Just 1,042,000 watched CTV's Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning Sunday, a new low for Kevin Sullivan's played out Gables' franchise. Worse, just 306,000 kindred spirits in the 25-54-year-old demo tuned in, according to overnight estimates from BBM/NMR.
That placed the poorly reviewed prequel/sequel a distant third nationally behind the finale of Global's Survivor: Gabon (the night's big winner at 1,819,000 total viewers, with over a million in the demo) and CBC's Sunday night Christmas combo Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (890,000/451,000) and The Polar Express (1,223,000/519,000). Even CBC's Sunday Night News (1,081,000/430,000) beat Anne, and even snuck past the CTV National News (1,380,000/320,000).
Sullivan's original 1985 Anne of Green Gables miniseries, starring Megan Follows, soared past the 5 million mark back in the day on CBC, ranking it as one of the most watched Canadian made TV-movies or miniseries ever.