Gas has finally gone down in recent weeks. No, not at the pump (although why not? The barrel price keeps dropping). I'm talking ratings for CTV's soon-to-depart sitcom Corner Gas.
A new episode scored 782,000 Total CTV viewers this Monday night according to BBM/NMR overnight estimates.
That would make Monday's episode the first original to miss that million mark in the series' six year history.
Bouncing Gas back and forth between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. hasn't helped this season. Announcing it is over may have affected the total too. Not that long ago, Corner Gas was the highest rated sitcom--American or Canadian--on Canadian TV. Monday it lost a fat chunk off it`s Two and a Half Men lead (1,162,000 in the BBM "commercial" tally; slightly higher in the CTV "total").
The big winner Monday night was a red hot House at 8, with Global scoring 2,421,000 viewers thanks to the cranky MD. They saw another fine episode, especially the final minutes, with Hugh Laurie providing a sweet piano accompaniment to scenes of love and tenderness on the Cuddy and Thirteen front.
Across Canada, House hammered CTV's CBS comedies Big Bang Theory (612,000) and Gary Unmarried (329,000+).
Global has a big night overall, with 24 pulling 1,223,000 at 9 following House. Heroes at 10 sank to 577,000 viewers against a repeat of CSI: Miami on CTV (1,224,000+).
CBC had a typical Monday with Little Mosque (616,000), Sophie (286,000) and Just for Laughs (482,000) all dropping off after Jeopardy! (940,000).
Siphoning off Gas viewers Monday night is City-TV's suddenly hot again The Bachelor. It finished second to 24 in the Toronto market at 9:30 with 289,000 viewers, well ahead of Corner Gas's "commercial" Toronto total of 127,000.