He shoots, he scores: last week's Rick Mercer Report topped all CBC prime time shows with 1,114,000 viewers, outdrawing even Saturday night staple Hockey Night in Canada (1,021,000).
Other Oct. 27-Nov. 2 winners (according to BBM NMR overnight estimates): Dragon's Den was up week-to-week (805,000), as was The Border (677,000), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (807,000), The Tudors (622,000), Nature of Things (431,000), fifth estate (641,000), Thursday's Doc Zone (429,000) and Sunday's Heartland (576,000). Air Farce: Final Flight was also up with 826,000 viewers, the network's third highest-rated prime time series for the week behind Mercer and HNiC despite a Friday night take off. Why is it being canceled again?
CBC's other big success story continues to be Jeopardy!, which drew 1,077,000 viewers in early prime for last Monday's episode. The National News continues to get a lift off the U.S. election, coming close to a million viewers last Tuesday night.
Trending down: those slumping Wednesday night comedies, Little Mosque on the Prairie (638,000) and Sophie (296,000). Maybe Sophie should have had Rick Mercer's baby. Or Don Cherry's. Or Alex Trebek's.
Other Canadian show numbers last week: Global's B.C.-based drama The Guard drew just 384,000 Wednesday night against CTV's CSI: NY (1,655,000). No wonder Guard guy Steve Bacic has already signed on for the new Global drama Lawyers, Guns & Money, to be shot in Hamilton, Ont. Luke Kirby (Tell Me You Love Me) and veteran Homicide and Shield director Clark Johnson also star.
So You Think You Can Dance Canada waltzed off with totals of 1,344,000 (Wednesday) and 765,000 (Thursday).
Corner Gas was a solid 1234, as in 1,234,000 viewers. Degrassi: The Next Generation continues to place last among all CTV shows, drawing just 328,000. Put in perspective, that's a Sophie number! School's out, kids!
Finally, The Simpsons' annual Treehouse of Horror episode was a Halloween treat Sunday night for Global, jumping to 1,317,000 viewers.