|Daddy-daughter Racers Gary & Mallory|
There were still plenty of viewers left over for the other networks Sunday night. CBC's family drama Heartland (below) galloped back at 7 with close to a million viewers. Much-hyped Battle of the Blades did an overnight, estimated 1.5 million at 8 for what was essentially a warm up show; the hockey/figure skating pairs will be introduced tonight at 8 p.m. on CBC.
The Simpsons proved as durable as ever, scoring 1,512,000 for its 22nd season premiere on Global—just a thousand more 2+ viewers than Blades but nearly twice as many in the 18-49-year-old demo. Family Guy also did a million plus for Global, with Brothers &Sisters (792,000) and The Cleveland Show (727,000) also in Global's steady Sunday mix.
Citytv's top show Sunday was the season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with an estimated 459,000 viewers. TSN had a strong Sunday, with 676,000 CFL fans catching the Edmonton/Argo tilt out East at noon and another 479,000 watching the NFL Sunday night game.
YTV saw 424,000 viewers celebrate the Next Star finale. The third episode of new Canadian supernatural drama Lost Girl was found by 185,000 at 7 and another 144,000 at 8:40 p.m. on Showcase.