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Canadian TV Ratings: August 31-September 6, 2015

Now that I’m back from hiatus, this is the first time that I’ve really analyzed the ratings in a few weeks. I’ve noticed that while some things are different, some things are definitely the same.

First, what has stayed the same. Around this time last year, The Amazing Race Canada was the nation’s top show followed by MasterChef, and that’s the same now. As like last year, you have Big Brother and some CTV News broadcasts sprinkled in Numeris’ Top Programs chart as well.

Now for the differences: Last year, the Jays weren’t drawing in anywhere near the audience that they are now. For the week of August 31 this year, the Jays pulled in 1,633,000 viewers across every day except Thursday (using whatever crazy math Numeris uses), and I’m betting the Jays stole viewers away from some of the summer’s other big shows.

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Press Release: Eaton Centre Gunshot Victim Sits Down With CTV News’ Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme in W5 Exclusive, Saturday on CTV

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TORONTO (January 15, 2014) – In a city landmark that welcomes some 50 million visitors each year, no one could have predicted the events that would unfold on June 2, 2012 inside Toronto’s Eaton Centre food court. This Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, shooting victim Connor Stevenson and his family sit down once more, exclusively with Lisa LaFlamme for W5, following the gunman’s second-degree murder conviction last month. The special one-hour segment follows-up on W5’s 2013 story “THE SURVIVOR”, which documented Stevenson’s miraculous recovery. The W5 story was recognized with the prestigious 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Segment.

In an update to W5’s dramatic, award-winning recounting of heroic efforts by first responders to save Stevenson on that fateful day, LaFlamme speaks to the family, who share the physical and emotional trauma they have endured since the shooting. W5shows the Stevenson family for the first time surveillance video of the shooting from the Eaton Centre food court, made public during the nine-week trial, but not made available to key witnesses – including the Stevensons – until now. Viewers are taken inside the moving journey of Connor and his family: four surgeries and the relief at his miraculous, ongoing recovery, all of which is shrouded by the weighty fear, distrust, and helplessness that such a random act of violence can cause.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays at 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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Canadian TV Ratings: December 22-28, 2014

You know those miserable people who sit around and complain that there’s nothing to watch on TV? Well, it turns out if they said that during the week of Dec. 22, chances are they weren’t just trying to get under your skin, they were most likely right.

Only six programs actually managed to attract over a million viewers, and three of them were CTV News broadcasts. The only regularly scheduled scripted drama that pulled in somewhat respectable ratings was CSI on Sunday with 1,477,000 tuning in, but it was still down from the previous week.

This all shouldn’t be completely unexpected. It was the week of Christmas after all. Many shows were preempted, and I suppose many people decided to spend time with family and friends instead of watching TV. Can you blame them? Continue reading

Press Release: Canada’s Most-Watched Newscast CTV NATIONAL NEWS Unveils Top 10 News Stories of 2014, December 23

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TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – It was a shocking and tragic day for Canada as an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian soldier before being shot dead inside the main Parliament building in Ottawa. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 p.m. ETCTV NATIONAL NEWS looks back at this day of infamy, continuing each night through Thursday, Jan. 1 with a countdown of the Top 10 news stories of 2014, as selected by a panel of journalists led by Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor. The Ottawa shooting – a day of chaos that left hundreds of people in the area of Parliament Hill under lockdown and a nation in mourning – is the top news story of 2014; the fight against ISIS sits at #2; while the Ebola outbreak in West Africa fills the #3 spot.

“In the remarkably storied year that was 2014, the tragic shooting at Canada’s national war memorial struck a nerve in Canadians across the country, and our newsroom was unanimous in citing this as our top story of the year,” said LaFlamme. “On this day as on all days, it is our privilege to keep Canadians informed, to follow the intricacies of the story as it unfolds, and to be held to account as the journal of record for viewers across the country.”

 CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ 10-day countdown features in-depth reports on each of 2014’s top news stories as determined by Canada’s leading news organization, CTV News, with the latest story updates, along with comprehensive analysis of the impact each will have on Canadians heading into the New Year.

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Press Release: W5 Exclusively Visits Canada’s Legendary Sable Island, This Saturday, November 15 on CTV

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TORONTO (November 14, 2014) – A beautiful and unspoiled national preserve that can only be visited by invitation, Sable Island’s haunting past is complete with legendary stories of shipwrecks and ghosts, adding to the mystique of this remote and heavenly island paradise. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “PARADISE ISLAND” invites viewers on a rare journey to Canada’s newest national park reserve located 300 kilometres east of mainland Nova Scotia, a fragile strip of sand populated by seals and wild horses grazing on windswept beaches. CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Todd Battis, on special assignment for W5, delivers an insightful exploration of the island playground that has long been shrouded in secrecy, uncovering its mystical and mythical past and exploring its fragile future.

With 90 kilometres of white sand coastline – a secluded sandbar of gorgeous beach and crashing surf – Sable Island is a bona fide national treasure. Sable Island has earned the dubious title of the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” boasting some 350 shipwrecks off its shore, only heightening its mythical quality. But Sable Island is also under constant threat: ravaged by the thrashing Atlantic Ocean on its northern side, the entire island is suffering the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels are causing waves to cut into the coastline and rip at the dunes. Furthermore, as W5 reveals, the biggest looming threat to Sable Island’s delicate ecosystem may loom just off-shore; massive oil and gas drilling rigs.

In the evening’s second story, W5’s Tom Kennedy gets up close and personal with the “FIRST FAMILY OF HOCKEY”, the Sutters. A success story unlike any other in sports, the sprawling family has had an unprecedented impact on professional hockey. Although uncomfortable with the moniker “Canadian hockey royalty,” brothers Darryl, Brian, Duane, Brent, and twins Rich and Ron all made it to the NHL. And when their playing careers ended, they became coaches, managers, and hockey scouts, winning championships along the way.

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Press Release: Standing on Guard: CTV Honours Canada’s War Heroes with REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014, This Tuesday, November 11

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TORONTO (November 07, 2014) – Paying tribute to all those who serve in Canada’s military, CTV’s REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014 unites Canadians across the country in solemn celebration of the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of true Canadian heroes. Airing nationally this Tuesday, Nov. 11, live at 10:30 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV Two, and CTV News Channel, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme helms the special, uninterrupted 90-minute broadcast, live from Canada’s National War Memorial in Ottawa.

A robust panel joins LaFlamme to provide rich historical context and commentary during REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014, including CTV News Political Correspondent Craig Oliver and General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces, who commanded the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Also on hand to deliver a first-hand look at the National War Memorial ceremony as it unfolds are CTV News Ottawa Bureau Chief and host of QUESTION PERIOD Robert Fife, along with CTV News Reporter Mercedes Stephenson.

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Press Release: Wrongful Conviction: W5 Investigates Case of Ivan Henry – a “Dangerous Offender” Who Served 27-Year Prison Sentence Before Acquittal This Saturday on CTV

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TORONTO (November 6, 2014) – For 27 years, Vancouver’s Ivan Henry was locked up in prison, declared a dangerous offender, and behind bars before being acquitted of committing a string of brutal sexual attacks in the early 1980s. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and on-demand on the CTV NEWS GO app, W5’s “VICTIM OR VILLAIN” digs into the investigation and conviction of the man who police called the “Rip-Off Rapist” – a sexual predator who terrorized Vancouver until 1982. CTV News Vancouver’s Jon Woodward, on special assignment for W5, takes viewers through the case, from the seemingly prejudicial treatment by police to shaky eye-witness testimony to the apparent failure of the courts to give him a fair trial – and Henry’s steadfast refusal to admit guilt.

This week’s all-new W5 follows last week’s season-high ratings broadcast, attracting 1.03 million viewers – a 14% increase of viewers in the program’s 49th season-to-date average – and winning Saturday night among non-sports programming*.

With few leads and growing public pressure to make an arrest, police zeroed in on Henry, who lived in the heart of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, where many of the attacks occurred. What followed was an investigation with little physical evidence and dubious identification of Henry by some of the victims. His current lawyer, Cameron Ward, tells W5 the Henry case is “a textbook example of a wrongful conviction.” Sentenced as a dangerous offender, Henry faced an indeterminate sentence but never gave up protesting his innocence, filing 50 applications to have his conviction overturned – all of them denied. W5 reveals how mounting evidence questioning his conviction was eventually impossible to ignore. More than two decades later in October 2010, a comprehensive review of the case led the B.C. Court of Appeals to acquit Henry on all counts.

In the second story, W5’s Kevin Newman delivers an up-close-and-personal profile of Great Big Sea frontman, Alan Doyle. “WHERE I BELONG” features the pride of Petty Harbour, N.L., recounting rich childhood memories growing up in the small fishing town, where a rich history and Celtic tradition continues to infuse his music. While Doyle’s life as a musician has kept him on the road for 20 years, he credits his deep Petty Harbour roots for keeping him grounded as he found acclaim across Canada and around the world.

W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV Two, CTV News Channel on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).

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