,000, 782,000 and 628,000 in overnight viewers. Clearly there are plenty of folks in English Canada who prefer scripted drama over reality.

On CBC, their 7:30 pm broadcast of Coronation Street (425,000) outdrew everything that followed in overnight estimates, including The Great Canadian Baking Show (316,000) and the re-purposed CBC Gem drama Northern Rescue (160,000). The National climbed back up to 361,000 for the full 10 pm hour.

In specialty, the Blue Jays batted 363,000 on Sportsnet for a tilt with Baltimore and an estimated 269,000 watched the Leafs battle the Canadiens in pre-season action over on TSN.


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