Hot in Cleveland steams up

The new Betty White show marks the net's highest-rated comedy debut since Hiccups and Dan for Mayor.

If someone asked you six months ago who one of the hottest ratings draws on TV would be in 2010, would you have said 88-year-old Betty White?

Probably not. But you never know where buzz will bubble up, and right now Betty is riding a white-hot wave of popularity.

Following her ratings-boosting hosting of Saturday Night Live this May, White’s latest sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, drew 1.8 million viewers on CTV Monday night, on par with the debut of CTV comedies Hiccups and Dan For Mayor, which drew 1.9 million each for their first episodes in March.

Also starring Valerie Bertinelli, the show follows four women who accidently end up in Ohio en route to Paris and wind up staying and renting a home from an eccentric landlord (White). It airs on Monday nights at 8 p.m. (non-simulcast) on the CTV main network. As reported earlier, it debuted in the US on TV Land to 4.75 million viewers.