Grey’s number one

CTV surgeons top a repeat episode of House, preempted because of baseball playoffs on Fox. Meanwhile, Corner Gas squeaks past Heroes, and Pushing Daisies hits one million

The surgeons and interns from Seattle Grace Hospital were a popular choice on the dial last week, as CTV’s drama Grey’s Anatomy was the most-watched show in primetime, hitting nearly 2.8 million (2+) viewers. Grey’s has the baseball playoffs to thank, since House, number one the previous week, was preempted by U.S. broadcaster Fox due to baseball pennant games, forcing Global to air a repeat episode. It nabbed 1.6 million viewers.

It marks a sharp contrast to premiere week last month, when House grabbed a series high 3.3 million viewers in its Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot versus 2.5 million for Grey’s, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Corner Gas remains a favorite on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. for CTV, nabbing nearly 1.3 million on Oct. 15, narrowly outscoring Heroes on Global by 5,000. The superhero drama continues to dominate the key 18-49 demographic, however, topping Gas by 117%.

Reality series Dancing with the Stars, with 1.7 million viewers on Monday at 8 p.m., had no competition from Global’s Prison Break last week, as the drama was preempted for baseball playoffs on U.S. broadcaster Fox. It returned with a solid 1.3 million viewers this week, but was no match for Stars’ two million-strong showing.

The time-traveling drama Journeyman drew 600,000 viewers to Global at 10 p.m. on Oct. 15, down 200,000 from its premiere, while CSI: Miami held on to the 2.2 million viewers that tuned in for its first episode.

The offbeat drama Pushing Daisies, which recently got a full season order from U.S. caster ABC, scored one million viewers on Tuesday at 8 p.m., though it was bested by Global’s NCIS with 1.7 million viewers.

CTV continued its sweep of Wednesdays with Private Practice, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY, while Global comedies Back to You and ‘Til Death managed 680,000 and 585,000 viewers, respectively. The new cop drama Life is struggling at 10 p.m. on Global, hitting a soft 464,000 viewers.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas and Ghost Whisperer are both drawing solid Friday night audiences to Global and CTV, garnering 1.1 million and 1.3 million viewers, respectively. The freshman supernatural drama Moonlight hit a respectable 775,000 viewers in its 9 p.m. timeslot on CTV, opposite Global’s Friday Night Lights with a mediocre 300,000.

Coming up, Global will roll out the five-part reality series Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? on Thursdays at 9 p.m., while the 12th season of the stalwart CBS series The Amazing Race premieres Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. on CTV.