Big Shots

Tuesday, July 14 10 p.m. ET/PT

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CTV are making Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Pushing Daisies available as video on demand for free!

Free, full-length episodes of Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Pushing Daisies are now available 24 hours following their television broadcast on Rogers VOD. Tagged with CTV series promotions, the episodes are made available for six days, allowing viewers to catch up on any missed episodes. The CTV series On Demand are packaged under “CTV” and are available on Rogers Channel 100 to Rogers customers with a digital box.

“CTV on Demand is the latest evolution in CTV’s offering of prime time programming in more ways the ever before, across multiple platforms,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “We’re honoured to partner with Rogers and Warner Bros. on an initiative that is sure to raise awareness of these new properties and reach additional viewers.”

“Rogers has reached a whole new level with the addition of prime time episodic shows On Demand from CTV,” said David Purdy, Vice-President and General Manager, Television Services for Rogers Cable. “Since introducing On Demand 5 years ago, the library has grown to over 5000 movies and shows including free children’s programming, Karaoke and now free prime time episodes like Gossip Girl.”

Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Pushing Daisies are the first U.S. conventional television shows to be offered by CTV on Rogers VOD. They join a number of CTV specialty series and programs from Discovery Channel, The Comedy Network, MTV, MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, TSN and CTV Newsnet that are also available on Rogers VOD. Canadian programs and episodes currently available include Jeff Ltd., Girls will be Girls, Keys to the VIP, MuchMusic Countdown, MuchMoreMusic Countdown, Best of MOD and, coming soon, W-FIVE, Daily Planet, Myth Busters, Odd Job Jack and Degree Poker Championship. Also available on Rogers VOD are MTV series such as The Hills, Real World Denver and Punk’D.

In addition to the Rogers VOD service, CTV also announced today that viewers can access Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Pushing Daisies on demand at The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca following the broadcast premieres on CTV. The free, ad-supported episodes will be available for the duration of the run of the series, allowing viewers to catch up on missed episodes at their convenience. Availability of these U.S. Network dramas will be geo-gated and available to Canadians coast to coast who have broadband access through a Canadian-based internet service provider. To watch CTV programs on broadband, visit CTV.ca and click on “The CTV Broadband Network.”

Gossip Girl, Big Shots and Pushing Daisies join CTV’s library of broadband titles that include more than 100 hours of top Canadian programs and U.S. titles. Series available on The CTV Broadband Network include: Corner Gas, eTalk, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, Robson Arms, Whistler, W-FIVE, The CTV National News along withThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report and TMZ.

The Top 6 programs on Canadian television last night:

1. Grey’s Anatomy (2,470,000)
2. CSI (2,389,000 – out of simulcast)
3. Survivor (2,133,000)
4. CTV Evening News (1,330,000)
5. ER (1,007,000 – out of simulcast)
6. Big Shots (909,000)

For the second night in a row, CTV won every hour in primetime last night, ranking five out of the Top 6 shows on one of television’s most competitive nights:

At 7 p.m., an out of simulcast episode of ER on CTV was up 11% versus last week with 1.007 million viewers, besting Hockey Night in Canada’s Leafs/Sens game (CBC – 641,000) by 57% in the comparable hour. Note: Wednesday’s NHL on TSN game, featuring the first game of the Leafs/Sens home-and-home series, delivered 41% more viewers than Thursday’s HNIC with an audience of 1.2 million on TSN.

Also out of simulcast at 8 p.m., CSI was watched by 2.39 million viewers on CTV to win the hour. Head-to-head against Survivor: China (CBS/Global – 2.13 million), CSI was the No. 1 show in the two key selling demos, A18-49 (1.24 million/+11%) and A25-54 (1.35 million/+10%). Survivor dropped for the third week in a row, down 13% among total viewers compared to last week.

At 9 p.m., Grey’s Anatomy on CTV won the night with 2.47 million viewers and, head-to-head, tripled the audience of The Office (NBC/Global – 805,000). Grey’s drew 1.45 million among A18-49 and 1.37 million among A25-54 and was the No. 1 program in Toronto/Hamilton.

At 10 p.m., Big Shots won the hour with 909,000 viewers on CTV. Big Shots was up 23% against Shark (CBS/Global – 740,000).

Data quoted: CTV Full and Global Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

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).