Degrassi Holds Its Own

by: Marise Strauss
May 15, 2007

Degrassi: The Next Generation ended its sixth season on Monday, drawing a respectable 520,000 viewers to its finale at 9:30 p.m. ET on CTV despite airing opposite CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, with 1.9 million, and Global’s 24, which grabbed over 1.2 million.

The teen drama managed a season-to-date average of 522,000, though it was bounced from its Wednesday timeslot following American Idol to Mondays after Dancing with the Stars on April 9. The numbers are down from season five, when it garnered an average of 767,000 viewers. Epitome Pictures is currently in production on a 24-episode seventh season.

Monday also saw the season ender of CSI: Miami, which nabbed a solid 2.2 million viewers on CTV at 10 p.m. ET. The second installment of the CSI franchise drew an average 2.5 million viewers for its fifth season.

Over on Global, the three-hour Survivor: Fiji finale — in which advertising executive Earl Cole was named the winner — also aired to 2.2 million viewers, besting the second-to-last episode of the season of CTV’s Desperate Housewives, which had an average viewership of 1.7 million in its 9 p.m. ET timeslot.

Prior to Housewives, CTV premiered the MOW Luna: Spirit of the Whale, starring Adam Beach, at 7 p.m. ET to an average 595,000, peaking at 715,000 viewers.

In the midst of May sweeps, other big-ticket CTV finales include a special 75-minute episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday at 7:45 p.m., followed by CSI and ER. The season enders of Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds take place Sunday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively.

Global season finales include Heroes and 24 on Monday, May 21, while House concludes a week later on Tuesday, May 29.


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