Press Release: SAVING HOPE Grows to 1.3 Million Viewers as CTV’s Female-Driven Thursday Night Lineup Reigns

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TORONTO (October 3, 2014) – Halfway through its fall event, CTV’s own SAVING HOPE solidly owned its Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot last night with an initial audience of 1.3 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. Along with the Top 2 programs of the night – HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and GREY’S ANATOMY – SAVING HOPE allowed CTV to claim the Top 3 programs of the night among F18-49 and F25-54, as well as three of the Top 4 programs of the night for total viewers and all key demos.

CTV won every hour of primetime with total views and both key demos, but it was women who powered the evening. CTV’s primetime lineup averaged more than 1 million female viewers, 85% more than CTV’s next closest competitor.

With preliminary Playback + 7 data now in, last Thursday’s (Sept. 25) female-driven lineup on CTV saw the series premiere of one of this fall’s biggest new series HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER climb to 3.1 million (from 2.4 million), the season premiere of GREY’S ANATOMY grow to 2.2 million viewers (from 1.8 million), and the second episode of SAVING HOPE increase to 1.5 million (from 1.2 million).

A closer look at Thursday’s Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data:

  • With 1.66 million viewers at 8 p.m., GREY’S ANATOMY was #2 for the night with total viewers and the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, besting BONES (1.65 million; Global/FOX) by +21% A18-49 and +18% A25-54.
  • Winning its timeslot at 9 p.m., the stand-alone broadcast of SAVING HOPE (1.32 million) led the simulcast series premiere of GRACEPOINT (1.1 million; Global/FOX) by double-digits with total viewers and in all key demos (+19% P2; +25% A18-34; +86% A18-49; +54% A25-54). With only two episodes left before its Fall Finale, SAVING HOPE grew 10% with total viewers and 7% among A25-54 over last Thursday’s episode. SAVING HOPE also more than doubled SCANDAL’s (510,000; City/ABC) audiences with total viewers (+158%), as well as in the key A18-49 (+129%) and A25-54 (+145%).
  • Retaining 97% of its premiere audience, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER delivered an initial overnight audience of 2.34 million viewers at 10 p.m., winning its hour and ranking #1 for the day for the second week in a row with total viewers and all key demos.

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