The Canadian Junior Men's team hockey victory at the World Junior Championships drew a whopping 3,692,000 viewers Monday night, blasting TSN to the top of the Canadian ratings.
Rubbed out along the boards was the much-heralded debut of CBC's Being Erica. Only 575,000 tuned in and only 201,000 25-54-year-olds, both less than The Border--already done for the season--regularly draws in that timeslot. (All figures BBM NMR overnight estimates.)
This likely won't stop CBC from promoting the time travel sitcom as Canada's new buzz show. But the real buzz was over at TSN, and the gold medal victory drowned out everything else on TV last night.
Things get no easier for Erica next week, with Fox/Global's 24 making its seventh season debut next Sunday/Monday after an entire year on the shelf.
CBC's relocated comedies, Little Mosque on the Prairie (612,000) and Sophie (323,000--of which only 80,000 was in the 25-54-year-old demo), did no better than what they manged to pull recently on Wednesday night. In fact, if you add up what the three CBC comedies did Monday night--Little Mosque, Sophie and Erica--it is less than the 1.5 million-plus Air Farce finale drew last Wednesday night.
Besides hockey, Erica got beat up by CTV's Two and a Half Men (991,000), a CBS simulcast that had been one of A channel's top draws. The bad news for CTV in this Monday makeover was the damage done to Corner Gas, pushed back to 9:30 and down to just 683,000 viewers last night, less than half the season average. This is no way for this steady Canadian success story to go out, although the Gas gang clearly got whacked by the same world junior hockey puck.
UPDATE: Yes, as many have pointed out, it was a repeat of Corner Gas. Never said it wasn't; that's still a low number for a Gas repeat. But my mistake suggesting the show was just moved to 9:30, it has been there a while. And look for Gas to blast back up over a million with a new episode (about New Year's resolutions) and no hockey competition next week.