Merlin Premiere Viewer Ratings

Canadians were spellbound by MERLIN last night, as 1.1 million viewers travelled to Camelot for the two-hour premiere of the series on CTV, winning the night as the most-watched program on television. The fantasy-filled premiere conjured up Sunday night fans of all ages, placing first with key demos A18-49 and A25-54.  With a Reach of nearly 3 million viewers, MERLIN attracted more and more viewers throughout the broadcast, peaking with 1.53 million viewers during its last half hour.

Next week, MERLIN continues on his mythical journey as CTV presents another night of family-friendly viewing. In the two-hour episode, “Mask of Nimeuh/The Poisoned Chalice” (Sunday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET), a deadly plague spreads through Camelot. When it seems that sorcery can be the only possible explanation, Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Gaius (Richard Wilson) race to find a cure; meanwhile Gwen (Angel Coulby) is arrested and sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft. Meanwhile, with her sights set firmly on Merlin (Colin Morgan), Nimeuh (Michelle Ryan, BIONIC WOMAN) tricks him into drinking from a poisoned chalice, and he falls dangerously ill. Arthur (Bradley James) ventures deep into the Forest of Balor to find the antidote, but little does he know that he’s walking into a trap.

CTV, Canada’s Olympic Network, is also Canada’s largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada’s most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada’s premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at www.ctv.ca.

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