Royal Pains

Bolstering a lineup of big, bold hit series, Showcase continues to be the ultimate destination for breakout cable dramas this winter. New to the channel is the blazing-hot crime series Rizzoli & Isles, about a tough-as-nails detective and an impeccably dressed coroner.

Rounded out by returning series Royal Pains, Misfits, Covert Affairs and Lost Girl, the winter schedule launches January 3.

Capturing almost nine million viewers during its first season run in the U.S., TNT’s megahit Rizzoli & Isles follows the quirky relationship of Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon, Law & Order) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander, NCIS). Polar opposites, Rizzoli and Isles are good friends who decipher the toughest cases in town and bust Boston’s most notorious criminals. Supporting cast includes Bruce McGill, Lorraine Bracco, Lee Thompson Young and Jordan Bridges. Rizzoli & Isles, Season 1 airs Tuesdays beginning January 3 at 10 p.m.  ET/PT.

Heating things up is the regal return of Hank and Evan Lawson in season three of Royal Pains. USA Network’s highest rated series follows the life and times of everyone’s favourite doctor-on-demand, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) and his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) as they live it up in the Hamptons. Season three guest stars include Wilmer Valderrama, Molly Sims, Julie Benz and more. Royal Pains, Season 3 airs Wednesdays beginning January 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The critically-acclaimed British import Misfits makes a highly-anticipated third season comeback to the Showcase schedule. This time around Rudy, the new kid on the block, is learning the ropes misfits-style – meaning little community service and plenty of cleaning up corpses. With zombies, time-travel and some complicated relationships brewing, the superhero series boasts a large order of mayhem. Misfits, Season 3 airs Thursdays beginning January 5 at 10 p.m.  ET/PT.

New episodes of Covert Affairs starring Golden Globe®-nominated actor Piper Perabo as CIA operative Angie Walker airs Sundays beginning January 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Everyone’s favourite succubus returns for the mid-season premiere of Showcase’s number one original drama, Lost Girl airing Sundays beginning January 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Showcase continues to deliver a colossal collection of blockbuster movies this winter. Upcoming titles include disaster film 2012, rom-com flick Valentine’s Day, the revamped Star Trek and The Last Book of Eli starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington.

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From History Television’s second #1 night in a row and HGTV Canada’s record-breaking premiere of Urban Surburban, to Global’s monstrous summer performance, Shaw Media’s ratings ride continued Wednesday night with another sensational night across many of its channels.

Global’s massive hit series Big Brother continues to be the summer’s blockbuster program, winning the night nationally with 1.3 million viewers 2+ and almost 800,000 in the adults 18-49 demo. In addition, all three plays of Big Brother rank among the top 10 this summer – nationally and in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

On Wednesday night, Shaw Media’s programming dominated the specialty landscape again, earning the top eight spots across all specialty for adults 25-54 and men 25-54. History Television’s unstoppable fall lineup of compelling and addictive programming continues to lead the pack, owning Wednesday night with six of the top ten specialty programs in the A25-54 category. The premieres of new seasons of Ice Road Truckers and Swamp People brought in almost half a million viewers each (2+), and 219,000 and 174,000 (A25-54) respectively.

HGTV Canada’s new series Urban Suburban became an instant hit, raking in 201,000 (2+) and 113,000 (A25-54) viewers at 10pm, making it the highest Canadian premiere on HGTV over the past year.

As the ultimate destination for the best cable dramas, Showcase’s brand-new series Royal Pains premiered with 335,000 (2+) and 150,000 (A25-54), making it the highest-ranked scripted program across specialty for the night in both the 2+ and A25-54 demos. This program was also ranked top 10 across all key demos.