The Kids in the Hall managed to survive a crowded night, drawing over a million viewers for the premiere of their kooky new CBC comedy miniseries, Death Comes To Town.
The big draw Tuesday night, of course, was American Idol, pulling 3,167,000 for the ninth season premiere on CTV. That's a jump of about a million viewers year-to-year according to the CTV PR dept., another big numbers lift brought to you by BBM Canada's new Portable People Meters.
The PPM's seem to energize big event, live programming in Canada more than any other genre. American Idol returned strong in the U.S., but was only up slightly there over last season, averaging 29.78 million viewers over the two hour premiere.
The scripted winners Tuesday night in Canada were NCIS on Global (2,147,000), Law & Order: SVU on CTV (1,658,000) and The Good Wife (1,029,000).
Despite the big guns on the private networks, CBC had a very strong night, with early imports Jeopardy! (!,182,000) and Wheel of Fortune (1,126,000) joining Rick Mercer Report (1,070,000) and Kids in the Hall (1,054,000) in the million+ club. 22 Minutes was also above average for the season, clocking 785,000.
The Jay Leno Show was stronger than average again Tuesday at 442,000 on City, where The Biggest Loser (656,000) was their biggest winner.
In local late night ratings, in the Toronto area at least, Conan O'Brien did not get much of a spike despite all that publicity. Here's how they stacked up at 11:35: The Hour (CBLT, 48,000). Conan (CKVR, 24,000) and Letterman (OMNI1, 18,000).