'Glee' a hit for Canada's Global Television

Strong ratings from two episodes of Fox musical comedy

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster Global Television has Canada's first fall hit TV series in "Glee."

The Canadian network has drawn two strong episodes from the Fox musical comedy, with the opener pulling in 1.7 million total viewers and the second episode 1.4 million total viewers, according to BBM Canada audience data. That's an impressive series launch in a Canadian market where 1 million denotes a hit series. In the 18-49 demo, the Fox series netted 937,000 viewers on its first outing and 816,800 in its second week.

And Global Television simulcasting the CBS lineup Tuesday nights with "NCIS" at 8 p.m., behind the rookie drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" at 9 p.m. and "The Good Wife" at 10 p.m. delivered big numbers for the Canadian network Tuesday night.

The seventh-season premiere of "NCIS" won the night for Global Television by posting 2.5 million total viewers at 8 p.m., opposite "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" on CTV.

The series premiere of spinoff "NCIS: LA" delivered 1.7 million total viewers, against the popular drama "The Mentalist" on CTV. And the female-skewing "The Good Wife" premiered at 10 p.m. on Global Television with 1.4 million total viewers, finishing just behind perennial favorite "Law & Order: SVU" on CTV, and ahead of newly launched "The Jay Leno Show" on CityTV.

And a two-hour Season 6 premiere of Fox's "House" pulled in 4.2 million viewers Monday night, making it the most-watched episode in the medical drama's history on Global Television.

Elsewhere, the return of Survivor in Samoa on Global Television on Thursday night at 8 p.m. night drew 3.1 million viewers in its season premiere against CW's "Vampire Diaries," the biggest season kickoff for the reality show in six seasons.

Barb Williams, executive vp content at Canwest Broadcasting, Canwest Global's Canadian broadcast arm, said the strong start to the fall season means conventional TV remains strong in the face of competition from domestic cable and pay TV channels.

"This says broadcast television is alive and well. When you put the right content on, in the right form, tons and tons of people are there to watch it. It's great to see that happening," Williams said Wednesday.
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