That Jeopardy IBM infomerical was a hit (featuring Alex Trebek, Ken Jennings, Watson and Brad Rutter, above), topping two million viewers per day on CBC over the three-day challenge. Look for Jennings, Watson and Rutter next season on Survivor: Deduction Island.
Two and a Half Men, Survivor, American Idol the new Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory all also had big weeks. A look at Feb. 14-20, 2011, across Canada, overnight 2+ estimates:
Why does CBS tolerate Charlie Sheen? Big numbers for Two and a Half Men, that's why. The sitcom drew close to two-and-a-half-million overnight, estimated CTV viewers Monday night (2,405,000), topping everything else in Canada on this day. CTV saw ratings dip in Week Two for Matthew Perry's new rink comedy Mr. Sunshine (1,129,000), with new fellow Canuck Tyler Labine's new rom-com Mad Love premiering at 1,449,000. Mike & Molly expanded to 1,858,000 at 9:30. Castle crowned CTV's night with 1,746,000.
Global likes Mondays, too. House stood tall at 2.1 million+. Jennifer Beals' new Fox cop show The Chicago Code arrested 1,351,000. Hawaii FIVE-O remained consistently strong with 1,673,000 viewers.
That brain-bot Watson helped boost Jeopardy! to 1,862,000 to start last week. Not that it helped Little Mosque (485,000), 18 to Life (246,000) or Village on a Diet (359,000).
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CTV had an ordinary night with No Ordinary Family (966,000), Law & Order: SVU (1,032,000) and The Listener (884,000).
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Global had to be glad to see Russell and Boston Rob back on Survivor. The well hyped Redemption Island premiere drew an overnight, estimated 2,659,000 viewers Wednesday, nudging past CTV's two hour American Idol take (2,633,000). As the Global PR team was quick to point out, the demo tally tilted even more in their favour. Survivor won 1,396,000 to 1,175,000 among 25-54-year-olds. Global sez they beat Idol by 28% in 18-49s and skunked everybody in Toronto and Vancouver.
All of which makes CBC's 8 p.m. take for Dragon's Den all the more impressive: close to 1.6 million viewers.
Republic of Doyle's numbers stayed strong at 9 with 843,000. Not bad opposite the premiere of CTV's new crime import Criminal Minds: Extra F'd Up Behaviour, which opened to 2,468,000.
Global followed Survivor with out-of-simulcast NCIS (678,000)and medical drama Off The Map (1,044,000). That final robot Jeopardy! tally? What is 2,035,000. A good week for IBM.
Forget Survivor and American Idol--The Big Bang Theory is still the biggest show in Canada. The CBS comedy drew 3,462,000 to CTV Thursday night, with close to 2 million of those in the 25-54-year-old demo.
It was all part of a dominant night for CTV, starting with CSI at 7 (1,179,000) then S#*! My Dad Says (2,639,000), Grey's Anatomy (2,537,000) and The Mentalist (2,704,000) following Big Bang.
Global weathered the night with Wipeout (1,037,000) and Bones (1,238,000). The Office, which is slumping in the States (that Thursday night NBC comedy block is tanking) did just 412,000 on Global.
Jeopardy! said bye-bye-brainiacs and answer-bot and half the audience went with them. Just 1,048,000 tuned in to CBC Thursday to see the start of the Teen Tournament. A rare Thursday night hockey game drew 703,000.
CTV crime dramas The Defenders (1,404,000), Blue Bloods (1,880,000) and CSI: New York (1,769,000) swept Friday as usual.
Marketplace continues to grab a fair share of the TV market on Fridays, attracting 923,000 viewers. A RMR repeat drew 629,000, followed by the fifth estate (475,000).
Global also airs programs on Fridays, including Haven (268,000).
Hockey Night in Canada Game One: 2,283,000. No wonder CBC renewed Don Cherry's contract.
Speaking of Grapes, he was back Sunday night for CBC's coverage of the Heritage Classic game in Calgary. Flames beat Habs 4-0, CBC scored 2,078,000 Sunday night viewers.
Otherwise things were pretty much back to normal on the private networks. CTV ran the table with Undercover Boss at 7 (1,479,000) followed by the premiere of the 18th (and first in Hi-Def) edition of The Amazing Race (2,664,000). Then it was Desperate Housewives (1,641,000) at 9, out-of-simulcast CSI Miami at 10 (1,680,000).
The Simpsons delivered their steady million-plus for Global (1,081,000), with Family Guy close behind (887,000). Bob's Burgers (535,000), The Cleveland Show (501,000) and Brothers & Sisters (609,000) were also rans.