Friday, January 22, 2010

Strong CTV Slate Swarms Republic of Doyle

Wednesday is proving to be a crowded night to bust out of for the Republic of Doyle. The new CBC P.I. drama, starring Allan Hawco and Sean McGinley, left), is in tough up against a powerful night of established hits on CTV.
Republic of Doyle arrested an overnight, estimated 685,000 viewers Wednesday night, down from 715,000 the week before and 969,000 for its premiere. Ratings usually settle in by a series' fourth episode and the one next Wednesday is a beaut, with Newfoundland native Sean Doyle guest starring as a local baddie out for revenge.
Doyle dropped almost a million viewers from its strong CBC lead-in, Dragon's Den, which drew an estimated 1,645,000 viewers.
CTV's monster night began at 8 with Canada's No. 1 show, American Idol (3,191,000), then Criminal Minds opposite Doyle at 9 (2,736,000) followed by CSI: New York at 10 (2,305,000).
A Canadiens game on TSN also ate into the Doyle take with 488,000 viewers. Doyle still did better than anything on Global, which aired yet another rerun of House (592,000) followed by Kitchen Nightmares (490,000) and the premiere of the new ABC young lawyer series The Deep End (falling off the deep end with 241,000 viewers).
City has found a steady, loyal audience for the already renewed for next season Wednesday night comedies Modern Family (574,000) and Cougar Town (427,000) and saw ratings for the soon-to-depart Jay Leno Show inch up slightly to 399,000 viewers.
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