Elvis Costello has said this season of Spectacle will be his last. Too busy, he reports, although CTV is probably OK with that. Friday's second season premiere, featuring U2, drew just 350,000 viewers.
Costello got run over by Santa's sleigh over at CBC, where 1,351,000 were watching The Santa Clause 2 according to overnight estimates from BBM Canada. "Polar" opposite lead-ins boosted the CBC National News closer to CTV's tally than since Mansbridge stopped sitting, with CBC at 10 getting 671,000 vs. CTV at 11's 924,000. Both were bested by Global National's 1,029,000 at 5:30.
Last Thursday, the numbers were decidedly reversed, with CBC striking out with a prime time Steven & Chris special (390,000) and a weak Border (435,000). CTV ran the table with Big Bang (938,000), CSI (2,618,000) and The Mentalist (2,171,000). Result: CBC News at 10: 486,000, CTV News at 11 1,214,000.
Global beat everything and everybody Thursday night with another strong Survivor (2,775,000). A channel stayed on the fringes with Fringe (497,000), while City found 355,000 home for 30 Rock. TSN drew more than twice that with curling (800,000).
SATURDAY NUMBERS: Hockey Night in Canada (Leafs vs. Capitals), 1,758,000. Game 2 (Vancouver vs. Minn.), 818,000. CTV's It's Wonderful Life: 835,000. Global's Saturday Night Live (495,000) at 11:30 beat the combined total of all of their Saturday prime time shows, including reruns of Melrose Place (102,000) and The Jane Show (55,000).
SUNDAY NUMBERS: The Christmas network had plenty to Ho-Ho-Ho about with CBC drawing 1,478,000 with The Santa Clause: The Escape Clause at 7 followed by a 45-year-old Rudolph Rankin-Bass special (1,203,000) and that creepy, dead-eyed Bi-Polar Express movie at 9 (887,000). CTV missed The Amazing Race and Desperate Housewives but stayed competitive with Transformers (1,277,000) and Oprah/Obama (1,259,000). Global rolled with their usual Simpsons (834,000) Family Guy (714,000) one-two.