September 2009

CTV’s FLASHPOINT delivered yet another bullseye Friday night, capturing its largest audience ever* with nearly two million (1.88 million) viewers on CTV. Growing by a remarkable 48%* from last season’s premiere and peaking at 2.3 million viewers, the debut was #1 of the night, outgunning timeslot competitor NUMB3RS (Global/CBS, 678,000) by 178%. FLASHPOINT also debuted #1 in its timeslot in Toronto and Vancouver and in the key 18-34 and 18-49 demos.

In the series’ most emotional and unforgettable episode ever, which saw Lewis (Mark Taylor) sacrifice his life for the team, FLASHPOINT improved by 29% on its 9 p.m. lead-in MEDIUM (1.5 million) and grew 6% in its second half hour.

An encore broadcast of the debut delivered 625,000 viewers Saturday night. Viewers who missed the episode can also watch it on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

Additionally, Friday nights’ GHOST WHISPERER season premiere delivered 1.7 million viewers at 8 p.m., #1 in its timeslot and winning the A25-54 and female 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 demos for the night. It was followed by the season premiere of MEDIUM with 1.5 million viewers at 9 p.m. which was also # 1 in its timeslot and won the adult, female and M18-49 and M25-54 demos. The series premieres rank #2 and #3 respectively in primetime on the night. Overall, CTV once again won primetime with the most-watched programs in every time-slot from 8-11:30 p.m.

In this weeks’ FLASHPOINT episode, entitled “Never Let You Down” (Friday, October 2 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV), the SRU must locate and rescue beautiful young waitress Zoe Granger (Joanna Douglas, BEING ERICA) after she is abducted by a mysterious intruder.

Tuesday, September 29 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

After the State’s Attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges, Alicia becomes second chair on a civil suit involving the rape of a prostitute at a bachelor party who may have been hired and abused by her own husband.

10:00pm – Tuesday, September 29 on CTV

A young woman’s body is found stuffed inside a suitcase, and police believe that the victim, Mindy Keefe (guest star Julie Craig, THE GUIDING LIGHT), was a train passenger on her way to Tampa when she was murdered. Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) turn to Keefe’s financier boyfriend, Owen Cassidy’s (guest star Matt C. Burns, THE KILL POINT) yacht to investigate. After further searching, the detectives discover Keefe belonged to an online dating website, but the detectives are forced to turn to ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) when the CEO of the dating website, Vance Shepard (guest star Eric McCormack, WILL & GRACE), refuses to comment on the case.

This fall it’s back-to-back nights of coast-to-coast drama! On Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET head to Los Angeles and catch the highly anticipated return of Kristin Cavallari as she brings bitchy back to THE HILLS. Then it’s over to Whitney Port and the streets of New York as she navigates the cutthroat world of high fashion when THE CITY begins Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. ET. But that’s just half the fun. Join Canada’s own Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank live on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights with the North American hit series THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW (Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET) and THE CITY LIVE AFTER SHOW (Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET). Check out full episodes of all these shows on demand at mtv.ca via the site’s high-res video player.

All new episodes of THE HILLS, last year’s #1 non-sports program on Canadian specialty TV for P12-34, are back! The claws are out as Kristin Cavallari brings her own brand of untamed charm back to THE HILLS. She ruffles a few feathers when she sets her eyes on Justin Bobby, Audrina Patridge’s on-again, off-again boyfriend. Get ready for bigger brawls, bigger egos and even bigger drama on this installment of THE HILLS.

New episodes of THE CITY see Whitney Port start fresh by dropping her rock star boyfriend Jay and focusing on what she moved to New York for in the first place – her fashion career. Last season, Whitney got a taste for The Big Apple, but now she’s ready to totally take over New York City.

The Canadian hit and last year’s #2 most-watched program on MTV for P12-34** THE HILLS LIVE AFTER SHOW is back along with THE CITY LIVE AFTER SHOW. Hosts Dan Levy and Jessi Cruickshank dish the dirt and recap the drama as they interact with fans from across North America via webcam. Catch the Gemini-nominated LIVE AFTER SHOWS following every episode of THE HILLS and THE CITY. Fans can tune into MTV in Canada or head online at mtv.com in the U.S.

Tuesday, September 29 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

As the team is working the murder of a drug dealer, the caseh ends up being personal for one of the team members.

9:00pm – Tuesday, September 29 on CTV

Its elimination night for the celebrity couples as one pairing is sent home.

Tuesday, September 29 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Gibbs is forced to dig into the past when a murder of a Marine and his two friends turns out to be linked to his team. Meanwhile, Gibbs faces a tough challenge as he holds Ziva’s fate in his hands.

8:00pm – Tuesday, September 29 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic and 8 p.m. MT on ACCESS

Monk (Tony Shaloub) becomes involved in the disappearance of a city official that could have ramifications concerning Trudy’s murder.

8:00pm – Tuesday, September 29 on CTV

The Top 10 competitors take to the stage and dance their hearts out to prove they should be Canada’s Favourite Dancer.

This Saturday, Toronto trades sleep for a celebration of contemporary art and nightlife. On this night, when Toronto is transformed into an open-air art gallery, CTV’s Bravo!FACT’s (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) finest COMEDIC short films are screening at CTV’s street-level studio, 299 Queen Street West. Out of Site: Contemporary Art Works on Queen Street West Presents From Dusk to Dawn: A Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) Screening. This FREE event will run from 9 p.m. Saturday, October 3rd to 7 a.m. Sunday, October 4th.

Bravo!FACT shorts will be screened on a continuous loop both in studio and on a sidewalk-facing screen for pedestrians (with audio until 11 p.m.). Visitors enter the front doors of the Queen St. entrance.

Bravo!FACT shorts screening at Dusk to Dawn are:

SIGH, a physically comedic dance piece about falling in love at the supermarket, conceived by  and starring Joe Cobden, who co-directed with Benjamin Steiger-Levine;

THE PERFECT MATCH, an opera about two lonely sock puppets and their quest for love, directed by Tom Diamond;

LIBRARY RATS, a comedic dance short, starring Montreal-based “Les 5 doigts de la main” directed by Frédérick Pelletier ;

PEN PALS, an animated story of a late night duel between a pencil and a technically superior graphic pen, directed by Art Curry;

THE STRAIGHTJACKET LOTTERY, a black comedy about the thin line dividing the mentally well from the mentally ill, written and directed by Doug Karr;

THE ARGUMENT, a husband’s fantasy about a rebuttal to an argument he imagines having with his wife, starring real-life husband and wife Colin Mochrie and Deb McMgrath directed and produced by Larry Weinstein;

THE GIRLFRIEND INTERVIEWS, an experimental and comical mockumentary about the search for one woman’s next girlfriend, starting Anne-Marie MacDonald, Cara Pifko, Shoshana Sparling, Pamela Matthew, Diane Flacks and others, written and directed by Cassandra Nicolaou;

THE ISLAND, where the filmmaker considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received, written, directed, produced and performed by Trevor Anderson

5 DYSFUNCTIONAL PEOPLE IN A CAR, a witty short about a dysfunctional family dropping Grandma off at a retirement home against her wishes, written and directed by Pat Mills;

120 SECONDS TO GET ELECTED, about a politician who seduces a crowd of potential voters in two minutes, directed by Denis Villeneuve;

CATTLE CALL, a short that examines auctioneering as a spoken word art form, directed and animated by Matthew Rankin and Michael Maryniuk;

SKYLIGHT, a cautionary mockumentary set against the foreboding backdrop of the Antarctic, written, directed and animated by David Baas.