World Junior Hockey owns the week in ratings

The Canadian Junior Hockey Championships, which aired on TSN, has the highest ratings four nights of the week.

Here are the top-ranked shows in Canada (for all persons 2+; all times ET), according to BBM Canada, for Dec. 28 to Jan 3, 2010.

Monday: World Junior Hockey Championship (WJC) preliminary round on TSN at 4 p.m. attracted 2.530 million viewers on the first night of the preliminary championships. It shares the second spot of the week with its Tuesday and Thursday evening games. (Two and a Half Men on CTV was most popular the previous week with 1.569 million viewers.)

Tuesday: WJC hauled the same audience size of 2.530 million for the second night of preliminaries. (Global’s NCIS was most-watched the previous week with 1.871 million.)

Wednesday: CTV Evening News, anchored by Lloyd Robertson, attracted 1.594 million viewers for the week. (The news program had an almost identical audience size the previous week with 1.520 million viewers.)

Thursday: WJC attracted 2.530 million viewers for the hockey game on Thursday night. It was the second most-watched program of the week. (Canadian hockey ousted CTV Evening News, which was the top program on Christmas Eve with 1.520 million viewers.)

Friday: In line with the sports theme of the week, Hockey Night in Canada afternoon edition on CBC at 1 p.m. attracted 1.616 million viewers. (CTV National News at 11 p.m. was the highest rated show the previous week with 1.064 million viewers on Christmas Day.)

Saturday: Hockey Night in Canada Game #1 on CBC at 7 p.m. was the most popular of the night with 1.872 million viewers. (World Junior Hockey Championship on TSN had 2.521 million viewers the previous week.)

Sunday: WJC Playoffs on TSN was the highest-rated program of the week with 3.223 million viewers. CTV’s Desperate Housewives cracked the sports wall for the week, coming in at a close second on Sunday night with 1.872 million viewers. (CBC Sunday Evening Movie had 1.440 million viewers as the top program the previous Sunday.)