CBC's new drama Republic of Doyle premiered to an overnight estimated 969,000 Wednesday night, a strong start for the Newfoundland-based detective series.
It had some help getting there. It's lead in, Dragon's Den, started the new year off with its second-biggest audience ever, 1,959,000, with 904,000 of those in the 25-54-year old range.
CBC's Wednesday night started strong with 1,112,000 catching Jeopardy! at 7:30. Daytime newcomers Steven And Chris and Best Recipes Ever scored 90,000 and 79,000 respectively. The Hour drew 121,000.
Doyle had some competition at 9, going up against The People's Choice Awards on Global, which pulled 1,953,000. Other potential Republicans were probably still watching the Leafs/Philly game on TSN, which scored 840,000 starting at 7 p.m.
CTV kept costs down with a rerun of Ocean's Thirteen, which paid 843,000. City found 495,000 watching Modern Family, with Cougar Town (featuring Courteney Cox's old Friends friend Lisa Kudrow) roaring to 617,000 at 10.
CTV's Evening News continues to sizzle, with 1,790,000 tuning in a 6 p.m. The National news race played out as usual, with CTV and Global neck and neck at 11 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with 1,268,000 and 1,253,000 and CBC getting little lift from a strong prime time lineup with 659,000 and 572,000 in the 10/10:25 timeslots.
TUESDAY NIGHT NUMBERS: TSN's amazing Junior Hockey Final tally of 5,285,000 (2,482,000 in the 25-54 demo) is all the more amazing considering the strong night Global had opposite it. NCIS did 2,215,000, NCIS Los Angeles 1,582,000 and The Good Wife delivered 1,133,000. CTV, coasting until the Olympics, sat out another night with a watched-out movie, Blades of Glory, which drew 503,000. That CTV Evening News, however, is unstoppable at 1,802,000.