ER

It was chaos as usual at ER’s County General as 2.8 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour series finale, its largest audience in five years. The finale spiked ER’s audience by 58% in total viewers over season average. Growing in each of its half hours, the two-hour finale peaked with 3.19 million viewers during its final scene at 10:58 pm. With a reach of nearly five million viewers watching some or all of the episode, ER ended the night as the most-watched program on Canadian television, followed by CSI (1.92 million/non-simulcast), also on CTV. A simulcast SURVIVOR was third with 1.81 million viewers. The finale won the week ahead of AMERICAN IDOL (2.09 million) and HOUSE (2.31 million).

The program was also #1 for the night nationally with key selling demos, jumping 61% for A25-54 and 62% for A18-49.

Reminiscent of the series premiere in September 1994, the John Wells penned finale delivered another dizzying business as usual day in the ER. Joining series regulars John Stamos (Dr. Gates), Linda Cardellini (Sam Taggert), and Scott Grimes (Dr. Morris) were former cast members Eriq La Salle (Peter Benton), Laura Innes (Kerry Weaver), Sherry Stringfield (Susan Lewis), Alex Kingston (Elizabeth Corday) and Noah Wyle (John Carter). Previous and current cast members were all on hand to watch as Dr. Carter opened the doors to the Joshua Center for Medicine, named after his son.

ER may be ending, but a whole new drama is just beginning. Picking up where ER left off is the brand-new series SOUTHLAND, from Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING). A raw, gritty and genuine look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, heart-pounding drama, co-starring Benjamin McKenzie (THE O.C.), takes over ER’s longstanding Thursday timeslot when it premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

Thursday, April 2 9 p.m.

Gates (John Stamos) works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and some old friends from County General all come to show their support. It’s Sam’s (Linda Cardellini) birthday, and Alex (Dominic Janes) and Gates surprise her with a special gift. Meanwhile, Carter works with an intern to save a mother in labor with twins. Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) and Ernest Borgnine (From Here to Eternity) guest star.

Encore Showing – Saturday, April 4 8 p.m.

Paging all ER fans to CTV! After fifteen seasons, 331 episodes, countless surgeries and endless drama, County General will close its doors in a special two-hour series finale of ER on Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Audiences won’t want to miss the final chapter of one of television’s most beloved and revered series, which also features guest appearances from past ER alumni, to be revealed during the broadcast. The finale will also be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca following its broadcast premiere. Also, viewers can catch up on the last four episodes from this season, online at CTV.ca.

Noah Wyle guest-stars in the series finale of ER airing

Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

Since its premiere in September 1994, ER quickly became a Thursday night ratings juggernaut, both in Canada and the US, with its tear-jerking romances, gut-wrenching operations and all-star cast. The series was CTV’s #1 weekly program for eight years from 1994-2002. Recently, the return of George Clooney in this season’s March 12 episode drew 2.07 million viewers on CTV, its largest audience in more than two years. In all, the series has won 113 awards including a total of 22 Emmy® Awards, one Golden Globe and eight People’s Choice Awards. 

Launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, notably Oscar-Winner George Clooney, ER also became a hotly coveted destination for actors, all vying to get in on the medical action. Guest stars scrubbing in during the series’ decade and a half tenure include Sally Fields, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Alan Alda, Ewan McGregor, Mikey Rooney, Marlee Matlin, Thandie Newton and James Cromwell.

“For fifteen wonderful seasons, ER has done a fantastic job of keeping its finger on the pulse of its audience,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “ER’s connection with viewers, and ability to tackle hard-hitting topics, has made it one of the most successful television series of all time.”

In the finale episode, “And In The End, Part 1 & 2,” Gates (John Stamos) works on a young teen brought in with alcohol poisoning after playing a deadly drinking game with friends. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) opens a new medical facility for the underprivileged in Chicago and some old friends from County General all come to show their support. It’s Sam’s (Linda Cardellini) birthday and Alex (Dominic Janes) and Gates surprise her with a special gift. Meanwhile, Carter works with an intern to save a mother in labor with twins. Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) and Ernest Borgnine (From Here to Eternity) guest star. Parminder Nagra, Scott Grimes, David Lyons and Angela Bassett also star.

ER may be ending, but a whole new drama is just beginning. Picking up where ER left off is the brand-new series SOUTHLAND, from Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING). A raw, gritty and genuine look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, heart-pounding drama, co-starring Benjamin McKenzie (THE O.C.), takes over ER’s longstanding Thursday timeslot when it premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

I Feel Good

Thursday, March 26 at 10 p.m. on CTV

ALL-NEW EPISODE

Many of the ER doctors and nurses help out at Camp Del Corazon, a camp for kids who have had open heart surgery. Working along side the camp counselor (guest star Tom Arnold, True Lies), Morris (Scott Grimes) and Brenner (David Lyons) make a huge impact on several kids at the camp. Meanwhile, Dr. Banfield (Angela Bassett) and her husband (guest star Courtney B. Vance) feel their adoption dreams slipping away when a young mother comes back for the child she abandoned in the ER.

Thursday, March 19 at 10 p.m. on CTV

ALL-NEW EPISODE

It’s Neela’s (Parminder Nagra) last day and everyone in the ER seems to have forgotten that she is leaving. Meanwhile, Brenner (David Lyons) has an epiphany about his troubled past.

– ER and GREY’S ANATOMY are the Top 2 Programs for the night

Toronto, ON (March 13, 2009) – The return of George Clooney in last night’s episode of ER drew 2.02 million viewers on CTV, its largest audience of the season. Anticipation swelled during the weeks leading up to Dr. Ross’ (Clooney) much-anticipated return, and the result was ER’s most-watched episode in more than two years. ER ended the night as the second-most watched program on Canadian television, following GREY’S ANATOMY (2.16 million), also on CTV. SURVIVOR was a distant third with 1.79 million viewers.

Dr. Ross’ return spiked ER’s audience by 18% in total viewers over season averages, jumping 16% for A25-54 and 18% for A18-49 as well. The episode also featured appearances by past favourites Julianna Marguiles, Eriq La Salle and Noah Wyle, and featured special guest star Susan Sarandon.

With a steady diagnosis for a hugely successful final season, ER fever has been holding all year long, with the series winning its 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot in total viewers and key demos in every single week it has aired. Just three episodes remain before ER takes its final bow after 15 seasons on April 2.

In next week’s ER episode, “Shifting Equilibrium” (Thursday, March 19), it’s Neela’s (Parminder Nagra) last day and everyone in the ER seems to have forgotten that she is leaving. Meanwhile, Brenner (David Lyons) has an epiphany about his troubled past.

Thursday, March 12 at 10:00pm on CTV

Will tomorrow night mark the long-awaited return of Dr. Doug Ross to ER? The count down to the final four episodes is on, and ER fans are holding their breath to find out if the Oscar® and Golden Globe Award-winning George Clooney will once again sport a lab coat before the series wraps in the much-anticipated two-hour series finale on April 2.

Rumours are rampant that the ER alum, and now mega-watt Hollywood heavyweight will appear in tomorrow night’s, Thursday, March 12, ER episode at 10 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

Already confirmed to appear in tomorrow’s ER episode, “Old Times”, is Emmy® Award-Winner Julianna Marguiles (nurse Carol Hathaway), whose on-screen relationship with Clooney has been called one of TV’s greatest couples. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actors Eriq La Salle (Dr. Peter Benton) and Noah Wyle (Dr. John Carter) guest-star as well. But the big question is, will Clooney scrub in for the finale season?

Giving fans hope are reports that Clooney shot Thursday’s episode over two days with fellow alum Marguiles. And last month executive producer John Wells confirmed the reunion to People. “I want their story to be very fulfilling in the end,” Wells said. “If you are a fan of ER, you won’t want to miss this one.”

Thursday, March 12 10 p.m.

Neela (Parminder Nagra) and Sam (Linda Cardellini) are shocked when they arrive back to the airport with transplant organs only to find that their plane has left them. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) gets a surprise visit from an old friend (guest star and ER alum Eriq La Salle) while waiting for his kidney transplant. Dr. Banfield (Angela Bassett) bonds with an abandoned baby boy that is left at the ER. John Wells recently told People that George Clooney and co-star Julianna Margulies will reunite in this episode. “I want their story to be very fulfilling in the end,” he said. “If you are a fan of ER, you won’t want to miss this one.”

What We Do

Thursday, March 5 10 p.m.

A camera crew interviews the staff at County General for a documentary on emergency medicine. Morris’ (Scott Grimes) cop girlfriend gets injured on the job and is rushed into the ER with gunshot wounds. Neela (Parminder Nagra) wonders why her relationship with Brenner (David Lyons) lacks so much communication and Sam (Linda Cardellini) struggles to make amends with her mother (guest star Amy Madigan, GREY’S ANATOMY).

T-Minus-Six

Thursday, February 26 10 p.m.

After getting frustrated with In Vitro Fertilization Dr. Banfield (Angela Bassett) and her husband (guest star Courtney B. Vance) decide to try an adoption agency. Dr. Carter (guest star Noah Wyle) quickly tries to jump back into working at County but struggles with all the new procedures and technology. Sam (Linda Cardellini) is shocked when her mom (guest star Amy Madigan, GREY’S ANATOMY) comes into the ER in an altered state of mind.