CBC scores big ratings boost in premiere week of 2010 season

CBC-TV’s prime time shows drew impressive ratings in the first week of the new Fall season, with several programs posting significant increases over last year’s audience numbers, the network reported today.

“CBC has debuted its Fall season to growing numbers, proving that once again our network is the destination for people who want great Canadian programs,” said Kirstine Stewart, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services. “We’re thrilled that audiences are tuning in to support the talented actors, writers and production crews of the Canadian television industry.”

Among the week one highlights:

Anticipation was clearly high for the season two premiere of Battle of the Blades, a special Game On episode, with an audience of more than 1.5 million Canadians, with a total reach of 3.4 million – roughly one in ten Canadians – tuning in.

Dragons’ Den premiered to an audience of almost 1.6 million, an increase of 18% over last season’s premiere.

Despite going up against the strong premiere of Glee on Global, the Rick Mercer Report premiered with an audience of 1.22 million, up 12% over last year’s season average of 1.09 million. 

Drama series Heartland and The Tudors both premiered to audiences of almost one million viewers.

22 Minutes premiered to an audience of 818,000, 30% above the 2009/10 season average of 630,000. 

The fifth estate also posted a major increase over last year’s premiere, with the season opener (“Above Suspicion”) earning an audience of 641,000 – up 38% from the 2009 Fall premiere.

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