Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story scored 1,380,000 viewers Sunday according to BBM Canada overnight estimates. Part One of the two-part CBC bio-pic (starring Jared Keeso, right) was in tough at 8 p.m. against CBS/CTV powerhouse The Amazing Race (2,470,000) and at 9 strong newcomer Undercover Boss (1,658,000). On Global, Grapes faced off against The Simpsons (1,169,000), Family Guy at just under a million and The Celebrity Apprentice (1,333,000). Final numbers could change when totals are released in 10 days.
UPDATE: Monday's part two tally was 1.27 million viewers according to a CBC release. That beat overnight estimates on CTV 8 o'clock comedies Hiccups (713,000) and Dan For Mayor (736,000--although CTV suggested a few weeks ago that both there shows shoot up when you include three day+ PVR use) but not 9 o'clock imports Two and a Half Men (1,849,000) and The Big Bang Theory (2,080,000). Cherry topped a rerun of House on Global (1,047,000) and a new 24 at 9 (1,092,000). Another big factor in the mix at 8 was Dancing With the Stars on A (1,887,000). All in all, Grapes found a way to stand out in a crowd. "Don Cherry has been a beloved member of the CBC family for 30 years and it‘s wonderful to see that Canadians feel that same personal connection," said Kirstine Stewart, General Manager CBC Television.