The CBS premiere of Canadian import The Bridge was nearly unwatched on Saturday, drawing just a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating for both its episodes and straining US/Canadian TV diplomacy in the process.

In a statement issued by the Canadian TV Foreign Ministry the magnitude of the situation was evident:

It’s one thing to put Flashpoint on Fridays at 9pm, at least some people might watch it then, but to premiere The Bridge on Saturday at 8pm goes beyond the generous bounds of international TV etiquette. We are considering our response.

In related news, the Canadian TV ambassador, Michael J. Fox, was recalled from Hollywood to Ottawa for consultations. Oh, Canada.

Back to ratings reality:

As is typical on a Saturday night without special events, it was Fox’s all-American crime reality duo of Cops and America’s Most Wanted topping the night.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 FOX Cops (1 new, 1 repeat) 1.3 6 3.88
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 0.8 3 3.36
CBS The Bridge (premiere) 0.5 2 2.98
NBC Secrets Of The Mountain (movie, 8-10p) 0.5 2 2.90
9:00 FOX America’s Most Wanted 1.6 6 4.69
CBS The Bridge 0.5 2 3.51
ABC Scoundrels (repeat) 0.4 2 1.70
10:00 CBS 48 Hours Mystery 1.0 4 5.22
NBC Law & Order: CI (repurposed) 0.8 3 3.38
ABC The Gates (repeat) 0.4 2 1.55

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2010 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. Source: Marc Berman/Mediaweek.


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