Radio & Television

Canadian Idol audience peaks at 3.8 million, song goes into immediate radio rotation

TORONTO - Almost six million Canadians sampled the season-ending episode of Canadian Idol last night, according to BBM figures, said CTV Thursday. Prime Minister Paul Martin even offered congratulations to winner Melissa O'Neil. The huge audience, in excess of last year's peak of 3.6 million, was achieved at the exact moment that 17-year-old Calgary singer O'Neil was crowned the first female Canadian Idol. She then signed a record contract with Sony BMG Canada’s Lisa Zbitnew and her first single, Alive, hit the airwaves. The two-hour finale finished with an average audience of 2.7 million viewers, the most watched episode of...