In Canada, Rookie Blue debuted to what Global terms “2.1 million viewers,” though the preliminary viewership was closer to 1.8 million. The show followed this up with 1.4 million viewers on Canada Day, and 1.7 million viewers on July 8.
Meanwhile, American figures are strong enough that Rookie Blue is ABC’s highest-rated new summer drama series in six years. It’s Canada’s most popular crossover hit since Flashpoint, which is produced by…Tassie Cameron. Imagine that.
Canwest is being disingenuous about the “critics’ accolades” it mentions in the Rookie Blue press release. Metacritic gives the show a 52/100, with a user score of 5.1/10. The critics are more kind to ABC’s Boston Med and BBC America’s The Choir.
I’m actually surprised Rookie Blue has staying power. Meanwhile, The Bridge has died over at CBS. Gee, I wonder why a well-promoted Thursday night show has better traction than a show CBS can’t wait to burn off on Saturday nights? Americans must not get The Bridge. Yeah, that’s it. That sounds like a plausible enough excuse for failure.
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