'V' lands in Canada with big ratings

CTV simulcasts ABC alien drama Tuesday night

TORONTO -- The Canadian invasion of ABC's sci-fi drama "V" on Tuesday night turned into the top-rated new series for fall north of the border.

CTV netted 2.16 million total viewers as it simulcast the ABC bow, according to BBM Canada audience data.

The debut was the first of the current Canadian TV season to surpass 2 million viewers, after the CBC's competition series "Battle of the Blades" secured 1.99 million total viewers, and Global Television's debut of the Fox musical series "Glee" scooped 1.94 million viewers.

Global Television also secured 1.9 million total viewers for the opening episode of CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles," a Tuesday night spinoff from the "NCIS" series.

CTV said nearly 5 million Canadians saw some or all of "V's" bow, as the remake of 1980s alien encounters drama won the night among the adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 demos, as well as females/males 25-54 and males 18-49.