Those new Portable People Meters had to have played a factor in rejuvenating CTV's Amazing Race this fall. The eight-year-old CBS reality series drew nearly 3.1 million viewers for Sunday night's finale according to BBM Canada overnight estimates.
CTV sent out a release Monday suggesting this finale outperformed the 2008 fall finale by 42%! Blond lovebirds Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney (above) crossed the finish line first for those still keeping score. CTV says season 15 averaged a whopping 2.68 million viewers a week. The PPMs have had a similar effect on Global's Survivor numbers this year, with that series turning back the clock to where ratings raged five years ago. Both shows tend to draw a family audience, with more moms and dads and sons and daughters being counted this season than under the old People Meters where each individual had to log in. The PPMs do all the counting for you, and also include sample viewers who may be watching shows like Survivor or The Amazing Race on sets belonging to friends and neighbours. Survivor's two hour season finale airs Dec. 20; both shows will be back with new editions in January.
OTHER SUNDAY NUMBERS: CBC's pony drama Heartland continues to gallop off with viewers, drawing 1,034,000 and topping all CBC shows on the night. The Penguin movie Happy Feet drew another 969,000 and one of those Eloise movies did 610,000 dressed up as a Disney Sunday Movie offering.
CTV did their usual 1,885,000 with Desperate Housewives and picked off 985,000 at 10 p.m. with a Flashpoint rerun. The interesting number was at 7 p.m.: Cold Case--hardly family viewing at that hour--drew 1,015,000, about four times the number CTV has been getting this season in that timeslot with back-to-back Degrassi.
Global stayed in the hunt Sunday with lower than average scores on its Fox animated comedies like The Simpsons (678,000) and Family Guy (872,000). Brothers & Sisters did 725,000. All repeats? I'm thinking yes.
City found 627,000 for Extreme Makeover Home Edition. A channel drove off with 434,000 Italian Job fans. A bunch of NFL games did OK--Dallas/Giants 633,000 at 4 p.m. on City; another 610 watched a few games CTV carried in different markets Sunday afternoon and 518,000 saw Arizona spoil Farve's day on TSN in the evening tilt. That was a few thousand less than watched curling on TSN earlier in the day. All of these totals include the U.S. border channel numbers in their totals and all are PPM numbers. All are also less than what TSN was drawing for CFL games as the season in that league wound down.
THE SATURDAY NUMBER: Hockey Night in Canada slumped to its lowest number of the season, with 1,453,000 tuning in to see Kessel look ordinary as the Leafs lost to his old team, Boston. Where did those Leaf fans go? They weren't watching a rerun of last year's Anne of Green Gables movie, which did 388,000 at 8 Saturday night on CTV.
FRIDAY NUMBERS: A rare Friday night edition of Hockey Night in Canada maybe stole some of Saturday's thunder. The pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. (1,203,000) actually outdrew the Montreal Canadiens 100th Anniversary Game (1,101,000). CTV buried a Beatles special on a Friday night and still had 804,000 viewers to twist and shout about. Global had a full slate of shows that flirted with the half million mark.