CTV wins Wednesday with legal dramas

Criminal Minds tops the night with 2.64 million total viewers, teeing up The Defenders for a 1.9 million-viewer debut.

CTV took Wednesday night with CBS’s Criminal Minds returning at 9 p.m. with 2.64 million total viewers, and a handy lead-in for the CBS freshman legal drama The Defenders at 10 p.m. with 1.9 million viewers, according to BBM Canada PPM data.

Criminal Minds’ nearest competitor was ABC’s Modern Family on Citytv, racking up just over 1 million viewers.

Rival Global Television had reason to crow with 2.5 million viewers for the second episode of Survivor: Nicaragua, indicating that the reality franchise still has legs.

On the homefront, the CBC’s season premiere of Dragons’ Den at 8 p.m. grabbed 1.6 million viewers, and CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada performance show at 8 p.m. secured 1.11 million viewers, up 6% from a week-earlier 1.05 million.

Global Television’s Shattered at 10 p.m. continued to make little noise with a modest 423,000 viewers.