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With the 2010/11 television season now complete, CTV has once again won the season in total viewers and the key advertising demos A25-54, A18-49, and A18-34, it was revealed today.

Based on data from BBM Canada through the end of the season last Wednesday, May 25, CTV is Canada’s most-watched network in total viewers and A25-54 for the 10th straight year, solidifying CTV as Canada’s #1 network for the past decade.

CTV marks the milestone with nine out of the Top 10 programs in Canada (total viewers) and seven out of the Top 10 programs for A25-54 and A18-49, all led by Canada’s #1 program, THE BIG BANG THEORY.

The only program in Canada to average more than three million viewers each week, THE BIG BANG THEORY is the first comedy since FRASIER (#1) and FRIENDS (#2) in 1998/99 to reign as Canada’s most-watched program overall (see Top 20 chart below). 

CTV also ends the season as the only network to show growth in key demos this season over last. CTV leads CBC, Canada’s #2 network for total viewers, by 50% in prime time, with 1.5 million viewers on average each night.

Demonstrating CTV’s strength across the schedule and throughout the week, the network finishes the season with more timeslot wins than all other Canadian networks combined. Of the 21 weekly timeslots in prime time, CTV wins 16 in total viewers, 15 for A18-34, and 14 for A25-54 and A18-49.

Just days before it reveals its new 2011/12 schedule, CTV ends the season with four of the Top 5 new returning programs in total viewers and all key demos, including:

HOT IN CLEVELAND: Canada’s #1 new program for total viewers, and the #1 new comedy for A25-54 and A18-49.

THE VOICE: Canada’s #1 new program for A25-54 and A18-49.

BLUE BLOODS: Canada’s #1 new drama for total viewers.

MIKE & MOLLY: Canada’s #2 new comedy in total viewers and all key demos.

 

Finally, CTV also delivers Canada’s most-watched returning programs including:

GREY’S ANATOMY, Canada’s #1 drama in all key demos and the #2 program overall for A25-54.

AMERICAN IDOL, Canada’s #1 competition series for total viewers and the #2 program overall.

THE AMAZING RACE: Canada’s #1 competition series for A18-34 and A18-49, and the #2 program overall for A18-49.

CTV revealed a summer schedule today starring this summer’s most buzzed-about new reality series.

The sizzling line-up of must-see reality TV features Mark Burnett’s new extreme competition/adventure series EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE (June 21) hosted by Canada’s Dave Salmoni; the steamy dating series LOVE IN THE WILD (June 1) from the producers of SURVIVOR and THE APPRENTICE; and Jerry Bruckheimer’s no-holds-barred, interrogation thriller TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (July 28).

Additionally, CTV introduces a new, end-of-weekend comedy lineup on Sunday nights with a hilarious two-hour comedy block beginning June 19. The hilarity kicks off with episodes of THE BIG BANG THEORY (June 5), leading into Season 2 of DAN FOR MAYOR (June 5) at 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET. Then, the return of all-new episodes of HOT IN CLEVELAND (June 19), lead into Season 2 of HICCUPS at 8 and 8:30 p.m. HICCUPS airs on Mondays beginning May 30 for three weeks, before settling into its regular Sunday night timeslot on June 19.

Meanwhile, CTV’s hit series FLASHPOINT (June 17) reloads for an adrenaline-filled fourth season in simulcast with CBS following a six-week run of encore episodes beginning May 6. And who will be crowned Canada’s next favourite dancer? Fall fave and now a summer must-watch, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (June 20) kicks off its fourth season. As well, the critically-acclaimed original Bravo! series THE BORGIAS (June 21) makes its Network Television Premiere on CTV in HD.          

 

SCHEDULE

 

All new series and new episodes of returning series with the exception of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (U.S.) will be available on demand on the CTV Video Player at Watch.CTV.ca following the television broadcast.

CTV’s Summer Schedule unfolds as follows beginning June 19. For complete series descriptions and timeslots, see “Addendum” below (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

 

Sundays

7 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY

7:30 p.m. – DAN FOR MAYOR **NEW SEASON**

8 p.m. – HOT IN CLEVELAND **NEW EPISODES**  

8:30 p.m. – HICCUPS **NEW SEASON**

9 p.m. – LAW & ORDER: CI **NEW SEASON **

10 p.m. – CSI: MIAMI

 

Mondays

8 p.m. – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA **NEW SEASON**

10 p.m. – LAW & ORDER: LA **NEW EPISODES**

 

Tuesdays

8 p.m. – THE VOICE/SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA **NEW SEASON**

8:30 p.m. – MIKE & MOLLY/TWO AND A HALF MEN

9 p.m. – EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE **NEW SERIES**

10 p.m. – THE BORGIAS **NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE**

 

Wednesdays

8 p.m. – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE **NEW SEASON**

10 p.m. – LOVE IN THE WILD **NEW SERIES**

 

Thursdays

8 p.m. – SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE **NEW SEASON**

9 p.m. – CSI/TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN **NEW SERIES**

10 p.m. – THE MENTALIST

 

Fridays

8 p.m. – FLASHPOINT **NEW SEASON**

9 p.m. – CSI: NEW YORK

10 p.m. – BLUE BLOODS

 

Saturdays

10 p.m. – COMEDY NOW! **NEW SEASON**

 

ADDENDUM

New and returning summer series unfold chronologically as follows (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times):

 

NEW SERIES

 

LOVE IN THE WILD – Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 1

Putting relationships to the ultimate test, LOVE IN THE WILD pairs 10 single men with 10 single women, for a romantic adventure unlike anything they could have ever imagined. Hosted by Darren McMullen (Australian MINUTE TO WIN IT), viewers meet 20 singles who have tried it all – speed-dating, blind-dating, Internet dating –  and now, they head deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica to see if they can find that special someone they’ve been looking for. Each episode pairs two of the singles for an exhilarating challenge that will push their bodies and emotions to the limit. From paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, to navigating bat-infested caves, couples must compete and unite to be the last ones standing – even if it means hanging 200 feet above one of the country’s most fearsome waterfalls. Love is an adventure, after all, and LOVE IN THE WILD puts relationships to the ultimate test.

 

EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE – Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 21

Adventurer, zoologist and all-around risk taker, Sarnia, Ontario native Dave Salmoni (WORLD’S DEADLIEST TOWNS) hosts Mark Burnett’s newest reality series. Shot in the Kingdom of Morocco and featuring high adventure and human drama reminiscent of Burnett’s ECO-CHALLENGE, EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE showcases 13 teams of three, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. As a new stage of the expedition is revealed to the teams each week, will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning and challenging legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory.

 

THE BORGIAS – Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 21

After burning up the screen on Bravo! this spring, THE BORGIAS, which was called an “absolutely captivating drama”  by The Globe and Mail, makes its world broadcast premiere on CTV. From Academy Award®-winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game), this international co-production (Canada/Hungary/Ireland) is the compelling and unflinching saga of one of the most remarkable and notorious families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance and based on real characters and events, THE BORGIAS chronicles the corrupt rise and ruthless consolidation of power by patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons, Kingdom of Heaven, Being Julia), who stops at nothing to control the papal throne and feed his insatiable ambition for influence and wealth for himself and his family. Starring alongside Irons are Canadians Colm Feore (FLASHPOINT, 24) as his arch nemesis, Cardinal Della Rovere, and breakout star François Arnaud (J’ai tué ma mère) as Rodrigo’s ruthless son Cesare.

 

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN – Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning July 28

The new heart-stopping competition series, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, pits everyday people against seasoned professionals as they play cat and mouse in their attempt to steal away the big $100,000 prize. From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the series combines all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in different locales trying to outwit their professional counterparts. The six-episode unscripted series will take reality television to a whole new level of exhilaration.

 

RETURNING SERIES

 

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT – Premieres Sunday May 15 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON

* Episode two airs Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET

* Episode three airs Sunday May 29 at 8 p.m. ET

* Moves to regular Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 5

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns for its final farewell with eight all-new episodes. Shot entirely in and around New York City, the third installment of the LAW & ORDER franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches by the Major Case Squad. The final season features the long-anticipated return of Detectives Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) plus the addition of Emmy® Award-winning actress Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) who will portray Dr. Paula Severin, a brilliant psychologist charged with conducting mandatory sessions with Detective Goren to unravel his tortured past. A tribute to its passionate fans, the show will take viewers to new heights with intrigue and crime-solving as never before.

 

HICCUPS – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on May 30, June 6 and 13 – NEW SEASON

* Moves to regular Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET timeslot beginning June 19

In Season 2 of HICCUPS, Nancy Robertson returns as the hot-headed children’s author Millie Upton, who continues to give her “life coach” Stan Dirko (Brent Butt) a run for his (lack of) money. In the season premiere, a trip to Hollywood is in order for Millie, Stan and Taylor to investigate some options for a Grumpaloo movie. Back at the Haddison House, Joyce uses Anna and Crystal as guinea pigs to test homemade skin care products.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – Special two-hour premiere Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET – NEW SEASON

* Moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 1 and Thursdays at 8 p.m. beginning June 2

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE is back for an eighth season this summer. Hosted by Cat Deeley, the hit dance competition series challenges dancers skilled in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballroom as they compete to be become America’s Favorite Dancer. Auditions this season feature resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges Robin Antin, Lil C, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath and Jason Gilkison.

 

DAN FOR MAYOR – Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET beginning June 5 – NEW SEASON

Dan Phillips (Fred Ewanuick) is now  almost on purpose  the Mayor of Wessex. He ran on a whim and was elected by default. Dan’s first term has started and he is unprepared, unqualified and in way over his head! In the second season premiere, to prove that he’s in charge, Dan takes it upon himself to name the new ice rink after a local hockey legend, only to find out it has already been named after a Wessex philanthropist on her deathbed.  Meanwhile, Claire is back for good and is starting her own PR company.  It’s just too bad that Dan can’t hire her to improve his own PR.

 

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA – Mondays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 20 and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. beginning July 5 – NEW SEASON

This summer Canada’s favourite Gemini® Award-winning dance show returns for a sizzling Season 4, heating up CTV’s sensational summer programming line-up. Gemini® Award-winning host Leah Miller is back and is joined by returning judges Jean Marc Genereux, Tré Armstrong, Luther Brown and Blake McGrath. Dance hopefuls auditioned in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver and Saint John, NB, during November and December 2010, all vying for a boarding pass to advance to the next round of competition. Over 160 dancers advanced to Finals Week in Toronto, where they will work with some of Canada’s top choreographers to earn a spot in the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Top 20. The dancers will then work in partners and select a different dance style each week, ranging from hip-hop, broadway and dance hall, to ballroom, tango, contemporary and jazz, in the hopes gaining the public’s votes. Two competitors will be eliminated each week during the results shows.

 

HOT IN CLEVELAND – Sundays at 8 p.m. ET beginning June 19 – NEW EPISODES

New episodes from Season 2 of Betty White’s HOT IN CLEVELAND returns with more adventures for the dynamic trio of best friends and their house’s rather opinionated caretaker. With Valerie Bertinelli starring as Melanie, Jane Leeves as Joy, Wendie Malick as Victoria and Betty White as Elka, together, these four women create comedic magic that runs from banter to farce to physical comedy, with none of them missing a beat.

 

FLASHPOINT – Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 17 – NEW SEASON

* Encore episodes return Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning May 6

The Gemini Award®-winning series and nail-biting cop drama FLASHPOINT returns this summer following a shocking cliff-hanger finale where Ed Lane’s life hangs in the balance after a shooting and an elite military psychologist, played by renowned actor Victor Garber, is attempting to split up Team One. The series stars Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson, Michael Cram and Sergio Di Zio.

 

COMEDY NOW! – Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning June 4 – NEW SEASON

Entering its 13th season, this hilarious, all-Canadian, star-making stand-up series has won awards all over North America. A TV calling card for comedic success, COMEDY NOW! has featured some of Canada’s most successful comedians, including Brent Butt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford and Russell Peters. Starring in the all-new season are Jeff McEnery, Roman Danylo, Nathan Macintosh, Darrin Rose, Christina Walkinshaw, Eddie Della Sieppe, Graham Chittenden, Perry Perlmutar, Nile Séguin, and Lars Callieou.

8:30pm – Thursday, May 5 on CTV

Elka’s (Betty White) trial has come at last, and after her lawyer fails to impress the judge, her only hope for a not guilty verdict involves some strategic jury tampering. Meanwhile, Joy (Jane Reeves) is enmeshed in scandal when she does a favor for the First Lady of Ohio. By the end of the episode Elka’s fate will be decided – what will the verdict be?

Kick up the high heels and break out the velour tracksuits, the final two episodes of HOT IN CLEVELAND are heating things up!

The mid-season, final two episodes “Elka’s Snowbird” & “Law & Elka” air on CTV this week and next, on April 28 at 8:30 p.m. & May 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET, respectively.  Additionally, the episodes will air on The Comedy Network, this Friday April 29 & May 6 at 8:00 p.m ET.

In the cliffhanger “Law & Elka”, the gals of Cleveland see Elka go to trial, while Joy gets involved in a scandal with the First Lady of Ohio.

HOT IN CLEVELAND has been a massive hit this season with viewers, averaging 1.9 million in its Thursday timeslot on CTV. The series is Canada’s #2 comedy behind BIG BANG THEORY* and is currently the 9th most-watched series on The Comedy Network**.

8:00pm – Wednesday, December 31 on CTV

Elka’s (Betty White) trial has come at last, and after her lawyer fails to impress the judge (guest star Sherri Shepherd, THE VIEW), her only hope for a not guilty verdict involves some strategic jury tampering. Meanwhile, Joy (Jane Leeves) is enmeshed in scandal when she does a favor for the First Lady of Ohio (guest star Amy Sedaris, STRANGERS WITH CANDY). By the end of the episode Elka’s fate will be decided – what will the verdict be?

8:00pm – Tuesday, April 26 on CTV

Elka (Betty White) tries to convince Max (Carl Reiner), who is pining to fly to Florida, that she can keep him warm in the cold, Cleveland winter. Meanwhile, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), enlists Joy (Jane Leeves) to help her cook and serve healthy meals at the Senior Centre with disastrous results. Victoria (Wendie Malick) falls for a man (Gregory Harrison, ONE TREE HILL) she meets during an “Oh Hi, Ohio” interview, only to be thwarted by his two children, who have decided to hate her.

8:30pm – Thursday, April 14 on CTV

Elka (Betty White) hopes to persuade Max (Carl Reiner) to stay in Cleveland during the winter and Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and Joy (Jane Leeves) begin helping out at a senior centre. Meanwhile, Victoria (Wendie Malick) falls for a man whose children prematurely decide to hate her.

8:30pm – Thursday, April 7 on CTV

Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) begins dating a basketball coach for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile, Victoria (Wendie Malick) finds television work via the local news station, and Joy (Jane Leeves) gets engaged to a homeless man.

8:30pm – Thursday, March 10 on CTV

After injuring Susan Lucci (playing herself), Victoria (Wendie Malick) prepares to carry on with her role on ALL MY CHILDREN. Joy (Jane Leeves) seeks revenge on the actor she was dating who pretended to be his evil twin. Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) finally agrees to sell her L.A. home, barring one crucial piece. Elka’s (Betty White) quest to meet the movie star of her dreams results in a surprise meeting.

8:30pm – Thursday, March 3 on CTV

The ladies return to L.A for the first time since moving to Cleveland. Victoria (Wendie Malick) is appearing on ALL MY CHILDREN, but her rivalry with Susan Lucci (playing herself) brings disaster. Meanwhile, Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) faces selling the house she’s raised her kids in, Joy (Jane Leeves) might be dating an actor who has an evil twin, and Elka’s (Betty White) on a quest to meet the movie star of her dreams.