Tuesday's Rick Mercer Report on CBC soared to 1,548,000 viewers according to overnight estimates--a record high for the series. Maybe it had something to do with Mercer's spot-on rant about those creepy attack ads being run by the Conservatives:
Mercer's latest success lifted follow-up 8:30 comedy InSecurity to its highest level in three weeks at 523,000 viewers (according to overnight estimates). Opposite, on CTV, a repeat of No Ordinary Family at 8 languished at 720,000 viewers. Global's 8 p.m. movie ("Casino Royale") did just 714,000. CTV and Global combined at 8 did not equal CBC's take with Mercer.
Sure, U.S. president Barack Obama's State of the Union speech played havoc with the private network's simulcast numbers, but that wasn't a head-to-head factor until 9 p.m. No new Glee meant gloom for Global, and reruns cut into CTV's ratings. A Toronto/Tampa Bay game on TSN drew 828,000 starting at 7:30.
The news was less buoyant for CBC Monday night when both Little Mosque (415,000) and 18 to Life (245,000) continued a four week slide.