CTV's Winter Schedule 2008/2009

CTV revealed a midseason schedule today starring the hottest series on television. The schedule officially kicks off the week of January 5 with a new Monday night comedy block; the move of FRINGE, one of this fall’s biggest hits, to CTV on Tuesday, January 6; and the return of the hit CTV original series FLASHPOINT on Friday, January 9. Anchoring it all is the #1 television program in the country, AMERICAN IDOL, which returns with a four-hour, two-night, eighth season premiere on Tuesday, January 13 and Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET. New to the schedule is the legal drama RAISING THE BAR, beginning Friday, January 9 from Emmy-Award winner Steven Bochco (NYPD BLUE, HILL STREET BLUES, LA LAW) and starring Canadians Currie Graham, Gloria Reuben and Jonathan Scarfe.

Viewers can also look forward to the highly-anticipated series finales of ER on Thursday, March 12 from 9-11 p.m. ET and Canada’s #1 comedy series, CORNER GAS (date TBA). See “Schedule” below for a night-by-night listing of programming.

The announcement comes as CTV continues to chart eight of the Top 10 programs on Canadian television this fall – not only among total viewers, but among A25-54 and A18-49 as well. CTV also lays claim to Canada’s #1 program overall and #1 drama (CRIMINAL MINDS), and Canada’s #1 comedy series (CORNER GAS). CTV’s average primetime audience this fall (1.414 million) continues to distance itself from the competition, delivering nearly double the number of viewers in primetime than Global (734,000).*

“The midseason schedule picks up on the momentum of Canada’s # 1 Fall schedule with the return of Canada’s favourite series, blockbuster finales and special major events,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Additional highlights include:
THE BIG BANG THEORY as well as current Top 20 hit TWO AND A HALF MEN join CORNER GAS for a Monday night primetime lineup full of side-splitting comedy, beginning January 5
The Emmy Award-winning series THE AMAZING RACE returns for a fourteenth season on Sunday, February 15
All-new episodes from Top 10 hits CRIMINAL MINDS, GREY’S ANATOMY, CSI, CSI: MIAMI, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and LAW & ORDER: SVU
The 66th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS® launch award season January 11
SUPER BOWL XLIII® kicks-off February 1
Roll out the red carpet for THE 80th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS® February 22

SCHEDULE
CTV’s Midseason Schedule of new series, seasons and episodes unfolds as follows (all times ET; for complete series descriptions and timeslots, see “Addendum” below):

Sundays
7 p.m. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
7:30 p.m. DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
8 p.m. THE AMAZING RACE **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (simulcast)
10 p.m. WITHOUT A TRACE

Mondays
8 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY **RETURNING TO CTV** (simulcast)
8:30 p.m. TWO AND A HALF MEN **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’**
9 p.m. TWO AND A HALF MEN **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’** (simulcast)
9:30 p.m. CORNER GAS
10 p.m. CSI: MIAMI (simulcast)

Tuesdays
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. FRINGE **MOVES TO CTV FROM ‘A’** (simulcast)
10 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)

Wednesdays
8 p.m. AMERICAN IDOL **NEW SEASON** (simulcast)
9 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (simulcast)
10 p.m. CSI: NEW YORK (simulcast)

Thursdays
8 p.m. CSI
9 p.m. GREY’S ANATOMY (simulcast)
10 p.m. ER (simulcast)

Fridays
8 p.m. GHOST WHISPERER (simulcast)
9 p.m. FLASHPOINT ** NEW EPISODES ON CTV** (simulcast)
10 p.m. RAISING THE BAR **NEW SERIES**

Saturdays
7 p.m. W-FIVE
8 p.m. CRIME TIME
9 p.m. CRIME TIME
10 p.m. LAW & ORDER: SVU (simulcast)

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