Press Release: THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW Marks Major Milestone with 1,000th Episode, Nov. 17 on CTV

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (November 11, 2015) – In a star-studded television event packed with surprises and touching moments, Canada’s #1 lifestyle series THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW celebrates its landmark 1,000th episode on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca, and CTV GO (check local listings). One of Marilyn’s all-time favourite musicians and guests, Grammy® and Emmy Award®-winning singer, actor, and AMERICAN IDOL judge Harry Connick Jr, drops by the studio to help mark the occasion in just one of the many surprises planned for Canada’s undisputed queen of daytime. In the milestone 1,000th episode, Marilyn also reflects on her most memorable moments from the past five-and-a-half seasons.

THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW has been the most-watched Canadian lifestyle series since its debut in 2011. Now in its sixth season, more than 3.2 million Canadians watch the show each week on CTV and CTV Two.

“I am so grateful to be part of one of the best and hardest-working teams in daytime television,” said Marilyn Denis, Host of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW. “I consider everyone involved in the show’s production to be part of my family, including the audience members and the viewers across the country that tune in daily. With their never-ending enthusiasm and dedication, this 1,000th episode feels as fun and fresh as the very first one.”

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Canadian TV Ratings [Sports]: November 6-8, 2015

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TSN’s five feeds strategy might be hurting the CFL (image via Bell Media)

With baseball officially out of the picture, things are back to normal. I hate to say it, but things are actually quite boring — everything is pretty much where you’d expect it to be.

Hockey Night in Canada topped the weekend (of course), and it seems to be in recovery mode after being completely decimated by baseball the week before (or possibly baseball and those dang trick-or-treaters). The early HNIC games drew a pretty much disastrous 1,580,000 viewers on Halloween, and that’s way off the 2.2 million HNIC would normally draw for its early matches on a good or average weekend. November 7’s games did better, but the numbers still aren’t great. Only 1,888,000 bothered to watch HNIC‘s early matches across the CBC and various Rogers channels.

Sundays have been football night in the US for a while, but it looks like we might as well consider it football night up here, too. Well, you can consider it football night as long as you’re talking about the NFL not the CFL. The 4/4:25 p.m. NFL games on CTV, CTV Two Atlantic and TSN4 drew 834,000 to become the weekend’s second most-watched sports event, and it more than doubled the still rather sad Hometown Hockey numbers.  Continue reading

Canadian TV Ratings: October 26-November 1, 2015

Supergirl to the rescue! Global’s Supergirl had a rather impressive debut on October 26 with 2,263,000 viewers despite its kinda awkward time-slot. CBS decided to use a new episode of The Big Bang Theory to lead into Supergirl, but since Theory is a half-hour sitcom and Supergirl is an hour-long show, it started at 8:31 and ran until 9:31. I’m not sure what Global aired before Supergirl, I want to say Border Security (because that’s pretty much the only filler 30 minute show that Global apparently has at the moment), but I’m not 100 per cent certain.

Oh boy, I feel a rant coming on…. This is one of the frustrating things about Canadian TV — it’s hard to come across TV listings. The websites and apps that have TV listings are quite crummy and only go a day or two back. To make matters worse, TV listings in print are increasingly hard to come by. That makes it hard to get the info to put everything in context unless you have a very sharp memory or obsessively hoard screenshots of TV listings to refer back to later. Whew, glad I got that out. Let’s regroup in the next paragraph.

Global’s newbie didn’t seem to affect the ratings for Gotham that much, but it looks like it might have had a bit of an effect on Blindspot. CTV’s NBC import drew 1,621,000 viewers for its October 26 episode, down from 1,769,000 for its last broadcast on CTV on October 12. (CTV’s lineup was pushed to CTV Two on October 19 due to election night coverage on CTV proper.) Continue reading

Press Release: The 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS to Rock Canada with Super Simulcast Event on Much, CTV, CTV Two, MTV, MTV2, M3, and More, June 21

Much (logo via Wikimedia)

Much (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (June 16, 2015) – It’s almost time to scream Canada! Much announced today that the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS will now air as a super simulcast event on Much, CTV, CTV Two, MTV, MTV2, M3, Much.com, and CTV GO – more platforms than ever before. The multi-channel event kicks off this Sunday, June 21 as follows (check local listings to confirm broadcast times):

  • live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Much, MTV, MTV2, and M3
  • live at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. AT on CTV Two (Ontario east)
  • live at 9 p.m. ET on com, and the CTV GO app
  • 9 p.m. CT/MT/PT on CTV (Manitoba west)

Much also confirmed today final presenter and performer details. OSCAR nominee and Pitch Perfect 2 actress Hailee Steinfeld, as well as Jamaican Reggae-pop newcomer OMI, are joining the star-studded list of presenters for the 2015 MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. OMI is also set to kick off the party with a performance of his summer hit “Cheerleader” on the MMVA RED CARPET SPECIAL, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Much

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Press Release: More + Better: CTV’s 2015/2016 Schedule Revealed

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (June 4, 2015) – As the curtain closes on one of its most successful seasons ever, CTV unveiled today a new primetime schedule that reinforces North America’s most stable television schedule with some of next season’s most anticipated new series. Building upon a youthful foundation of Canada’s most-watched returning programming, CTV’s 2015/16 schedule will be presented by Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming, at the #CTVUpfront celebration of conventional television today in Toronto.

Among the highlights from CTV’s 2015 fall primetime schedule:

More Hits:

  • 11 returning Top 20 hits – more than all other Canadian networks combined.
  • Returning are Canada’s #1 series and #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY; Canada’s #1 drama MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.; #1 new series, THE FLASH; and #1 Canadian series MASTERCHEF CANADA.
  • Four new dramas debut this fall, with three new dramas on deck for midseason.

Better Schedule:

  • 17 hours of simulcast, more than any other Canadian network.
  • Fewer timeslot changes than any other Canadian network.
  • Top 15 lead-ins for nearly every new series.

Remarked King: “We’ve made a concerted effort to evolve our schedule while maintaining its incredible strength. We are presenting a new schedule full of Top 20 hits, but where 12 of our 18 core primetime series are just three years old or younger. This speaks not only to our strength and stability, but also our future potential for growth.” Continue reading

Press Release: CTV Orders New Seasons of Hit In-House Productions ETALK, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, and THE SOCIAL

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CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (June 3, 2015) – CTV announced today new season orders for its roster of hit original daily series. Canada’s most-watched entertainment news program ETALK receives a 14th season order, while the #1 and #2 Canadian lifestyle series in the country, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and buzzworthy talk series THE SOCIAL, are renewed for a sixth and third season respectively. All series have seen double-digit growth versus the same time last year not only with total viewers, but in all the key adult demos. The fan-favourite and advertiser-friendly series head into their new seasons this September.

“When it comes to original entertainment news and lifestyle programming, Canadian viewers turn to CTV,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Staples of CTV’s hit primetime and daytime schedules, ETALK, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, and THE SOCIAL are home-grown success stories, earning high ratings from their respective loyal viewers.”

CTV and CTV Two have more female reach and viewing during the day than Top 5 specialty female channels, data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms.

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Press Release: More Buzz, Better Hits: Bell Media Lands Hollywood’s Next Big Series for CTV Networks’ 2015/16 Primetime Lineup

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

CTV (logo via CTV.ca)

TORONTO (May 22, 2015) – After an unprecedented season in which it delivered five new series among the Top 10 most-watched TV programs in Canada, CTV announced today it has landed two of the most sought-after new dramas from this year’s Los Angeles Screenings for CTV this fall: conspiracy drama QUANTICO and hit-maker Greg Berlanti’s action-packed mystery thriller BLINDSPOT. Rounding out a total of four new dramas for CTV this fall are the intriguing, heart-stopping hospital drama CODE BLACK and strike-it-rich explosive family drama OIL. The three new dramas joining the CTV schedule in mid-season are no less impressive, headlined by THE CATCH, the latest, fierce, female-led drama from the reigning queen of primetime Shonda Rhimes, along with the devilish DC Comics-inspired police procedural LUCIFER, and the superpowered ARROW/THE FLASH spin-off DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Acquired for CTV Two this fall is BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, a weekly live television event based on the smash-hit British series ANT AND DEC’S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY. In addition, the network adds to its lineup the third season of thrilling mystery-adventure drama SLEEPY HOLLOW.

The new series, along with CTV and CTV Two’s 2015/16 primetime schedules, will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 4 in Toronto. CTV ended the 2014-15 season as Canada’s most-watched television network among total viewers and A25-54 for the 14th year in a row. Continue reading