Winter Season Ratings Update: CTV Delivers 10 of the Top 10 Programs on Canadian Television

— CTV claims nine of the Top 10 programs for A25-54 and eight of the Top 10 for A18-49 —

— American Idol, Lost, Eli Stone, Medium, Law & Order and The Moment of Truth enjoy ratings prominence —

A review of the latest audience figures from BBM Nielsen Media Canada confirms that CTV has Canada’s most-watched programs this winter by an overwhelming margin in total viewers and key demos. Led by ratings juggernaut American Idol, CTV claims 10 out of the Top 10 continuing programs airing during the Winter Season (Dec. 17-Feb. 3) among total viewers.

Additionally, CTV has nine out of the Top 10 programs on Canadian television among A25-54 and eight out of the Top 10 programs among A18-49.

Winter’s No. 1 hit show, American Idol, leads the charge, averaging nearly three million viewers since its debut on Jan. 15. Fan favourite Lost returns to the Top 10 (#7) with 1.837 million viewers as does all-new Law & Order (#6, 1.839 million), with new cast members Jeremy Sisto and Linus Roache. CTV’s The Moment of Truth is the only brand new series on Canadian television to crack the Top 10 (#9, 1.6 million).

When looking at the Top 20 shows on Canadian television, CTV delivers 16 out of 20 among total viewers (up from 15 in ‘06/07), 16 out of 20 among A25-54 (up from 14 in ‘06/07) and 15 out of 20 among A18-49 (up from 12 in ‘06/07). New drama series Eli Stone lands at #17 with 1.2 million viewers while all-new episodes of Medium returns the series to the Top 20 at #13 (1.339 million viewers). Corner Gas (#18, 1.2 million) remains the only Canadian series in the Top 20.

Here are the Top 10 Winter Season rankings at a glance from Dec. 17 to Feb. 3:

Total Viewers

1. American Idol Tues. (CTV)
2.975 million

2. American Idol Wed. (CTV)
2.722 million

3. CSI: Miami (CTV)
2.09 million

4. Criminal Minds (CTV)
1.969 million

5. CSI: NY (CTV)
1.897 million

6. Law & Order (CTV)
1.839 million

7. Lost (CTV)
1.837 million

8. Law & Order: SVU (CTV)
1.6 million

9. The Moment of Truth (CTV)
1.586 million

10. ER (CTV)
1.555 million

A25-54

1. American Idol Tues. (CTV)
1.705 million

2. American Idol Wed. (CTV)
1.605 million

3. Criminal Minds (CTV)
1.1 million

4. Lost (CTV)
1.076 million

5. CSI: Miami (CTV)
1.06 million

6. CSI: NY (CTV)
990,000

7. Law & Order (CTV)
976,000

8. ER (CTV)
975,000

9. House (Global)
931,000

10. Law & Order: SVU (CTV)
890,000

A18-49

1. American Idol Tues. (CTV)
1.606 million

2. American idol Wed. (CTV)
1.505 million

3. Lost (CTV)
1.077 million

4. CSI: Miami (CTV)
966,000

5. Criminal Minds (CTV)
921,000

6. The Moment of Truth (CTV)
877,000

7. House (Global)
870,000

8. ER (CTV)
834,000

9. Law & Order (CTV)
825,000

10. Celebrity Apprentice (Global)
807,000

*Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research). Note: Rankings based on continuing series currently scheduled. Series removed from this ranking include Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and The Amazing Race.

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