'Howie Do It' sees lucky 7's in debut

Draws 770,000 in Canada, 7.7 mil in U.S.

TORONTO -- The homegrown hits on Canadian TV just keep coming.

The Canadian-U.S. co-venture "Howie Do It," a hidden camera prank show hosted by Howie Mandel, drew a promising 770,000 viewers for Global Television on Friday night at 8 p.m., according to BBM Nielsen Media Research.

The series also bowed simultaneously stateside on NBC, Global Television's producing partner, where it garnered 7.7 million viewers.

Also Friday night, CTV saw the Canadian cop drama "Flashpoint" return with new episodes, winning the night with 1.27 million total viewers, proportionally higher than the CBS simulcast that drew 10.1 million viewers in the 9 p.m. slot.

In a Canadian market where 1 million viewers spells primetime success, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. last week debuted its Tuesday night soap "Wild Roses" to a competitive 627,000 viewers.
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