Global's long awaited cop show Rookie Blue (starring Missy Peregrym, left) blew out of the gate Thursday night, scoring an overnight estimated 1,811,000 viewers across Canada. That made it the No. 1 show in Canada on the night, beating lead-in Wipeout (1,271,000) and all comers on the other channels, including CTV's timeslot rival So You Think You Can Dance (1,116,000) and reruns of CTV cop show imports The Mentalist (1,565,000) and CSI (1,436,000).
CBC scored their biggest audience Thursday at 9:45 in the morning with a key World Cup match, as Slovakia defeated Italy. An estimated 1,137,000 watched that game.
Rookie Blue got off to a solid summer start Stateside, with an estimated 7.25 million checking the made-in-Toronto series out on ABC. That ranked it third on the night behind that repeat of The Mentalist and a fresh Wipeout in total viewers. Check the full Thursday night U.S. ratings story here.