'Glee' enjoys fall success on Canadian TV

Canuck broadcast ratings were up industrywide in the fall

TORONTO -- That cult following behind Fox's scripted dramedy "Glee" has given Canadian broadcaster Global Television its best prime time showing in a half-dozen years, even as rival CTV remains Canada's ratings magnet.

The high school drama was Global's No. 1 new show in its key 18-49 demo, according to BBM Canada data, enabling the network on Monday to report its primetime audience rose 48% during the just-concluded fall 2009 season.

That said, Canadian broadcast ratings were up industry-wide in fall 2009, thanks to PPM meters.

In the 18-49 demo, Global had the season's big hit in Fox's "House" with an average 1.78 million viewers, followed by ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" on rival CTV with 1.58 million average viewers, and CBS' "Survivor: Samoa" on CTV in third place with 1.52 million viewers, according to BBM Canada PPM Meter data.

"Glee" made it to ninth place in the 18-49 demo with just over 1 million average viewers, the threshold for a hit series in the Canadian market.

In the 25-54 demo, the top new show in fall 2009 was ABC's alien drama "V" on CTV at No. 11 in the top 20 list, just missing the top 10.

In the 2+ total viewer category, CTV held 7 of the top-ten places with returning hits like all three series in CBS' "CSI" franchise, ABC's "The Amazing Race" and CBS' "The Mentalist" in tenth place.

CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles" on Global was the top-rated new show in the over 2+ category, while CBS' Canadian-made cop drama "Flashpoint" was the most-watched non-sports Canadian program on CTV with an average 1.81 million viewers.

The CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" pulled into 17th place in total viewers with 1.86 million viewers on Saturday nights.