American Idol dropped a million viewers in Canada in one night, clocking in at 2,080,000 Wednesday on CTV. The half hour time shift away from the Fox simulcast doesn't appear to the be the culprit; Buffalo Fox affiliate WUTV at 8 drew just 16,000 overnight, estimated viewers, according to BBM Canada, compared to CFTO's 382,000 Toronto take.
Idol in fact, was CTV's lowest-rated prime time series Wednesday night. Beating it was CSI: New York at 10 (2,472,000) and Criminal Minds at 9 (2,347,000).
CBC stayed in the game with another strong Dragon's Den outing (1,718,000). Republic of Doyle slipped to 715,000 in its second episode. Jeopardy! lost nothing opposite Idol with 1,090,000 viewers.
Global did specialty numbers with a rerun of House (716,000), Kitchen Nightmares (519,000) and Melrose Place (146,000).
City had a consistent night with Modern Family (580,000), Cougar Town (631,000) and The Jay Leno Show (438,000).
TSN's Calgary/Pittsburgh hockey game scored 524,000 viewers.