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CTV continues to dominate premiere week on Canadian television, taking Thursday with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy and now laying claim to three out of four nights this week. Topping Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy was the most-watched program on television Thursday, leading CTV to rank five out of the Top 6 shows:

At 9 p.m., the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy on CTV delivered 2.6 million viewers, up 48% compared to last year and including 1.42 million viewers in the key A18-49 demo. Head-to-head, Grey’s almost tripled the audience for The Office (NBC/Global, 886,000) and was No. 1 in the timeslot in both Toronto/Hamilton (654,000) and Vancouver (383,000).

Grey’s won the night over Survivor, which dropped to 2.45 million viewers. Head-to-head at 8 p.m., CSI was No. 1 in Toronto/Hamilton out of simulcast on CTV (540,000), besting Survivor (427,000) in simulcast on CBS/Global by 26%. Nationally, CSI was in a statistical dead-heat with Survivor, attracting 2.4 million viewers, including 1.1 million viewers A18-49 and ending as the No. 3 show of the night.

At 10 p.m., the series debut of Big Shots on CTV attracted 1.13 million viewers, landing the show at No. 5 for the night. Big Shots was up 45% over Shark (CBS/Global, 780,000) nationally and bested Shark in both Toronto/Hamilton and Vancouver.

Out of simulcast, ER drew nearly a million viewers (907,000) at 7 p.m. on CTV.

The Top 6 programs on Canadian television last night:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (2,592,000)
2. Survivor (2,452,000)
3. CSI (2,406,000)
4. CTV Evening News (1,444,000)
5. Big Shots (1,130,000)
6. ER (907,000)

Data quoted represents total viewers (2+) for CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

CTV won Wednesday night with a clean sweep of the Top 5 programs on television last night. With more than one million viewers watching in each hour from 7-11 p.m., CTV won every timeslot in all key demos:

1. Private Practice became the most-watched new drama of the season when 1.6 million viewers watched at 9 p.m. on CTV, more than 35% more total viewers than Cane (1.2 million, Global/CBS) on Tuesday. Head-to-head, Private Practice more than doubled Bones on Global (714,000) last night.

2. At 10 p.m., CSI: New York returned with 2.3 million viewers, more than three times the audience that watched the series premiere of Life (713,000) on Global/NBC.

3. Criminal Minds returned for its third season with 1.3 million viewers out of simulcast at 7 p.m.

4. Dancing With the Stars continued its momentum, attracting 1.9 million viewers at 8 p.m. on its third night this week and ranking as the second most-watched program on Canadian television last night. Dancing With the Stars doubled the audience for Back To You (Global/FOX), which fell 24% from its season premiere to 950,000.

The Top 5 programs on television last night in all major demos:

1. CSI: New York (2,309,000)
2. Dancing With the Stars (1,886,000)
3. Private Practice (1,616,000)
4. CTV Evening News (1,386,000)
5. Criminal Minds (1,284,000)

Data quoted represents total viewers (2+) for CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

When Hamilton’s Brian Melo’s name was revealed as the 2007 Canadian Idol champion in the final minutes of last night’s star-studded season finale, a remarkable 2.75 million Canadians were watching, CTV confirmed today. In all, the unforgettable, two-hour Canadian Idol finale ended with an average audience of 2.25 million viewers, the single biggest audience of the season and once again the No. 1 program of the night in Canada.

In addition, Canadian Idol:

– Saw nearly 5 million Canadians tune in to some or all of the broadcast.
– More than doubled the audience of Big Brother (CBS/Global; 983,000) nationally, during the 9-10 p.m. hour.
– Was the most-watched show in Toronto by 25 per cent compared to the second-ranked show (CTV National News). With 428,000 viewers, Canadian Idol saw its Toronto audience jump 21 per cent compared to last year’s finale.

With the latest season now concluded, Canadian Idol finishes for the
fifth season in a row as the most-watched program of the summer on Canadian television. The non-simulcast Idol drew 23 per cent more viewers than the second most-ranked series on Canadian TV this summer, America’s Got Talent (CTV/NBC).

“Five seasons later, Canadian Idol not only continues to capture the
hearts of Canadians from coast-to-coast, but still transforms the lives of the competitors who entertain us each summer,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. “Congratulations to both Brian and Jaydee and thank you for a thrilling finish.”

Now with five winners and dozens of finalists continuing to make their living as recording artists, Canadian Idol has changed the Canadian music industry landscape. The numbers speak for themselves:

Canadian Idol Alumni
– 34 CDs released
– 7 No. 1 singles
– 1,000,000+ units sold by Canadian Idol finalists
– 16 JUNO Nominations

In its fifth season, Canadian Idol continued to prove why it is
considered one of the most innovative Idol formats among the dozens that appear on television screens around the world. A look back at the numbers from Season 5:

Canadian Idol Season 5

– 12 guest stars for the most blockbuster line-up of special guests yet: Enrique Iglesias, Queen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Paul Anka, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila, Kalan Porter, Hedley and Low Level Flight
– 9,477: number of competitors Brian Melo outlasted to claim the Canadian Idol crown.
– 37,231,772: total votes cast this season, more than one for every man, woman and child in the country.
– 4,849,386: total votes for the final performance episode this season, the most ever in the history of the series.
– 15 cities on the Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour, beginning Nov. 18: Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Ottawa, Belleville, Toronto, Hamilton, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Surrey and Edmonton
– 42: percentage of Gold Ticket winners that played an instrument after Canadian Idol changed the rules to allow competitors to accompany themselves in competition.
– 100,000 – number of kilometres the Canadian Idol production team traveled from coast-to-coast in search of this year’s winner
– 50+: number of hats 2007 champion Brian Melo accumulated over the course of the summer
– 30: number of hours of Canadian Idol Season 5 broadcast on CTV, with more than 25 hours produced live.
– 21,600: number of people who attended Canadian Idol Top 10 tapings this summer at Toronto’s John Bassett Theatre
– 1,000: number of crew members coast-to-coast who helped bring the show to air
– 11: cities on the 2007 Canadian Idol audition tour: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto and Oshawa

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson Named Canada’s Best Newscast by RTNDA
– CTV Declared the Big Winner with 10 RTNDA Awards –

TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ – Canada’s No. 1 national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson has just been named Canada’s Best Newscast by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The award was presented tonight to Wendy Freeman, Vice President and Executive Producer, CTV News and Robert Hurst, President, CTV News, at the RTNDA’s National Awards Gala in Vancouver. The coveted award was just one of 10 RTNDA awards and one honorable mention for the CTV News Division – more than any other television broadcaster.

The RTNDA Awards, which are widely regarded as the highest recognition
for broadcast journalism in Canada, were also handed out to CTV’s W FIVE and CTV’s local newscasts in British Columbia, Toronto and Regina. (See below for the complete summary)

For CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, the Best Newscast award caps off another No. 1 year for CTV. BBM Nielsen audience numbers confirm that CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson is not just No. 1 in total viewers, but outperforms Global National and The National (CBC) in all key advertising demographics – Adults 18+, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

The CTV National News Advantage

Mon – Fri (5 Days)

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson

Global National

CBC the National

Mon – Sun (7 Days(*))

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson/Sandie Rinaldo

Global National

CBC the National

Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research Jan 1, 2007 to June 17, 2007

(*) note: seven-day weighted average

For Robertson, the news rounds out another stellar year for Canada’s Most Trusted Anchor. He was recently named to Canada’s Walk of Fame, the first journalist ever inducted (June, 2007), and was named Canada’s most powerful anchor in news by TV Guide (April 2007).

2006 RTNDA National and Network Awards:

Network Awards

CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson

– Best Newscast
– Best Spot News – Shelling of Beit Hanoun
– Best Short Feature – Life on the Run
– Best Videography – Canadian Evacuees
– Best Spot News – The Battle of Pashmul (Honorable Mention)


– Best In-depth/Investigative Report – Dr. Hope
– Best Information Program – Danger on the Road/Children of Woodlands

National Awards

CTV British Columbia

– Short Feature – Nagasaki Vet
– In-depth or Investigative – Filthy Foster Home

CTV Regina

– Best News information – Calling Home

CTV Toronto

– Continuing Coverage – Bail System

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by CTVglobemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.

CTV Cranks Up the Heat with Hot New Episodes This June

Program Alert – May 30, 2007

CTV’s summer schedule is sizzling with brand-new episodes and specials throughout the month of June. Programming highlights for June include:

• Canada AM’s Jeff Hutcheson travels to Ottawa as the Senators prepare for their first home game in the Stanley Cup playoffs (June 1)
• Encore presentations of CTV Original movies air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 1
• Television’s most dangerous comedy challenge, Thank God You’re Here premieres (June 2)
• Reporter Anna Cyzon dishes on all the juicy highlights from the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on eTalk (June 4)
• Marci Ien sits down with the legendary The Price is Right host Bob Barker on Canada AM (June 5, 6)
• Canadian Idol returns for a fifth season (June 5)
• Viewers get a glimpse of what Canada’s Walk of Fame host Eugene Levy has in store for this year’s Tribute Gala on eTalk (June 8)
• Sean makes a life-changing decision about his partnership in McNamara/Troy in the season finale of Nip/Tuck (June 9)
• Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim welcome this year’s inductees on the red carpet on eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame before Eugene Levy hosts the 10th Annual Canada’s Walk of Fame (June 10)
• Tune in to the only source for official Canada’s Walk of Fame coverage as eTalk highlights the best moments (June 11)
• The Top 20 perform for the first time in So You Think You Can Dance (June 13)
• Canada AM is packing its bags and heading to Seamus’ hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland where a block party will be hosted from the city’s downtown core (June 14, 15)
• The Saturday night comedy block returns with Comedy Now! and Comedy Inc. (June 16)
• Canada AM’s Bev Thomson visits the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas (June 18, 19)
• Viewers learn for the first time the identities of the new Top 22 in Canadian Idol (June 19)

Pirate Master, On the Lot Sign On To The CTV Broadband Network

CTV announced today that Pirate Master and On The Lot, have joined The CTV Broadband Network schedule at CTV.ca. They are the latest U.S. Network series to join the broadband line-up. Details for both are below:

Pirate Master
Starting tonight, each new episode of Pirate Master will be available free on broadband following its television debut on CTV. The episodes will be posted Thursdays at 11:59 p.m. ET and will remain there for 29 days. The rollicking series premiere airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

On The Lot
The first four previously aired episodes of On The Lot will be loaded up to ctv.ca tonight at 12 midnight ET for viewers to catch up. Then, as new episodes make their television debut, they will be available for viewing later that night at 11:59 p.m. ET. On The Lot airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

The addition of both series to the CTV Broadband Network following their television debuts are in keeping with CTV’s “Broadband Catch Up Strategy” for viewers who may have missed an episode or want a repeat viewing on their own terms.

To watch Pirate Master and On The Lot on broadband, visit CTV.ca and click on “The CTV Broadband Network.”

Broadcast Schedule Revealed as Canadian Idol Gets Set to Rock the Nation, Starting June 5 on CTV

– Canada’s most-watched Summer series returns –
– New rules allowing instruments produces new crop of talent for Top 200 –

Toronto, ON (May 29, 2007) –Thirty-three CDs. Seven No. 1 singles. Almost one million units sold. Sixteen JUNO nominations. Over the past four years, Canadian Idol has not only changed the lives of hundreds of singers across the country, but the Canadian music industry as well. Now, the dream-making series returns for a fifth blockbuster season next Tuesday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times) with a 90-minute audition episode featuring the best and worst of this year’s cross-Canada audition tour. Thirty-one episodes later, another life will be changed when the next Canadian Idol is crowned.

In 2003, Canadian Idol made Canadian television history by becoming the most-watched, home-grown (English language) series of all time. Four seasons later, Canadian Idol continues to hold that title as well as Summer’s No. 1 show overall. Last September’s finale peaked at 3.4 million viewers when Eva Avila was crowned the 2006 Canadian Idol champion.

Now, Canadian Idol returns with a format change that has dramatically changed the game: instruments. The North American-first resulted in a whole new crop of talent which, for the first time, saw more guys than girls land the coveted “Gold Ticket” to the Top 200 round.

“Canadian Idol is one of those rare shows that actually makes a difference,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the Media Group. “Not only to the competitors whose lives are changed by the experience, but to viewers at home as well.”

“This is one of the best cross-country auditions we’ve ever had,” said Executive Producer John Brunton. “Allowing competitors to audition with instruments has attracted a level of talent that we haven’t seen before. Get ready for one of the best seasons ever.”

The season begins with a 90-minute episode on June 5 (8:30 – 10 p.m. ET) with highlights from auditions in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Halifax. The broadcast schedule then unfolds as follows (all times ET; times and dates subject to change; go to idol.ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

Continuing Tuesday, June 12 with a 90-minute episode from 8:30 – 10 p.m. featuring auditions from Saskatoon, Montreal, Vancouver and London.
Top 200 episodes air Monday, June 18 from 9-10 p.m. and Tuesday, June 19 from 8:30 – 10 p.m.
Top 22 performance episodes air Mondays/Tuesdays from 9 – 10 p.m. beginning June 25
Top 22 results episodes air Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8 p.m. beginning June 27
First Top 10 shows airs Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18
Top 10 shows move to their regular timeslot on Mondays/Tuesdays beginning July 23
Looking for their own shot at Idol success, nearly 10,000 hopefuls lined up in shopping mall corridors after the 2007 audition tour kicked off in Vancouver in January. Representing hometowns from B.C. to Newfoundland, this year’s Canadian Idol Top 22 were culled from 198 competitors who gathered in Toronto during an intense, four-day showdown in May.

Last season’s success will be hard to beat: more than 36 million votes were cast over the course of the season – more than one vote for each man, woman and child in the country, adding to an overall total over four seasons of more than 200 million votes. Additionally, Canadian Idol was viewed in some part by over 14 million Canadians – more than half of Canada’s English-language population.

The series also continues to be a major career opportunity for undiscovered singers looking to get a break in a challenging industry. More than 30 former Canadian Idol Top 10 finalists have recorded and released albums, resulting in sales of nearly 1 million units.

Last year’s champion, Eva Avila, followed up her Platinum-selling first single with a well-received CD that went Gold in Canada. In the midst of a cross-country tour in support of the CD, Avila signed with Ford Models and became the first ever Canadian face for Maybelline New York. Next up for Avila is the creation of a new album that will feature material in English and French.

Meanwhile, other former Idols continue to keep busy. Largely responsible for the writing and music, Season 2 winner Kalan Porter has been hard at work on his sophomore CD expected to be released August 23. Fellow Season 2 competitor Jacob Hoggard and his band Hedley were nominated for three MMVAs last week, following two MMVA nominations last year (and three 2007 JUNO Award nominations). Earlier this year, the first Canadian Idol Ryan Malcolm released his second CD “Urgency” along with his new band, Low Level Flight, which is continually being added to playlists at radio stations across the country. More updates on past competitors are available on the “Where Are They Now” section at idol.ctv.ca.

The Canadian Idol website, idol.ctv.ca, is the on-line portal for the series and the source for everything Idol. Offering more features than ever for Season 5, the site features exclusive video, interviews, competitor blogs and photography. Visitors can experience full-length interviews with the judges; custom behind-the-scenes footage; telecast out-takes; past competitor updates; message boards; merchandise; games; and much more.

Music industry experts Farley Flex, Jake Gold, Sass Jordan and Zack Werner are back with as many opinions as ever, to offer criticism, compliments and most of all, guidance as Canadian Idol’s four-member judging panel. Host Ben Mulroney also returns, offering a healthy dose of charm and light-heartedness to the show. New to the cast for 2007 is roving reporter Dave Kerr.

CTV News Named Best Newscast at the RTNDA Atlantic Regional Awards Banquet

Toronto, ON (June 2, 2007) – CTV News has been named as the best local newscast in Atlantic Canada. The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) honoured CTV with the prestigious award at the Atlantic Regional annual awards banquet tonight. CTV Atlantic also received an RTNDA Award for Best Videography and an honorable mention for In-depth or Investigative Reporting.

In addition to winning the RTNDA Awards for excellence in journalism, CTV’s Evening News continues to be the overwhelming choice for local news in Atlantic Canada. CTV News is the #1 rated local newscast in all key demographics.

These winners will go on to compete for the RTNDA National Awards to be presented at the RTNDA National Conference in Vancouver, BC on June 23, 2007.

Canada AM Wakes up in Newfoundland and Labrador

Canada’s #1 National Morning Show to Broadcast Live from St. John’s on June 14 and 15 on CTV

Canada’s #1 morning show will go on the road this summer for an old-fashioned block party live from Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada AM’s, Beverly Thomson, Seamus O’Regan and Jeff Hutcheson will broadcast from Canada’ s most colorful province on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15. These special broadcasts are in association with the Canadian Tourism Commission.

The broadcasts will give the rest of Canada an up-close look at the spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage associated with Newfoundland and Labrador. Beverly Thomson will put the spotlight on the current economic realities that exist in Newfoundland Labrador and native son Seamus O’Regan will take viewers on a personal tour of the province’s hot spots.

In a special tourism feature, viewers will get to experience Newfoundland and Labrador in all of its glory including whale watching, iceberg spotting and a visit to the stunning Gros Morne National Park. Jeff Hutcheson will look to whip up some local delicacies such as iceberg beverages, “fish and brews” and bakeapples.

And no visit to Newfoundland and Labrador would be complete without some traditional music. The broadcasts will feature live performances from The Irish Descendants, Hey Rosetta and other surprise guests.

In addition to the broadcasts, Canada AM,the Canadian Tourism Commission and Newfoundland and Labrador are unrolling the “Canada, We Are More” contest. Four viewers will get a chance to discover Newfoundland and Labraor up close and personal with an all expenses paid trip. For details go to www.ctv.ca/canadaam.

Wake up to the world of Canada AM, television’s morning star and Canada’s most watched national morning newsmagazine. Co-hosts Beverly Thomson and Seamus O’Regan along with Jeff Hutcheson and Marci Ien bring Canadians a unique blend of hard news and lifestyle stories featuring in-depth interviews with top newsmakers, celebrities and musical stars. Lis Travers is the Vice-President and Executive Producer for Canada AM and Robert Hurst is President of CTV News.

CTV Sends Canada’s Walk of Fame to Canadian Troops Overseas

CTV announced today it will provide this Sunday’s Canada’s Walk of Fame broadcast to Canadian troops stationed overseas via satellite. In addition to the induction presentation, the troops will also enjoy the glamorous red carpet pre-show eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Canada’s Walk of Fame and eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame will be broadcast on the Canadian Forces Radio & Television Service for military members at various bases in Afghanistan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. They are:

In Afghanistan: The Kandahar Air Field, Camp Souter, the PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team), and all the Forward Operating Bases.
Other locations: MFO (Multinational Force and Observers) in the Sinai Desert and Camp Mirage.
Hosted by Eugene Levy, Canada’s Walk of Fame airs Sunday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV to confirm local broadcast times). The star-studded special is preceded by eTalk at Canada’s Walk of Fame at 6:30 p.m. ET on CTV.