The first round of the NHL hockey playoffs is giving some of Canada’s regularly scheduled programs hiccups.
In particular, the new Monday night at 8 CTV sitcom pair Hiccups and Dan For Mayor were bodychecked down to series lows opposite playoff games on two other channels. Monday’s BBM Canada overnight estimates saw both Hiccups and Dan dip well below the half-million mark nationally, a first for new episodes of each. The Total BBM tally, which includes PVR viewing, will be higher, but still—these are shows that opened to close to 2 million viewers each in overnights.
It was the Canadian NHL team playoff games opposite that did the most damage. CBC’s 7 p.m. Sabres at Bruins tilt drew just 621,000, but TSN’s Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals game pulled 1,254,000 to the sports specialty channel. A late Monday CBC game, Vancouver at Los Angeles, bounced up to an overnight, estimated 1,696,000.
Hiccups and Dan already have their hands full Mondays at 8 opposite Global’s House (close to 2 million viewers). CTV’s red hot 9 p.m. comedy imports, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, were down but certainly not out vs. hockey with totals in the 1.5 to 1.7 million range. Global`s 24 held steady at 9 with its usual 1.2 million.