Friday, March 19, 2010

Dragons' Den reels 'em in

It's not enough that the CBC's Dragons are ridiculously smart and rich. Now they're some kind of superstars.

The season finale of Dragons' Den on Wednesday night attracted almost two million (1.956 million) viewers.

The Dragons' heartwarming personal stories won the 8 pm time slot, with almost 4.1 million watching some part of the show.

The CBC says Dragons' Den achieved a season average of 1.75 million viewers per episode, reaching over one in three Canadians.

Pretty remarkable for a business show.

The US version, Shark Tank, rarely reached 5 million viewers in a country with 10 times the population. Although it's not very fair to compare a new show with one that's been building for four years.

What do you think? Are you eager for more of the Dragons? (There will be a full 20 shows next year - about as long a season as any show gets these days.) Do you think Canadians are learning anything from the Den? Please leave a comment below.

Don't forget, the Dragons are back auditioning for next season: click here for the remaining schedule. You can also apply online.

And watch Monday's Post (Mar 22) for my column on my day as a Deputy Dragon.


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Andy Buyting said...

I love the show. Of course, I'm a business junkie. The diverse mix of 'Dragons', their experiences and the way they analyze investment pitches is incredibly interesting to me. I find it very intriguing and I always learn something from it. Entrepreneurship should be celebrated in our country and Dragon’s Den is helping to do that.

LynnetteR said...

I watch both shows. My preference is Dragon's Den. Although, I do find Kevin O'Leary a little more entertaining on Shark Tank.