Corner Gas Animated debut draws 280K on overnights

The ratings haul makes the rebooted comedy property the most-watched Canadian series debut in the history of The Comedy Network.
Corner Gas

The premiere episode of the Corner Gas reboot proved to be a winner for The Comedy Network Monday night, becoming the most-watched Canadian series debut in the history of the channel.

Corner Gas Animated drew 280,000 preliminary overnight viewers, according to Numeris data provided by Bell Media, and was the number one entertainment specialty program in a number of demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54). The 13-part first season airs at 8 p.m. on Monday nights.

Bell Media first announced in December 2016 that it would remake the popular comedy series, seven years after its final season aired in 2009. The half-hour remake features many of the same cast as the original, including lead star and creator Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Nancy Robertson and Corrine Koslo.

The animated re-imagining of the show is executive produced by Butt and David Storey from Prairie Pantoons and Virginia Thompson from Moving Mountoons, in association with The Comedy Network. Animation work was handled by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons and Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios.

On top of the fact that the original six seasons drew consistently high ratings, Corner Gas has proven to be an enduring piece of intellectual property for Bell Media in other forms as well. In January 2015, the TV series received a feature-length remake, playing on more than 100 screens across Canada. During its eight-day run in cinemas, the film was seen by more than 60,000 Canadians and took $694,212 at the box office.

Corner Gas Animated is an inter-provincial copro produced by Prairie Pantoons (B.C.), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.