CTV, CBC join fall race

Bones caps off a strong week for Global, as CTV readies So You Think You Can Dance Canada and Fringe.

The fall battle for eyeballs is heating up as Global, fresh off a strong premiere week, gets company from CTV and, to a lesser extent, CBC – which rolls out newly acquired game shows this week.

Crime drama Bones capped off premiere week for Global, averaging 1.6 million viewers for its season four opener last Wednesday. It was the largest premiere audience ever for the series, which followed on the heels of strong debuts for 90210 and Prison Break (all numbers 2+).

Global will unveil new seasons of dependable series including House and Survivor next week, while sister E! joins the party the week of Sept. 22 with new series including actioner Knight Rider and comedy Worst Week.

Meanwhile, CTV kicks off its fall season with the buzzed-about reality show So You Think You Can Dance Canada, which airs a special two-hour episode on Thursday. The broadcaster will wrap up summer reality series Canadian Idol on Wednesday, when the season six winner will be revealed.

CTV and A team up for a double simulcast of the new sci-fi series Fringe on Tuesday at 8 pm. The series will air in its regular 9 pm time slot beginning Sept. 16 on A.

Perennial favourites Dancing with the Stars, CSI Miami, CSI New York and Criminal Minds return to CTV the week of Sept. 22.

Like last year, CBC is holding off on premiering the new seasons of its dramas and comedies until US programs on the private networks have debuted. Shows including Dragon’s Den, The Border, The Tudors and Little Mosque on the Prairie won’t return until the end of the month.

CBC did roll out US game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! – acquired from CBS Paramount International Television after CTV gave them up – on Monday at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm respectively. Execs at the pubcaster hope the long-running shows, especially Jeopardy! , will help boost audiences for prime-time programs.

From Playback Daily