1.9 Million Viewers Watch Nico Archambault Become First Ever Winner of So You Think You Can Dance Canada

– More than four million viewers watch some part of broadcast on CTV –
– MuchMusic presents eight-hour SYTYCDC marathon before Finale encore this Sunday –

Toronto, ON (December 8, 2008) – Last night’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA season finale was watched by a record 1.66 million viewers, the most ever for the series, preliminary data from BBM Nielsen Media Research confirms. The thrilling two-hour finale peaked at 1.9 million viewers when 24-year-old Longueuil, QC dancer Nico Archambault was presented with a cheque for $100,000, the keys to a brand new, 2009 Mercedes-Benz C230 and was named Canada’s Favourite Dancer. In all, more than four million viewers tuned in to some part of the finale, which was the most-watched program on Canadian television last night in its timeslot.

After 22 episodes, more than 15 million votes and countless twists, steps, turns and leaps, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA ends its inaugural season as Canada’s #1 new program of the fall in total viewers and all key demos. Ranking at #15 on the Top 20 list of Canada’s most-watched television programs, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is also the #1 Canadian series overall, ahead of even HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Performance episodes of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA averaged 1.4 million viewers for the season.

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s success is a testament to the creativity and excellence of the entire production team, cast and choreographers,” Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “Congratulations to Nico and all of the dancers who taught us the language of dance has no boundaries.”

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA also:

is the most-watched program on MuchMusic for P2+ and P12-34.
in its first season, delivered 21% and 13% more viewers on average for its performance episodes than Season 2 and Season 3 of the U.S. series.
ranks at #11 among Canada’s Top 20 programs for A18-34.

The series may have wrapped, but SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA’s Top 10 are taking their moves on the road for an historic, 15-city Canadian tour beginning January 30, 2009 in Vancouver. Featuring hit performances from throughout the first season, details regarding on-sale dates and ticket purchasing is available at dance. CTV.ca.

For those who missed this week’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA finale, viewers can catch an encore on MuchMusic Sunday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET (visit muchmusic.com to confirm local broadcast times). Before that, MuchMusic relives the entire inaugural season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA with an eight-hour marathon airing prior to the Finale on Sunday, December 14 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

Highlights from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA episodes are available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. For exclusive footage and clips, information on dancers, judges and choreographers along with image galleries, videos, forums, blogs from the judges and more, visit dance.CTV.ca.

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