Grey's Anatomy beats Survivor

CTV continues to dominate premiere week on Canadian television, taking Thursday with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy and now laying claim to three out of four nights this week. Topping Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy was the most-watched program on television Thursday, leading CTV to rank five out of the Top 6 shows:

At 9 p.m., the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy on CTV delivered 2.6 million viewers, up 48% compared to last year and including 1.42 million viewers in the key A18-49 demo. Head-to-head, Grey’s almost tripled the audience for The Office (NBC/Global, 886,000) and was No. 1 in the timeslot in both Toronto/Hamilton (654,000) and Vancouver (383,000).

Grey’s won the night over Survivor, which dropped to 2.45 million viewers. Head-to-head at 8 p.m., CSI was No. 1 in Toronto/Hamilton out of simulcast on CTV (540,000), besting Survivor (427,000) in simulcast on CBS/Global by 26%. Nationally, CSI was in a statistical dead-heat with Survivor, attracting 2.4 million viewers, including 1.1 million viewers A18-49 and ending as the No. 3 show of the night.

At 10 p.m., the series debut of Big Shots on CTV attracted 1.13 million viewers, landing the show at No. 5 for the night. Big Shots was up 45% over Shark (CBS/Global, 780,000) nationally and bested Shark in both Toronto/Hamilton and Vancouver.

Out of simulcast, ER drew nearly a million viewers (907,000) at 7 p.m. on CTV.

The Top 6 programs on Canadian television last night:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (2,592,000)
2. Survivor (2,452,000)
3. CSI (2,406,000)
4. CTV Evening News (1,444,000)
5. Big Shots (1,130,000)
6. ER (907,000)

Data quoted represents total viewers (2+) for CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

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