'Idol' worship just as strong in Canada

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TORONTO -- Fox's "American Idol" is once again dominating the Canadian winter TV season.

Toronto-based CTV Friday said that the reality show, now in its seventh season, was the top-rated Canadian TV show for the Dec. 17-Feb. 3 period, averaging nearly 3 million viewers since its Jan. 15 debut, according to BBM/Nielsen Media Research figures.

The season opener for "Idol" peaked at 3.1 million total viewers, according to BBM Nielsen Media Research, down from the 2007 series bow and its peak of 3.6 million viewers.

But the seventh season ratings have since trended upward, CTV said, with a season average to date that now stands at 2.78 million total viewers, compared with 2.69 million last year.

By time slots, Fox's "American Idol" has drawn an average 2.98 million total viewers on Tuesday nights, and an average 2.72 million viewers on Wednesdays.

"American Idol" also averages 42% more viewers than the next-highest-rated program on Canadian television, CBS' "CSI Miami," which has averaged 2.09 million total viewers during the current winter TV season.

Other performers on Canadian TV this season include ABC's "Criminal Minds," with a season average of 1.97 million total viewers, and CBS' "CSI: New York" with 1.9 million viewers.
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