TORONTO - Faced with a choice between the U.S. vice-presidential debate and a showdown involving their homegrown political leaders, Canadian TV viewers appeared to be more interested in what was going on in their own backyard.
Thursday night's faceoff in the U.S. generated intense interest because of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the moose-hunting hockey mom sharing the presidential ticket with Republican John McCain. Her opponent in the debate was Joe Biden, who's the running-mate of Democrat Barack Obama.
Despite this, CTV says viewers chose the Canadian debate over the American one by a 3-1 margin in Toronto, 4-1 in Vancouver and 3.5-1 in Calgary.