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Canadian TV Ratings: September 15-21, 2014

The Amazing Race Canada‘s finale was this week, but if you’ve come here to see how the finale actually did in the finals (not just the overnights which I already have over here), well, I have some bad news for you. Since The Amazing Race Canada aired on Tuesday and Sunday of this week, Numeris decided to cobble the ratings together for both episodes and pop it in as a single entry onto the week’s top-30 chart. That makes it difficult to understand how the finale and the penultimate episode of the season did, as it appears as if they just averaged the ratings for the two episodes.

Complicating matters is the companion after show After The Race, which according to Numeris aired during the finale of The Amazing Race Canada. Numeris says The Amazing Race Canada aired from 9-10 p.m. on Tuesday and Sunday, while After The Race aired from 9:02-10 p.m. on Sunday. That of course doesn’t make any sense, which makes me wonder why they put The Amazing Race Canada‘s final and penultimate episode of the season as a single entry on the chart especially considering Big Brother aired on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of this week and the top-30 chart listed them individually. 
 
Speaking of Big Brother, that show dipped in the ratings from last week. It brought in 1,348,000 on Tuesday, 1,408,000 on Wednesday and 1,205,000 on Friday, down from the 1,494,000, 1,588,000 and 1,411,000 it brought in from last Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday’s broadcasts respectively.
 
This week also saw some of the season’s new shows trickle in and a few of them managed to make the top-30 already. Mysteries of Laura was the week’s sixth most popular program, while other newbie Madam Secretary was the week’s 11th most popular show.  

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Press Release: CASTLE is King with Series-High 2.6 Million Viewers, as the Week Kicks Off With a BANG on CTV

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 30, 2014) – CTV Mondays got even stronger last night when fan-favourite CASTLE returned for its seventh season with a series-high audience of 2.58 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. The winning Monday for CTV saw the network lead in every hour of primetime with total viewers and in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, and also claim the Top 3 programs of the night with total viewers and among all key demos, as well as the Top 4 programs of the night with A25-54. Led by the #1 program of the night, THE BIG BANG THEORY, with 2.64 million viewers, CTV also saw new series GOTHAM remain strong with 2.01 million viewers, winning its 8 p.m. timeslot, while FOREVER won its regular 9 p.m. timeslot with 1.21 million viewers.

With preliminary Playback + 7 data from last Monday’s (Sept. 22) premieres, CTV series all saw audience boosts, led by the premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY rising to 3.8 million viewers (from 3.2 million), with the second episode increasing to 4.1 million (from 3.5 million). GOTHAM’s series premiere rose to 3.3 million viewers (from 2.4 million), while FOREVER’s series premiere climbed to 2.3 million (from 1.8 million). Continue reading

Press Release: JASON PRIESTLEY JOINS THE CELEBRATION AS HOST OF THE 2014 CANADA’S WALK OF FAME TRIBUTE SHOW

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, September 30, 2014Shaw Media and Canada’s Walk of Fame are proud to welcome Jason Priestley as Host of the 2014 Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show, as announced exclusively by ET Canada. The beloved Actor and Director will emcee the star-studded, two-hour event airing on Friday, December 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on Global. Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show celebrates top-notch Canadians who have made a substantial contribution to Canadian culture, treats viewers to show-stopping performances, and showcases the incredible talent this country has to offer. Presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Jason is an exceptional talent and a very proud Canadian. We couldn’t be more excited to have him at the helm of this year’s Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show,” said Barbara Williams, Executive VP, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. “His charisma and charm are the perfect complement to a broadcast that’s all about celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding Canadians.”

Actor, Director, Producer and Author, Priestley has enjoyed a robust and diverse career in entertainment. Best known for playing the charming Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Priestley is a seasoned actor and has received multiple awards including a Canadian Screen Award for “Best Comedy Actor” in 2014 for his role on Call Me Fitz. His talent on screen translated to a passion behind the camera, spending a significant portion of his career directing numerous episodes of successful programs such as Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Haven. He recently completed filming Zoom starring alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Toronto. Priestley is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Press Release: Outrageous Fun this Fall on YTV! Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT Beginning October 6

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YTV (screenshot via YTV.com)

(Toronto, Canada) YTV has stacked its fall 2014 schedule with a hilarious lineup of new series and returning favourites that kids and families can look forward to watching every weeknight at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Beginning the week of October 6, YTV will air a fresh and fun slate that includes exciting new live action premieres. For a sneak peek, click here.

On Mondays, new episodes from the hit Nickelodeon series The Haunted Hathaways return, followed on Tuesdays with the brand new odd-couple buddy comedy, Max & Shred, written and executive produced by George Doty IV (Seinfeld, iCarly, Victorious and Drake & Josh). On Wednesdays comes Henry Danger, a new crime-fighting comedy from Nickelodeon, created and written by Dan Schneider (Sam & Cat, iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh) and Dana Olsen (George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget). Thursdays will see the debut of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, a new laugh-a-minute Nickelodeon series about the sibling rivalry between precocious quadruplets and on Fridays, YTV will have new Season 2 episodes of popular Nickelodeon superhero series The Thundermans.

Rounding out the week, on Saturdays viewers can look forward to a brand new reality series Mission: 4Count, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes to follow the hot new pop band, 4Count, discovered and managed by media mogul Nick Cannon, beginning on October 11 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading

Press Release: ICE PILOTS NWT TAKES FINAL FLIGHT ON HISTORY®

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TORONTO, September 29, 2014 – The McBryan family and their crew at Buffalo Airways have welcomed viewers into their lives for five high-flying seasons of Ice Pilots NWT on HISTORY, and when season six premieres this fall it marks the final flight for this fan-favourite series. The award-winning show follows the crew at Buffalo Airways as they take vintage planes on near impossible missions, transporting people, food, fuel and vital supplies in a fleet of museum-piece aircraft to some of the most remote places on earth. In the upcoming season, the airline faces the toughest ice storm it has ever experienced as the McBryans fight to keep Buffalo flying in the 21st century. Ice Pilots NWT season six premieres Wednesday, October 29 at 10pm ET/PT on HISTORY. 

Ice Pilots NWT has been a wonderful Canadian success story.The combination of big personalities, extreme conditions and vintage planes has made for five entertaining seasons, and this sixth and final season is no exception,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “We’ve had terrific partners in Omnifilm Entertainment, Buffalo Airways and, specifically, Joe and Mikey McBryan. We’d like to thank them, and everyone else involved in making this show a success, including the tremendous fans who have followed the series from the beginning.”

“I would like to thank the fans for tuning in each week and supporting us from day one!  The last six years working with the film crews and my friends and family at Buffalo Airways have been the best time of my life. We have gotten to do some amazing things and share them with the world. As a Northerner, I’m happy to have shown people everywhere our crazy way of life. I would do it all over again in a split second. Fly safe,” said Mikey McBryan, General Manager, Buffalo AirwaysContinue reading

Press Release: W5 Launches 49th Season with Alarming Canada-Wide Inpatient Suicide Investigation, This Saturday on CTV

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (September 24, 2014) – W5, Canada’s #1 investigative documentary series, returns for its 49th season with a hard-hitting investigation into a sad and frightening national secret – the alarming rate of hospital patient suicides. Premiering this Saturday, October 4 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO, and also available on-demand on CTV News GO, W5 Co-Host and Correspondent Kevin Newman delivers “SUICIDE WATCH”, the first national investigation into mistakes largely hidden from the public, uncovering statistics kept secret by hospitals and government, until now. W5 spent months collecting statistics from every province, using dozens of freedom of information requests to identify the number of suicidal patients who took their own lives during the past 10 years while in care at a Canadian hospital.

Just how tragic these cases can be, is demonstrated through the stories of two families who cooperated with W5 to reveal how hospital failures allowed their loved ones to take their own lives in the very place they were believed to be safe. In Mission, B.C., Newman meets with the family of Ross Allan, still devastated that the 22-year-old was able to take his own life while under 24-hour observation by hospital staff. In Brampton, Ont., the Tiwari family has been demanding answers after 20-year-old Prashant Tiwari took his own life while in a special ward for suicidal patients. While the grieving parents search for answers, they were stonewalled by hospital bureaucracies conducting secret internal investigations.  

W5 obtained security footage showing Allan roaming the hospital hallways unsupervised, finding an electrical cord that he would later use to take his own life. His death was not an isolated incident, as W5 reveals six cases of inpatient suicides in Fraser Health facilities during the past 10 years; three of them following Ross’ death. Through freedom of information, W5 fought for the release of statistics from every province to identify the staggering number of suicidal patients who took their own lives during the past decade while in care at a Canadian hospital. 

W5 Correspondent Tom Kennedy reports the second story in the premiere episode, “THE EBOLA PLAGUE.” Kennedy tracks the rapidly spreading and deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, which has now infected thousands in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria, with an estimated 50% death rate. With governments and health agencies desperately seeking to stop the epidemic, W5 looks at the work being done by Canadians to fight the disease and investigates what would happen if the Ebola outbreak spreads to Canada.

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Press Release: DEGRASSI Continues to Push the Envelope as Award-Winning Series Returns with All-New Episodes, October 28 on MTV

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TORONTO (September 29, 2014)Mega DEGRASSI fans unite! With the countdown to graduation in full swing, Season 14 of the hit series DEGRASSI returns to its familiar Tuesday timeslot with 12 brand-new, half-hour episodes, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Fresh off DEGRASSI’s 2014 Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Children’s Program”, its third nomination in the category over the last four years, Season 14 picks up immediately following the end of spring break, after Tristan (Lyle O’Donohoe) and Miles’ (Eric Osborne) surprising lip-lock and the shocking revelation of Clare’s (Aislinn Paul) pregnancy. Never shying away from tackling heavy-hitting topics, DEGRASSI once again addresses authentic and relevant issues affecting teenagers today. For a sneak peek at Season 14, click here.

 Encore episodes of DEGRASSI air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV and stream on MTV.ca following broadcast. Throughout the season, DEGRASSI fans can join the conversation by following @MTVCanada and using the hashtag #Degrassi.

Thirteen years after the debut of the latest incarnation, the hit franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Season 13D of DEGRASSI, airing on both MTV and Much, averaged 100,000 P12-34 viewers, achieving its most impressive audience in three seasons, with audiences growing by 52% over Season 13C.

In the Season 14 premiere of DEGRASSI, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET), Clare has a serious dilemma that will affect her entire future and confides in Alli. Zoë sees red when Becky tells her she’s too much of a distraction for the power cheer team. It’s time for Zoë to bring Becky down, literally. Miles and Tristan are getting close, but with his campaign in full swing, Mr. Hollingsworth is worried his son’s behaviour could damage his political prospects. An upset Miles decides to take annoying his father to a whole new level.

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