All that pom-pom waving seems to have paid off. Glee returned Tuesday night after a four month hiatus and enjoyed its biggest Canadian audience ever, with 2,120,000 tuning in according to BBM Canada overnight estimates.
Wednesday's Global release claims Glee (featuring Naya Rivera, right) beat CTV's American Idol in the 18-49-year-old demo nationally 1,268,300 to 1,049,600, with Glee trouncing Idol in Toronto 341,700 to 226,900 in the same demo. Idol, which draws a surprisingly high number of older viewers, still won the night overall with 2,731,000.
Global sez Glee is Canada's No. 1 new show and once the final season-long numbers are all in, they'll probably be right (although CBC's Battle of the Blades averaged over 1.7 million on Sunday's last fall, and Global pickup NCIS: Los Angeles is also in contention).
Glee also returned strong in the U.S. (where it followed Idol on Fox), winning its timeslot in households and demo and averaging close to 14 million in the overnight estimates. The actual audience number will rise once DVR and +3s and +7s are all factored in. The four month hiatus has not been so kind to dramas V and FlashForward in the States, where audience levels have fallen sharply (V pulled around 6 million U.S. last night).