TORONTO, June 1, 2015 – Today, Shaw Media announced Global‘s action-packed 2015/2016 fall schedule. Strengthening its already rock solid schedule of powerful dramas, Global is set to debut 13 new super-charged series. One of the most anticipated new shows for fall, with an astounding 12 million trailer views on YouTube in just two weeks, Supergirl joins Global’s powerhouse fall lineup. From the DC Comics Universe, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) as a coffee-fetching assistant whose life takes a dramatic turn when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. Giving Global a super one-two punch is the highly anticipated superhuman adventure series Heroes: Reborn, based on the Emmy® Award winning original series Heroes from creator Tim Kring, featuring a fresh crop of inspiring heroes with extraordinary abilities.
Global continues to up the ante with high-profile new series Limitless and Minority Report. Limitless, based on the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper – who reprises his role as a guest star in the pilot and serves as an Executive Producer – follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman, American Sniper) as he discovers the brain-boosting power of mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI to use his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases. Minority Report, based on the successful Steven Spielberg film and starring one of Variety‘s 10 TV Actors to Watch Stark Sands, picks up 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. where a Precog and an idealistic detective work together clandestinely to stop the future he sees. Also new to the schedule is electrifying medical drama Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George (The Slap) as Dr. Alex Panttiere – an outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.
In an epic entrance to late night television and a weeknight game changer, Global brings critically acclaimed television host and comedian Stephen Colbert to Canadians with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The laughs continue with Golden Globe® and multiple Emmy® Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) in Angel From Hell, a single camera comedy that follows Amy (Lynch), a colourful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson, Two and a Half Men) perfect life, claiming to be her guardian angel. Rounding out a knock-out comedic slate is the unabashed new comedy People Are Talking starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin and Bash, Saved By the Bell). People Are Talking follows two diverse couples who are neighbours and best friends, and nothing is off limits for this wildly outspoken foursome as they go through life side-by-side and analyze and obsess about everything. Continue reading
TORONTO (February 2, 2015) – Last night’s epic SUPER BOWL XLIX on CTV and RDS set a new all-time SUPER BOWL Canadian audience record. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms that an average audience of 9.2 million viewers on CTV and RDS (CTV: 8.2 million; RDS: 1 million) watched the New England Patriots’ nail-biting 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. This marks a 13% increase compared to the previous all-time SUPER BOWL record (8.18 million viewers for 2012’s SUPER BOWL XLVI) and a 16% increase compared to last year’s SUPER BOWL XLVIII (7.94 million viewers).
Overall, 19.3 million unique viewers – or more than one-in-two Canadians (55%) – watched some part of the 2014-15 NFL championship on CTV or RDS. Scoring the coveted post-SUPER BOWL timeslot, the Season 2 premiere of the CTV original series MASTERCHEF CANADA attracted a preliminary overnight audience of 1.35 million viewers – outperforming THE BLACKLIST (929,000 viewers on Global/NBC) by 46% among total viewers.
“Last night’s SUPER BOWL XLIX was a down-to-the-wire thriller that lived up to its billing as the biggest event on TV,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “Once again, millions of Canadians were entertained by a blockbuster game, a dazzling halftime show, and some fantastic creative representing Canadian and international brands.”
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.
This week saw fan favourites NCIS, Castle, Agents of SHIELD and The Flash vanish from the charts. Most of them disappeared due to preemptions somewhat related to the US election on the 4th. As that’s the case, there are a few oddities on the charts this week.
Castle was out of the mix on Monday, leaving Gotham, The Blacklist and CTV Evening News to take first, second and third place for the night respectively. Gotham had a surprising spike in viewership considering it lost its lead in of original Big Bang Theory episodes last week. The Batman crime drama managed to gain 275,000 viewers.
As the US elections were on Tuesday, it was the day probably hardest hit by preemptions. CTV chose to run The Hunger Games and it did fairly well with 1,702,000 tuning in.
Many of the shows during the rest of the week saw negligible losses and gains from last week, however on the weekend things became a bit more interesting. The weekend edition of CTV Evening News sprung out of nowhere to best CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada for Saturday. On Sunday, Once lost 137,000 viewers from last week, while Madam Secretary surged, gaining 265,000 viewers over last week. Looks like it’s gaining a following, who would’ve guessed?