This just in from CTV, in a boastful press release. Boldface is mine:
For the second consecutive week, Canadian Idol remains the Tuesday night champ, pushing aside all the competition and notably, its much-hyped American simulcast competitors Rock Star: Supernova and The One: Making a Music Star.
Canadian Idol finished the night with 1.65 million viewers, growing 34 per cent from last week, and surpassing Rock Star (Global/CBS at 1.28 million) by 29 per cent and The One (ABC/CBC at 150,000) by one thousand per cent -- or 11 times its audience.
Seems to me CBC would have done better, and for less money, with reruns of the Ralph Benmergui Show.
Still waiting to see if any CBC managers go splat on the atrium floor.
Meanwhile, can this be poor sportsmanship?
During Monday night's preshow festivities in Toronto for the live taping of the reality show Canadian Idol, two mounted police, a cruiser and a police van descended on the scene. Apparently, police were responding to a "noise complaint" from across the street, where public broadcaster CBC looms over Idol's home base, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Police confirmed to the CTV crew that the complaint originated from a CBC staffer.