By the time this season is over, Dragon's Den may emerge as CBC's highest rated show--ahead of Battle of the Blades, the Rick Mercer Report, even Hockey Night in Canada.
The venture capital series, featuring prickly dragon Kevin O`Leary, drew 1,678,000 viewers Wednesday night according to BBM Canada overnight estimates.
Up against high powered imports on CTV and Global, it was a good night overall for CBC with six of the Top 20 shows. Besides No. 4 overall Dragon's Den, there was older-skewing gamers Jeopardy! (No. 13 at 901,000) and Wheel of Fortune (14 with 854,000), The Tudors (16 at 791,000), Coronation Street (17 with 772,000) and No. 20 The National, up to 697,000 viewers at 10 p.m.
CTV scored the top show of the night and likely the week with Criminal Minds (2,943,000) followed by No. 2 CSI: NY (2,663,000). Global's top show of the night was Bones at 2,213,000. CTV's hugely popular local evening news (1,675,000) and National News at 11 (1,350,000) led all newscasts.
Global`s Glee was the top rookie on the night, earning seventh spot in 2+ with 1,301,000 viewers and climbs to fifth in the 25-54 demo. CTV`s So You Think You Can Dance Canada finished in ninth on the night with 1,208,000 for the results show.
Citytv`s three new comedies, Modern Family, Cougar Town and The Jay Leno Show, all clocked in the 355k-390k range.
Melrose Place may not last long enough for Heather Locklear to save it this time, tumbling down to 282,000 viewers on Global Wednesday night.
TSN scored with an Edmonton-Chicago hockey game, with 697,000 tuning in at 8:30.