V stood for victory Tuesday night as CTV rode the Vancouver lensed sci-fi remake to the top of the ratings. The ABC series beamed aboard 2,157,000 viewers, the biggest opening of any new show so far this season (topping CBC's Battle of the Blades 1.99 million opener). And while Global's reliable NCIS still won the night overall with 2,193,000 viewers, V drew more younger viewers, winning 1,133,000 to 905,000 in the 25-54-year-old demo. (All figures BBM Canada overnight estimates.)
The series also opened strong in the U.S., with around 14 million tuning in on ABC and winning its timeslot among 18-49-year-olds.
Other Tuesday winners: Dancing with the Stars results on CTV (1,843,000), The CTV Evening News (1,777,000) and NCIS: Los Angeles on Global (1,655,000). CTV's still potent Law & Order: SVU did 1,598,000. The CTV National News was up to 1,367,000. Global's Good Wife earned 1,279,000, followed by Global National at 5:30 with 1,236,000. CBC's top show on the night was Jeopardy!, with the Teen Tourney pulling in 1,021,000.
Tuesday's Rick Mercer Report made 927,000. Citytv's biggest draw was The Biggest Loser at 744,000. TSN was in the game with a Rangers at Vancouver tilt (686,000).
Down the list, 22 Minutes clocked 596,000. The National stood at 556,000 at 10 and 452,000 at 10:25.
Way down, below Etalk (522,000), Dr. Phil (494,000), Regis & Kelly (457,000) and SpongeBob on YTV (451,000) was Being Erica at 447,000.