More evidence that the new PPMs are big event friendly: CTV`s The Amazing Race (hosted by Phil Keoghan, left) drew 2,861,000 viewers Sunday night according to BBM Canada overnight estimates.
Race has always been a winner in Canada but Sunday`s season premiere was proportionally twice as successful in Canada as it was in the U.S. Not bad for a reality show competition Canadians can`t even enter.
Sunday was also a big night for Global`s slate of Fox animated sitcoms. The Simpsons kicked off its 20th season with 1,152,000 Global viewers. The debut of the Cleveland Show (11,010,000) and a very funny episode of Family Guy (1,257,000) were also `toon triumphs.
CTV also scored with the season premiere of Desperate Housewives (1,441,000) and the return of Cold Case (1,543,000).
America`s Funniest Home Videos is still a factor Sundays, drawing 626,000 on A. Murdoch Mysteries drew 236,000 on City. City`s new Conviction Kitchen arrested 169,000.
TONIGHT: Series debut Trauma (9/8c, NBC, City). Season premieres of Little Mosque on the Prairie (8/7c, CBC) and Lie To Me (9/8c, Fox and Global), Californication (10/9c, Showtime, The Movie Network/Movie Central).