Press Release: Explosive Finale of CTV’s SAVING HOPE Wins the Night in the Key A25-54 Demo, as 1.34 Million Viewers Tune In

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TORONTO (February 19, 2015) – In what was an emotional and shocking Season 3 finale of CTV’s hit original drama SAVING HOPE, the series saw a season-high overnight audience of 1.34 million viewers, preliminary data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. Winning the night in the key A25-54 demo, SAVING HOPE also won its 10 p.m. ET timeslot, leading STALKER (Global/CBS) in total viewers (+37%), as well as the key A18-49 (+20%) and A25-54 (+41%) demos. In all, 2.7 million English-language Canadians watched some or all of the finale, which saw #SavingHope trend on Twitter across Canada throughout the broadcast. The unforgettable season finale is available on demand on, CTV GO, and CraveTV. Viewers can also enjoy all three seasons of SAVING HOPE on CraveTV.

A closer look at Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data for Wednesday:

  • CTV wins all hours of prime time and has the Top 3 programs of the night with total viewers, and the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos.
  • The two-hour series finale of THE MENTALIST is #1 with total viewers, watched by 1.7 million Canadians.
  • SAVING HOPE’s Season 3 finale was up 28% over its episode a week ago*, and the finale also saw an overnight season-high audience in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos.

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, January 5, 2015 – Following a strong fall 2014 season, Global starts the New Year with more must-see programming, returning hits and fan favourites. Joining the schedule is the hotly anticipated series Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore. Since the final episode of Breaking Bad, fans of the series have been waiting with bated breath for Vince Gilligan’s next move, and his gritty new drama Battle Creek doesn’t disappoint. Starring Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas, Life as We Know It) and Dean Winters (Oz, Rescue Me, 30 Rock), the series follows two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect, as they clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Michigan.

After an action-packed fall finale that saw Reddington overcome one threat only to face another even greater challenge, the pulse-stopping thriller The Blacklist returns with all-new episodes this February. In a special two-part episode, The Blacklist premieres on February 1, immediately following The Super Bowl, before moving to Thursday nights at 9 pm beginning on February 5. Viewers who haven’t yet experienced The Blacklist can catch up on the current season on Global Go and the last season on shomi before the series returns.

Global continues to deliver drama, with its midseason schedule keeping audiences warm all winter long. Returning to the schedule is fall’s breakout Top 10 series NCIS: New Orleans (January 6), alongside hit show Stalker (January 14). Global also welcomes previous summer series The Night Shift to the schedule (February 23). Plus viewers go back to the boardroom with an all-new season of big stars and even bigger cat fights on The Celebrity Apprentice, premiering on January 8.

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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, November 27, 2014 – Global’s lineup of returning hits and explosive new series continues to solidify the network as a primetime destination for audiences. Global has seen impressive primetime growth in Canada amongst total viewers, with a  four percent increase versus the same time last year. Propelled by newcomers Stalker and Madam Secretary and returning favourites Bones,  Hawaii Five-0 and Survivor, Global is seeing solid growth across primetime, with audiences up Wednesday through Sunday versus last year.

The highlights don’t stop there. Global’s primetime series are delivering massive audiences for the network. In addition to owning  six of the top 20 series, a number of primetime series have increased audiences in their timeslots over last year, including BonesMadam Secretary and Stalker.

The most watched show in the world, NCIS welcomed another spinoff to its franchise, and Canadians are hooked. NCIS: New Orleans joins the original in the top ten nationally, and maintains nearly all of the audience from NCIS. In addition, NCIS: New Orleans  is locked in a virtual tie with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Other programming highlights include:
• After 29 seasons, Survivor continues to be the #1 Reality program in Canada this fall
• Fan favourite Bones continues to deliver impressive audiences, increasing its new Thursday at 8 pm timeslot by  65%
Chicago Fire has increased its audience by 26% versus last year
• Newcomers  Stalker and Madam Secretary have improved their timeslots by 67% and 58% respectively
• The network has seen increased audiences Wednesday through Sunday:
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Review: The Fall

The Fall title card (screenshot via Bravo GO)

The Fall title card (screenshot via Bravo GO)


If I learned anything from The Honourable Woman, it’s that the Brits like their dramas slow—I mean really slow, like moving at a snail’s pace. After some quality time with the second season premiere of The Fall, my belief was only cemented.

The Fall tends to squander precious air time with numerous scenes like this where the killer makes breakfast (screenshot via Bravo GO)

The Fall tends to squander precious airtime with numerous scenes like this where the killer does menial things like make breakfast (screenshot via Bravo GO)

Much like CBC’s The Honourable Woman, Bravo’s The Fall is an import from BBC Two, and both shows don’t mind taking their time to get to the point. On The Fall, it’s particularly comical. For example, the show spends over a minute on a dialogue-free scene consisting of only walking into a bedroom and opening a box. Then there are similarly dull scenes involving riding a boat, waiting for a train, boarding a train, walking around slowly (or worse standing completely still), cooking breakfast and making a cup of coffee that just eats several minutes of the show. Actually, if you manage to come across The Fall during the wrong moments while channel surfing, I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought it’s a cookery show (as the Brits might say), a Maxwell’s House commercial or some sort of show on transportation.

With the number of pointless scenes in the episode even the actors look bored (screenshot via Bravo GO)

With the number of pointless scenes in the episode, even the actors look bored (screenshot via Bravo GO)

The Fall‘s slow pace is all quite different from broadcast TV shows from this side of the pond. I’m thinking things like How To Get Away With Murder that grip your attention for almost the full hour. I suppose since BBC Two has the luxury of not having to worry about adverts, they can keep in meaningless scenes, just for the sake of being artistic, or whatever. However, as a viewer I wish they’d just get on with it.

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Canadian TV Ratings: October 13-19, 2014

With many of the premieres out of the way, things are now beginning to settle. If you compare the daily charts below with the ones from last week, you’ll likely notice that most of them have the same shows in the same order. The only exceptions are Stalker taking Arrow’s spot on Wednesday, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O switching places (as they often do), Madam Secretary sneaking its way back onto Sunday’s chart and that’s about it.

Things are likely going to change within the coming weeks. The Flash already saw a fairly steep drop off from last week, falling from 3,111,000 to 2,571,000 and if it follows the trend of most shows, that fall is likely only going to continue. The Big Bang Theory is moving from Monday to Thursday, which may mean Gotham’s ratings may drop as it no longer has The Big Bang Theory as its lead in. The move will almost certainly mean that How To Get Away With Murder won’t remain Thursday’s most watched show.
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Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

TORONTO, October 2, 2014Global dominated primetime Wednesday night, claiming two of the top three spots anchored by heavyweight Survivor: San Juan del Sur. The action-packed episode drew in 2.1million viewers (2+) and nearly 900,000 viewers in A18-49. Brimming with spine-tingling, hair-raising “OMG” moments plus electric on-screen chemistry from powerhouse duo Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, Stalker won its timeslot drawing in 1.5 million viewers (2+).

Fans couldn’t contain their excitement, taking to Twitter last night with #Survivor and #Stalker trending across Canada.


Survivor: San Juan del Sur wins the night with 882,000 viewers (A18-49)*

Survivor: San Juan del Sur draws in 2.1 million viewers (2+)*

Stalker wins the 10 p.m. timeslot, besting CTV by 20% (2+)**

Survivor and Stalker were the #2 and #3 programs of the night (2+)***

Stalker grew Global’s 10 p.m. time slot vs. same night last year by 5% (2+) and 10% (A18-49)****

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TORONTO, August 11, 2014 – This fall, Global delivers the wow factor with a powerhouse schedule of captivating new dramas, charming comedies, and long-awaited comebacks of returning favourites, drawing viewers in to sensational TV moments.

With a schedule packed with TV’s fiercest females, hottest men and thrilling event series, Global gears up for an unstoppable season. Ten o’clock is home to Global’s most buzzed about new dramas, including the heart-pounding new thriller Stalker, premiering on October 1, comic book adaptation Constantine beginning October 24, and the gripping CIA drama State of Affairs, debuting on November 17. Unapologetic political drama Madam Secretary joins critically acclaimed The Good Wife rounding out Global’s must-see Sunday night schedule. From dynamic characters to spine-tingling twists, Global also brings viewers the highly anticipated event of the season Gracepoint, premiering October 2. Continue reading