Over five million tune in to World Junior Hockey playoffs

The Canadian hockey championships, which aired on TSN, had the highest ratings on Tuesday night, with the post-game show in second place, attracting three million viewers. Desperate Housewives won the Sunday night ratings game with 1.864 million viewers.

Here are the top-ranked shows in Canada (for all persons 2+; all times ET), according to BBM Canada, for Jan. 4 to 10, 2010.

Monday: Two and a Half Men on CTV at 9 p.m. takes back the night from hockey with 1.837 million viewers. (World Junior Hockey Championship (WJC) playoffs on TSN attracted 2.530 million viewers on the first night of the preliminary championships the previous week.)

Tuesday: World Junior Hockey Championships (WJC) ended the season with 5.265 million at-home spectators tuning in at 8 p.m. Tuesday night was the most popular of the week for couch-surfers – 3.024 million tuned in to the post-game show at 10:40 p.m. on TSN, and 2.215 million watched CTV’s NCIS at 8 p.m. in third place. (WJC playoffs game was most-watched the previous week with 2.530 million viewers.)

Wednesday: CBC’s Dragon’s Den debuted to 1.996 million viewers as the top program of the night. (It ousted CTV Evening News which attracted 1.594 million viewers the previous week.)

Thursday: CTV Evening News at 6 p.m. won back the top spot this week with 1.795 million viewers. (WJC attracted 2.530 million viewers the previous week.)

Friday: CTV Evening News hauled the same audience back for its Friday evening broadcast at 8 p.m. (CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada was the most popular program the previous week with 1.616 million viewers.)

Saturday: Hockey Night in Canada Game #1 on CBC at 7 p.m. attracted 1.755 million viewers. (The program was also most-watched the previous week with 1.872 million viewers.)

Sunday: Desperate Housewives on CTV at 9 p.m. had an audience of 1.864 million as the top program of the night. (WJC playoffs on TSN had the highest ratings the previous week with 3.223 million viewers.)