2.75 Million Watch on CTV as Brian Melo Crowned 2007 Canadian Idol Champion

When Hamilton’s Brian Melo’s name was revealed as the 2007 Canadian Idol champion in the final minutes of last night’s star-studded season finale, a remarkable 2.75 million Canadians were watching, CTV confirmed today. In all, the unforgettable, two-hour Canadian Idol finale ended with an average audience of 2.25 million viewers, the single biggest audience of the season and once again the No. 1 program of the night in Canada.

In addition, Canadian Idol:

– Saw nearly 5 million Canadians tune in to some or all of the broadcast.
– More than doubled the audience of Big Brother (CBS/Global; 983,000) nationally, during the 9-10 p.m. hour.
– Was the most-watched show in Toronto by 25 per cent compared to the second-ranked show (CTV National News). With 428,000 viewers, Canadian Idol saw its Toronto audience jump 21 per cent compared to last year’s finale.

With the latest season now concluded, Canadian Idol finishes for the
fifth season in a row as the most-watched program of the summer on Canadian television. The non-simulcast Idol drew 23 per cent more viewers than the second most-ranked series on Canadian TV this summer, America’s Got Talent (CTV/NBC).

“Five seasons later, Canadian Idol not only continues to capture the
hearts of Canadians from coast-to-coast, but still transforms the lives of the competitors who entertain us each summer,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Congratulations to both Brian and Jaydee and thank you for a thrilling finish.”

Now with five winners and dozens of finalists continuing to make their living as recording artists, Canadian Idol has changed the Canadian music industry landscape. The numbers speak for themselves:

Canadian Idol Alumni
– 34 CDs released
– 7 No. 1 singles
– 1,000,000+ units sold by Canadian Idol finalists
– 16 JUNO Nominations

In its fifth season, Canadian Idol continued to prove why it is
considered one of the most innovative Idol formats among the dozens that appear on television screens around the world. A look back at the numbers from Season 5:

Canadian Idol Season 5

– 12 guest stars for the most blockbuster line-up of special guests yet: Enrique Iglesias, Queen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Paul Anka, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila, Kalan Porter, Hedley and Low Level Flight
– 9,477: number of competitors Brian Melo outlasted to claim the Canadian Idol crown.
– 37,231,772: total votes cast this season, more than one for every man, woman and child in the country.
– 4,849,386: total votes for the final performance episode this season, the most ever in the history of the series.
– 15 cities on the Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour, beginning Nov. 18: Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Ottawa, Belleville, Toronto, Hamilton, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Surrey and Edmonton
– 42: percentage of Gold Ticket winners that played an instrument after Canadian Idol changed the rules to allow competitors to accompany themselves in competition.
– 100,000 – number of kilometres the Canadian Idol production team traveled from coast-to-coast in search of this year’s winner
– 50+: number of hats 2007 champion Brian Melo accumulated over the course of the summer
– 30: number of hours of Canadian Idol Season 5 broadcast on CTV, with more than 25 hours produced live.
– 21,600: number of people who attended Canadian Idol Top 10 tapings this summer at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre
– 1,000: number of crew members coast-to-coast who helped bring the show to air
– 11: cities on the 2007 Canadian Idol audition tour: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto and Oshawa

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