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TORONTO, October 28, 2015 – The much-anticipated and critically acclaimed new series Supergirl took flight Monday night, gaining major super-viewing power as 1.7 million viewers (2+) tuned in to the series premiere on Global. As the #1 drama of the night, across all key demos*, overnight data confirms that the Supergirl premiere beat out all other new fall show premieres against the coveted younger 18-34 demo, as well as adults 25-54. During Monday’s action-packed series premiere, viewers got up close and personal with fall’s latest Superhero, Kara Zor-El, and her skill set of super-human powers as she jumped off buildings, re-routed airplanes, and stopped oncoming traffic with the force of her body.
With critics across the country praising the new series, from the Toronto Star saying “…this Supergirl is significant” to TV Junkies declaring that Supergirl is “the show we’ve long been missing in the world of superheroes,” the premiere episode ended on a sinister note when viewers found out that Kara’s aunt, and her mother’s evil sister (also played by Laura Benanti), is out to destroy Supergirl with the ultimate goal of ruling planet Earth.
After premiering Monday night in a one-time only special timeslot of 8:30pm ET/PT, Supergirl returns to its regular timeslot of 8 pm ET/PT next Monday, November 2 on Global. In next week’s episode entitled “Stronger Together,” when Kara’s attempts to help National City don’t go according to plan, she must put aside the doubts that she – and the city’s media – have about her abilities in order to capture an escapee from the Kryptonian prison, Fort Rozz. Also, Cat pressures James to use his connection to Superman to get her an interview with Supergirl.
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While Global can boast that NCIS was the most-watched program for the week of September 28, some of their newbie shows aren’t holding up that well. After premiering to 2,237,000 viewers, Limitless sank down to an audience of only 1,786,000. Heroes Reborn saw a similar drop with nearly 450,000 viewers not bothering to stick around for episode two. Minority Report was the 30th most-watched show for the week of September 22, so unsurprisingly it didn’t make Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week of September 28.
In contrast, CTV’s Quantico held up very well in its second week. It was actually the second most-watched program of the week right behind Global’s NCIS. The Big Bang Theory had to settle for third place for the week with 2,429,000 viewers. How the mighty have fallen. As I said last week, The Big Bang Theory numbers may be down because more people decided to wait for the CBS broadcast or they got a severe case of Blue Jays fever. (The only prescription is more Blue Jays.)
Elsewhere, people were much more receptive to Code Black than I thought. From what I’ve seen of the series through promos and trailers, it looked quite generic, and I thought it would flatline immediately. The premiere did okay, though. It was just short of nabbing two million viewers. How many people will stick around for the full season is anyone’s guess.
We should have all been excited that the new TV season is officially here, but it looks like no one really gave a damn when it actually came. I had a feeling things weren’t going very well when I didn’t come across many of those self-congratulatory ratings press releases CTV and Global are known for, but I had no idea things were this dire. Yikes, let’s take a look at what went down.
The season premiere of TV’s number one show, The Big Bang Theory, took quite a tumble from last year. The eighth season premiere of The Big Bang Theory drew an astronomical 3,942,000 last year, but only 2,788,000 tuned in for the ninth season premiere this year. While that was still enough to be the week’s most-watched show, that’s a drop of 1,154,000 viewers! If that doesn’t sound crazy enough by itself, keep in mind that it’s hard for many shows on CBC or City to even crack the one million viewer mark. Yeah, it’s that big of a drop. I’m guessing a lot of people decided to watch the Jays, watch the CBS broadcast (CTV aired it a bit earlier than CBS) or people just got bored with the show.
Gotham also took quite a tumble from last season’s premiere. The season premiere of Gotham, which aired after The Big Bang Theory on CTV, drew 2,009,000 viewers down from 3,375,000 for the series premiere last year. Gotham just missed out on being one of the week’s top-ten programs and one of the day’s top-three broadcasts.
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Toronto, ON (June 29, 2015) — T+E, a Blue Ant Media network, announced today the world premiere of The Weapon Hunter, a Blue Ant Media six-part, original series, produced in association with Cream Productions. Launching July 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, The Weapon Hunter follows the adventures of history buff and restoration expert, Paul Shull, as he embarks on a coast-to-coast quest to get his hands on and help resurrect some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history.
“The Weapon Hunter is sure to give T+E’s adventure-seeking audience a healthy dose of action and history we know they will love,” said Marcia Martin, SVP, Original Content, Blue Ant Media.”
The series follows Shull and his lifelong obsession with military history and technology and he’s on a one-man mission to find and fire the weapons that helped shape the modern world. To achieve his goal, Shull enlists the aid of a loosely-knit network of history obsessed collectors. They’ve spent decades – and small fortunes – amassing military collections that rival those found in any museum. Now, they’re opening their doors to allow Shull the once-in-a-lifetime chance to come face to face with the past.
“The Weapon Hunter is what we call history with the gloves off. We are handling artifacts before they ever make it to the museum – putting them to the test, in the way they were meant to be used, and experiencing history in a very real and visceral way,” said David Brady, CEO of Cream Productions. “We’re thrilled that T+E will air the series premier of this exciting new series this summer.”
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TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2015 – Corus Entertainment’s CMT (Canada) is buying into real estate with the new series Yukon For Sale, premiering Saturday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Produced by Proper Television in association with CMT, the 13 x 30-minute series puts the “real” in real estate as Yukoners ditch the typical luxuries found on most house-hunting wish lists for magnificent views of the Northern Lights, acres of property for hunting and fishing, and the perfect outhouse.
In each episode of Yukon For Sale, viewers meet house hunting Yukoners, both native and newbies to the north, who are in search of unique properties to satisfy their northern living needs. Whether it’s a young couple seeking an off-the-grid existence, hunters with their sights set on a backyard full of game, or urban professionals hoping to find a condo in the middle of a northern town, finding the perfect pad is always an adventure in the Yukon, where moose outnumber people by two to one. Canadian Country music singer George Canyon narrates this wild real estate ride that takes viewers out into the middle of North America’s untamed wilderness.
Yukon For Sale is produced by Proper Television, with Guy O’Sullivan and Amy Hosking serving as executive producers.
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TORONTO (May 25, 2015) – CTV’s summer programing was finalized today with announcement of the return of the most-watched television program in Canada last summer, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, headlining the network’s Summer 2015 schedule with its third season premiere Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Canada’s most-watched Canadian series is joined by previously announced blockbuster summer event series ZOO, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning June 30.
An all-new season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and ZOO join a summer lineup featuring new and returning fan-favourite hits including: Betty White and the gang in Part 1 of the farewell season of HOT IN CLEVELAND (May 26), as well as another celebrity filled season of HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (July 7).
CTV remains the destination for live events and award shows this summer, with the previously announced FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ matches beginning June 6.
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TORONTO (May 21, 2015) – The Movie Network goes behind the scenes of the creative process with REELSIDE, a new six-part, half-hour original documentary series that celebrates the stories of prominent Canadians both in front of and behind the camera. Debuting Thursday, June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network, each episode follows filmmakers on a unique journey, such as Sarah Gadon who partners with Caitlin Cronenberg on a photography project, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen who share experiences about being Canadian boys in Hollywood, and Matthew Hannam who sets off with mentors Don McKellar and Bruce McDonald on a classically Canadian road trip.
Following the premiere episode of REELSIDE, featuring Sarah Gadon and Caitlin Cronenberg, is a special presentation of the Canadian feature film, Enemy, starring Gadon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
“From exploring road movies in an RV in Northern Ontario to the streets of Toronto with horror icon George A. Romero, REELSIDE captures honest, behind-the-scenes moments with some of this country’s biggest names in entertainment,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “Visually and creatively, this is Canadiana at its finest and a must-see for fans of great storytelling.”
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