Shrek the Halls becomes Instant Holiday Classic with 2.1 million viewers on CTV

Mike Myers and Brent Butt delivered a double dose of holiday cheer to Canadians last night when Shrek The Halls and Corner Gas became the Top 2 entertainment programs on Canadian television. The Shrek The Halls/Corner Gas power hour bested House (1.2 million, Global/FOX) by 58%.

Canadian viewers got their holiday ogre on last night as an out-of-simulcast Shrek the Halls at 8 p.m. on CTV won the timeslot and the night for CTV with 2.1 million viewers, data from BBM Nielsen Research confirms today. An instant contemporary holiday classic, Shrek the Halls won all key demos in its timeslot and was the most-watched program of the evening, peaking at nearly 2.5 million viewers. The half-hour special will be rebroadcast Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

At 8:30 p.m., an encore broadcast of the Merry Gasmas shenanigans of the residents of Dog River was the most-watched Corner Gas episode of the year on CTV with 1.7 million viewers. The #2 entertainment program of the night last night, the Canadian Christmas classic will be rebroadcast Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

At 9 p.m., more Canadians watched a special CTV broadcast of an encore episode of Two and a Half Men (1.7 million viewers) than the fall season finale of Heroes (1.36 million; Global/NBC). Two and Half Men was the #1 program of the night for A25-54 with 1.034 million viewers.

Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

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