Grey’s trounces House

The tables turned as CTV's surgeons leapt ahead of Global's resident grouch.

The medical staff at Seattle Grace Hospital turned the tables on Dr. Gregory House, as CTV’s Grey’s Anatomy became the most-watched show in prime time last week, hitting nearly 2.8 million (2+) viewers, compared with 1.6 million for House on Global.

The upset marked a sharp contrast to premiere week last month, when House grabbed a series-high 3.3 million viewers in its Tuesday 9 pm time slot versus 2.5 million for Grey’s, which airs Thursdays at 9 pm.

Meanwhile, Corner Gas remains a perennial favorite on Mondays at 9:30 pm for CTV, nabbing nearly 1.3 million on Oct. 15, narrowly outscoring Heroes on Global by 5,000. The superhero drama continues to dominate the key 18-49 demographic, however, topping Gas by 117%.

The reality series Dancing with the Stars, with 1.7 million viewers on Monday at 8 pm, had no competition from Global’s Prison Break last week because the gritty drama was pre-empted for baseball playoffs on US broadcaster Fox. It returned with a solid 1.3 million viewers this week, but was no match for Stars‘ two-million-strong showing.

The time-traveling drama Journeyman drew 600,000 viewers to Global at 10 pm on Oct. 15, down 200,000 from its premiere, while CSI: Miami held onto the 2.2 million viewers that tuned in for its first episode.

The offbeat drama Pushing Daisies, which recently got a full season order from US caster ABC, scored one million viewers on Tuesday at 8 pm, though it was bested by Global’s NCIS with 1.7 million viewers.

CTV continued its sweep of Wednesdays with Private Practice, Criminal Minds and CSI: New York, while Global comedies Back to You and ‘Til Death managed 680,000 and 585,000 viewers respectively. The new cop drama Life is struggling at 10 pm on Global, hitting a soft 464,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas and Ghost Whisperer are both drawing solid Friday night audiences to Global and CTV, garnering 1.1 million and 1.3 million viewers respectively. The freshman supernatural drama Moonlight hit a respectable 775,000 viewers in its 9 pm time slot on CTV, opposite Global’s Friday Night Lights with a mediocre 300,000.

Global rolled the five-part reality series Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? on Thursday at 9 pm, while the 12th season of the stalwart CBS series The Amazing Race premieres Sunday Nov. 4 at 8 pm on CTV.

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