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Lloyd Robertson signed-off for the last time Thursday night on a high note, with his final broadcast now ranking as his most-watched newscast on record.*

Last night’s edition of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON was watched by 2.1 million viewers, up 74% compared to its 2010/11 average audience.

It was the most-watched program overall on Canadian television Thursday night, attracting 3.3 million unique viewers to the late-night, 11 p.m. broadcast.

Meanwhile, 1.7 million viewers tuned in at 10 p.m. for LLOYD ROBERTSON: AND THAT’S THE KIND OF LIFE IT’S BEEN, winning its timeslot and making it the most-watched original CTV documentary on record.

“CTV News covers historic events every day, but last night our newscast made history itself,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “It’s no surprise that Lloyd’s final sign-off was a record breaker as Canadians came together to celebrate this incredible newsman.”

Produced by Robertson’s daughter Lisa, LLOYD ROBERTSON: AND THAT’S THE KIND OF LIFE IT’S BEEN (1.7 million), treats viewers to a unique and personal glimpse into the life of one of the country’s most treasured icons. Winning its 10 p.m. timeslot with 23% more viewers than ROOKIE BLUE (1.37 million, Global/ABC), the CTV Original Documentary peaked with more than 2.2 million viewers and goes on record as the most-watched documentary special in CTV recorded history. The documentary airs again tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. on CTV.

In his closing newscast, Robertson thanked Canadians for spending their nights with him over the years. “Thank you a thousand times over for all of your touching messages, some that speak of watching through the generations,” he said.

Online, almost 2,000 Canadians took the time to write personal messages to Robertson about his impact on their lives, his contribution to Canadiana and their love and dedication to him over the years.

Lisa LaFlamme takes the helm of CTV NATIONAL NEWS this coming Monday, September 5 at 11 p.m.

There are just three more nights until Lloyd Robertson signs off for the last time on Thursday, September 1 at 11 p.m. on CTV.

After 60 years in broadcasting – and 35 years at CTV – Canada’s most-trusted news anchor vacates his role as Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of the country’s most-watched newscast and bids farewell to the millions of nightly viewers of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

Today, Robertson – the voice and face synonymous with news in Canada – posted a personal letter to Canadians on CTV.ca, with his thoughts on entering a new and exciting chapter of his life.

“I can scarcely believe it’s finally happening,” Robertson’s letter starts. “It’s been a wonderful ride! I have learned so much more about this fascinating country we inhabit and the qualities and idiosyncrasies of its provinces, territories and peoples. Travelling our land, talking to people from all segments of our society, I’ve come to understand our uniqueness.”

In the weeks leading up to his final newscast, hundreds viewers from coast to coast to coast have flocked to CTV.ca/Lloyd, paying tribute to Robertson on the dedicated, interactive website with hundreds of personal messages, memories and highlights of his storied career.

In the hour leading up to Robertson’s final newscast, viewers are taken beyond the anchor desk for a rare and intimate glance at Robertson’s life. The original one-hour documentary AND THAT’S THE KIND OF LIFE IT’S BEEN airs Thursday, September 1 at 10 p.m. immediately preceding Robertson’s final newscast in all markets on CTV. The documentary is also available for viewing online at CTVNews.ca, immediately preceding Robertson’s final newscast, which also streams online for those that want to tune in around the world via the web. Encore presentations of the documentary air Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. local time in all markets and Sunday, September 4 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV.