Week Two of CBC's The Border saw a jump up to 704,000 viewers, a great sign on a crowded Monday night. The drama (featuring Graham Abbey and Nazneen Contractor, above) stayed competitive with A channel's Two and a Half Men (853,000) and Global's Heroes (1,194,000) and didn't get run over by CTV's two hour Dancing With The Stars performance show (1,755,000).
The Border actually improved on the second episode this season of CBC's Dragon's Den (624,000), which, besides Dancing (No. 1 last week in the U.S.) had to content with Global's Prison Break (943,000). The big winner on the night was CTV's CSI: Miami, which drew a hefty 2,144,000 viewers at 10 p.m.
The tightening election and imploding economy is also giving CBC's The National News a strong boost. The National was the public network's biggest draw of the night with close to a million viewers (an estimated 971,000, to be exact in an estimated, overnight sort of way). That topped even Jeopardy!, which pulled 906,000 at 7:30.
Meanwhile, Stateside, NBC has to be concerned about Heroes. The series was down to 8.2 million viewers Monday, third in its timeslot in the 18-49 demo. Heroes seems as surprising and action-packed as ever, with good guys becoming bad guys and vice versa, so why the big tune out? This show was flirting with 20 million viewers one year ago.
FILL 'ER UP: Corner Gas may be leaving after this season, but you'll still see many of its stars on the CTV schedule. Besides Hiccups, a sitcom announced last week about a children's author with anger management issues (starring Nancy Robertson and produced by Brent Butt), CTV announced today it is developing the comedy Dan For Mayor. The Toronto-based comedy stars Gas regular Fred Ewanuick as a small town bartender who is thrust into local politics. Mark Farrell (Corner Gas, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) is among the producers.
Now--what about a new comedy starring Gas geezers Erik Petersen and Janet Wright? Get on it, Jackass!