Unlikely shows make a big splash

Thanks to the (now resolved) writers strike, and a lack of new episodes for established hits like Grey's Anatomy and CSI, unlikely mid-season replacement programs have been bought up to fill the schedule.

CTV imported the first season of Showtime's edgy serial killer drama Dexter (#16) and scored with over 1.1 million viewers.

Over at Global, summer reality series Big Brother (#22, 28, 30) was rushed to the winter and drew almost a million viewers each night it aired.

Not everything has been clicking though — Global's purchase of HBO's polygamy drama Big Love is a flop on Thursday nights — failing to crack the top 30.


Source: BBM Nielsen Canada. This chart shows the top TV programs for all home market stations for the week indicated. Programs are ranked based on their average minute audience. The chart also indicates the broadcast outlet on which the program aired and the program’s start time (shown in Eastern Time).

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About Robert J. Ballantyne

Robert J.Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star.

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