Rookie Blue beats Due South?

The latest record breaker: Rookie Blue is not only the most-watched Canadian TV show this year, it's also the highest-rated Canadian TV show in two decades, besting CTV's 1990s police drama Due South.
Rookie Blue

The latest record breaker: Rookie Blue is not only the most-watched Canadian TV show this year, it’s also the highest-rated Canadian TV show in two decades, besting CTV’s 1990s police drama Due South.

So says Global Television, which developed Rookie Blue before ABC came on board to co-produce the series alongside Thump Inc and Entertainment One.

Rookie Blue, which is shot in Toronto, debuted on June 24 on Global Television and immediately drew around two million viewers here.

Rookie Blue has since won 10 of the last 11 weeks in its competitive Thursday night 9 p.m. time slot, the broadcaster said.

Averaging 1.8 million viewers each week, Global Television added Rookie Blue has now surpassed Due South’s inaugural season in 1994, which averaged 1.7 million viewers.

ABC found similar audience success with Rookie Blue, which airs in the traditional slot for the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.

ABC and Global Television have ordered a second season of the cop drama.