TORONTO (October 16, 2014) – Canada has not seen this many hit programs kick-off a fall television season in a decade, and CTV is leading the way. Two weeks into the 2014/2015 TV season, new final data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms that CTV delivers the Top 5 most-watched programs with total viewers and all key adult demos – and all five of them have three million-plus viewers. It’s the first time this many programs drew three million- plus audiences in the first two weeks of fall since 2004.
With THE BIG BANG THEORY (#1) leading the way once again, overall CTV has more Top 10 and Top 20 programs than all other networks combined in total viewers and A18-49 and A25-54, including GOTHAM and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, now both instant Top 10 hits, and the Top 2 most-watched new programs of the season in Canada. In Week Two of the fall TV season both series held the majority of their massive debut audiences, retaining 90% and 93% of viewers respectively with A25-54. Also, with preliminary Playback + 7 data now in, last Tuesday’s (Oct. 7) series premiere of THE FLASH grew to 3.1 million viewers (from 2.3 million), putting it on track to become the third new series of the season to debut with more than three million viewers.
Also in Week Two of the fall TV season, new seasons of perennial hit favourites CRIMINAL MINDS and CASTLE returned strong on CTV, with both programs vaulting into the Top 3 most-watched programs of the week, behind only THE BIG BANG THEORY (#1). CRIMINAL MINDS (#2) bolstered CTV’s Wednesday night lineup with 3.2 million viewers tuning into the Season 10 premiere, while CASTLE (#3) returned for its seventh season with a series-high 3.1 million viewers.
Additional highlights from Week Two include impressive week-over-week lifts for SAVING HOPE (+23%) – which has become the first Canadian original series to win the prime Thursday’s at 9 p.m. timeslot in the fall season – as well as BLUE BLOODS (+10%), and THE AMAZING RACE (+7%).
Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, Total Viewers, Season-to-Date:
|1||CTV||THE BIG BANG THEORY||3.7 million|
|2||CTV||CRIMINAL MINDS||3.2 million|
|5||CTV||HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER||3.0 million|
|7||Global||NCIS: NEW ORLEANS||2.6 million|
|8||CTV||MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.||2.5 million|
|9||Global||SURVIVOR: SAN JUAN DEL SUR||2.4 million|
Canada’s Most-Watched Programs, A25-54, Season-to-Date:
|1||CTV||THE BIG BANG THEORY||1.7 million|
|3||CTV||CRIMINAL MINDS||1.30 million|
|4||CTV||MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.||1.28 million|
|6||Global||SURVIVOR: SAN JUAN DEL SUR||1.13 million|
|7||CTV||HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER||1.12 million|
|9||CTV||THE AMAZING RACE||946,000|
(Featured Image via Bell Media)