November 2011

HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Astral’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), drops the puck for HBO Sports’ award-winning 24/7 franchise, as it joins forces with the National Hockey League to present 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic .

Subscribers go rink-side when the four -part all-access reality series premieres Wednesday , December 14 at 10 p.m. ET/MT , building up to the two teams matchup at the fifth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 2.

This year, 24/7 follows the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, simultaneously chronicling the clubs’ highs and lows each week. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews with coaches, players and front-office personnel, the series follows the two teams as they battle through their December schedules, facing off on December 23 in New York, and meeting again in the first NHL game at Citizens Bank Park.

Available in High Definition, episodes of 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic debut on subsequent Wednesdays – December 21 and 28, and January 4 – at 10:00 p.m. and will be available on demand. The January 4 series finale debuts two days after the Winter Classic, with cameras tracking the drama and excitement surrounding the Flyers and Rangers on game day.

With 14 Sports Emmy ® Awards, 24/7 is the most-honoured sports series of the past four years. At the 2011 Sports Emmy ® Awards, the franchise received two trophies for production excellence, including the award for Outstanding Edited Sports Special for 24/7 Penguins/Capitals . The executive producer of 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; co-producer, Abtin Motia; writer, Aaron Cohen; and narrator, Liev Schreiber.

24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic will be simulcast on HBO Canada HD, and will be available on demand. It will also be available on HBO Canada OnLine with participating television providers following its network premiere.

The debut of CTV’s newest fall series GRIMM delivered anything but grim audiences Friday when an impressive 1.53 million viewers watched the stand-alone premiere at 8 p.m.

Against Game 7 of the World Series, GRIMM was Canada’s most-watched television program Friday night in total viewers and all key adult demos, and becomes one of the most-watched new drama premieres of the season, following the debuts of PAN AM, ONCE UPON A TIME, and UNFORGETTABLE.

As a result of its debut success, CTV moves the series into simulcast Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning this Friday, Nov. 4.

GRIMM showed strong growth throughout the hour, increasing 12% among total viewers in its second half hour to peak with 2 million viewers. Head-to-head, GRIMM delivered more than two-and-a-half times more viewers than its nearest conventional competition at 8 p.m., A GIFTED MAN (590,000; Global/CBS), and 44% more viewers than the WORLD SERIES (1.07 million; Sportsnet). In the markets, GRIMM was the #1 non-sports program in its timeslot with total viewers and A18-49, and in Toronto won the day with ratings of 5.1 and 5.4 for A18-49 and A25-54, and a killer 5.9 for A18-34. The episode is available now for catch-up viewing at ctv.ca and spacecast.com.

On SPACE, 219,000 viewers tuned-in to the GRIMM premiere on Sunday night, making it the #1 program of the night on SPACE and the #1 non-sports specialty broadcast in its timeslot among adult viewers (A25-54 and A18-49). GRIMM airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on SPACE.

In the U.S., GRIMM debuted Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC to 6.5 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated (non-sports) Friday night broadcast since last New Year’s Eve and delivering the highest rating for a Friday scripted series in more than a year.*      

In addition to the GRIMM premiere, CTV won every hour of core primetime (8-11 p.m.) on Friday among total viewers, A18-49 and A25-54 with encore episodes of CSI MIAMI and CSI NEW YORK delivering 1.34 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 1.42 million viewers at 10 p.m., respectively.

In this Friday’s episode, a barbaric family history is revealed when Nick and Hank investigate a case of breaking and entering. Meanwhile, Nick assigns Monroe to look after Aunt Marie. “Bears will be Bears” premieres Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV and Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on SPACE.