The Big Bang Theory

CTV has kick-started the fall TV season with one of its best Premiere Weeks ever.

With four of its new programs landing in the Top 20, CTV has increased its lead over its competitors for the same period last year, up 92% against Citytv, up 44% against Global, and up 33% against CBC.

Meanwhile, the newly-minted CTV Two network has delivered impressive growth in Premiere Week, while all competing networks saw double digit declines. CTV Two was up 73% in total viewers as well as the key demos A18-34 (+75%), A18-49 (+69%) and A25-54 (+59%).

Ratings data reveals that CTV once again overwhelmingly wins Premiere Week with:

#1 Program of the Week: TWO AND A HALF MEN premiered to 4.9 million viewers, the most-watched regular series broadcast on Canadian television in six years and the second most-watched comedy broadcast ever in Canada.

4 of the Top 5 New Programs: #1 New Reality Series, THE X FACTOR (2.2 million), #1 New Comedy WHITNEY (2 million), #1 New Drama PAN AM (1.9 million), and UNFORGETTABLE (1.7 million)

Audience increases for key series: TWO AND A HALF MEN and THE BIG BANG THEORY delivered series-high audiences; CSI had its most-watched season premiere in three years; CASTLE returned with its most-watched premiere ever; and THE AMAZING RACE delivered its most-watched Fall premiere ever. 

Six out of seven nights: CTV delivered more viewers in primetime on six out of seven nights compared to the competition.

81% of primetime timeslots: Of the 21 primetime timeslots (8-11 p.m.) on the schedule last week, CTV won 17 of 21 in total viewers; 17 of 21 for A25-54; 15 of 21 for A18-49; and 13 of 21 for A18-34.

110% more viewers in primetime: From 8-11 p.m. last week, CTV delivered 110% more viewers on average than Global among total viewers, 227% more than CBC, and 374% more than Citytv. Against Global, CTV led by 101% among A25-54 and 104% among A18-49.

8:30pm – Thursday, September 22 on CTV

A fight between Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) leaves Amy (Mayim Bialik) caught in the middle, while Leonard (Johnny Galecki) tries to spice up his long-distance relationship with Priya (Aarti Mann).

8:00pm – Thursday, September 22 on CTV

On the fifth season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY,Penny (Kaley Cuoco) worries that she’s screwed things up permanently with her friends, while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) takes command of the paintball team.

Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory has been confirmed to gest star on Nickelodeon series iCarly.

The actor, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom, has been locked in to play a psychiatric patient on the teen series which stars Miranda Cosgrove as Carly.

Parsons will join the likes of Glee’s Jane Lynch in a small group of actor who have made guest appearances on the series.

The episode will screen later in the year.

Source: Digital Spy

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.

8:00pm – Thursday, May 19 on CTV

When Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) receives her Ph.D., the guys take joy in reminding an emasculated Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) that he is the only one in their group who isn’t a doctor. Meanwhile, Raj (Kunal Nayyar) becomes Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) new roommate after hearing Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Priya (Aarti Mann) engaging in a STAR TREK bedroom fantasy.

8:00pm – Thursday, May 12 on CTV

When Howard (Simon Helberg) finally breaks the news to his mom that he’s engaged to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), it lands her in the hospital.

8:00pm – Thursday, May 5 on CTV

Raj (Kunal Nayyar) attempts to cure his social anxiety disorder while Penny (Kaley Cuoco) uses Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) to spy on Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and his girlfriend.

8:00pm – Thursday, April 28 on CTV

Priya (Aarti Mann) uses her lawyer skills to pick apart the roommate agreement and the girls take Sheldon (Jim Parsons) dancing.

8:00pm – Thursday, April 7 on CTV

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) experiment on their friends by spreading gossip, while Howard (Simon Helberg) takes a big step in his relationship with Bernadette (Melissa Rauch).