Good move, CBC, ordering a full 20 episodes of Dragon’s Den this season. As the network noted today in a release, the venture capitalist reality series (featuring Kevin O’Leary, left) drew 1,956,000 viewers for its combined fourth and fifth season finale Wednesday night, according to the usual BBM Canada overnight PPM estimates.
The “Road to Riches” season ender, which gave the humble back stories on the five wealthy “dragons,” won its 9 p.m. timeslot, easily beating both Bones on Global and Criminal Minds on CTV. DD finishes the season with a hefty 1.75 million per episode average. Not surprisingly, CBC GM Kirstine Stewart announced all five dragons will be back again next fall. A new cross Canada round of auditions is already underway for folks who want to pitch their big business ideas to the (mostly) cranky zillionaires; go here for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day also brought the luck o’ the Irish to Republic of Doyle, which followed DD with an estimated 908,000 viewers Wednesday night--opposite American Idol. Oh yeah!