The Amazing Race Canada premiere draws three million viewers

The competition series, which premiered Monday night on CTV, became the most watched Canadian program since the Corner Gas finale in 2009.
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The Amazing Race Canada raced out of the starting blocks Monday evening, becoming the most-watched Canadian program since the finale of Corner Gas in 2009, according to a release from Bell Media.

According to BBM data, the Canadian version of the American format drew in a total of three million viewers, and peaked at 3.5 million viewers when the eliminated team was announced, which also makes it the most watched series premiere for a Canadian or American series since CSI: NY premiered to an audience of 3.2 million in 2004.

The premiere delivered 1.4 million and 1.5 million viewers in the key adult aged 18 to 49 and adult aged 25 to 54 demos, respectively, earning it an audience share of more than 33% nationally, and more than 25% in all major markets.

The Amazing Race Canada hashtag, #RaceCDA also took off on Twitter and trended during the broadcast and into Tuesday, with more than 5,600 mentions in the 24 hours surrounding the premiere.

The homegrown version of the international franchise is produced by Toronto-based Insight Productions with support of series creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri’s Profiles Television. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are exec producing for Insight. Mark Lysakowski is supervising producer. Van Munster and Doganieri exec produce for Profiles Television.