The Defenders

10:00pm – Wednesday, October 27 on CTV

When an attempt to collect a gambling debt leaves one man dead and an officer shot, Nick (Jim Belushi) and Pete (Jerry O’Connell) must defend their client.

10:00pm – Wednesday, October 20 on CTV

Nick (Jim Belushi) and Pete (Jerry O’Connell) are shocked when their client, a state senator, is charged with the kidnapping and burglary of his mistress in the midst of a divorce case.

With the dust now settled on the first week of the Fall television season, a ratings review reveals that no matter how you look at it, CTV overwhelmingly wins Premiere Week with:

#1 Show of the Week: THE BIG BANG THEORY premiered to 3.11 million viewers on its new day and time, a new Canadian record.

3 of the Top 4 New Shows of the Fall: BLUE BLOODS (2.126 million), THE DEFENDERS (1.915 million), $#*! MY DAD SAYS (1.485 million).

Audience increases for key series: THE BIG BANG THEORY and CASTLE delivered series-high audiences, while DANCING WITH THE STARS had its most-watched premiere ever.

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

86% of primetime timeslots: CTV wins 24 of the 28 primetime timeslots from 7-11 p.m., Monday-Sunday, in total viewers; 20 of 28 for A25-54; 21 of 28 for A18-49; and 23 of 28 for A18-34.*

78% more viewers in primetime: from 7-11 p.m. during premiere week, CTV delivered 78% more viewers than Global among total viewers, 145% more than CBC, and 304% more than Citytv. Against Global, CTV led by 49% among A25-54 and 51% among A18-49.

Wins on every night, every timeslot: CTV’s diversified schedule exhibited its strength with timeslot wins throughout the week on every night and in every timeslot.

11 of Top 15 shows in Canada last week:

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV, Thursday)      3,112,100

HOUSE (Global, Monday)                                      2,699,300

THE MENTALIST (CTV, Thursday)                     2,642,500

CRIMINAL MINDS (CTV, Wednesday)                2,639,400

GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV, Thursday)                 2,528,400

SURVIVOR (Global, Wednesday)                                    2,483,000

DANCING WITH THE STARS (CTV, Monday) 2,479,000

THE AMAZING RACE (CTV, Sunday)                2,437,900

CSI: NY (CTV, Friday)                                             2,324,600

GLEE (Global, Tuesday)                                         2,180,200

HAWAII FIVE-0 (Global, Monday)                         2,136,400

BLUE BLOODS (CTV, Friday)                              2,126,000

DANCING WITH THE STARS (CTV, Tuesday)            2,086,200

CASTLE (CTV, Monday)                                        1,921,300

THE DEFENDERS (CTV, Wednesday)              1,915,200     

After premiering to 1.9 million viewers to win its timeslot Wednesday night on CTV, new hit series THE DEFENDERS returns to CTV next Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

Freshman Fall series LAW &  ORDER: LOS ANGELES, starring Skeet Ulrich (JERICHO), Corey Stoll (Salt), Terrence Howard (Iron Man) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), will now make it’s series premiere on /A\ next Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. An encore broadcast airs on CTV the following Saturday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

Visit CTV.ca and ATV.ca to confirm local broadcast times.

In the new THE DEFENDERS episode entitled “Las Vegas v. Reid” (Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV), Nick (Jim Belushi) works the system to free a single mother accused of running down a jogger while chit chatting on her cell phone. Meanwhile, Pete (Jerry O’Connell) does his best to help a man down on his luck.

In the series premiere of LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES entitled “Hollywood” (Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on /A\), when a group of thieves target the homes of young Hollywood, Detectives Rex Winters (Ulrich) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Stoll), they soon discover there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. After the perpetrators are thought to be uncovered, another shocking crime is committed at the home of a young starlet and her stage mom. As everyone starts turning on each other, Deputy District Attorney Morales (Molina) remains intent on exposing the real ringleader.

Source: BBM Canada

On Night 3 of Premiere Week, CTV’s CRIMINAL MINDS returned with 2.64 million viewers at 9 p.m. to win the night and conclude last season’s cliffhanger.

The series provided a winning lead-in to the series premiere of THE DEFENDERS, which debuted #1 at 10 p.m. with 1.9 million viewers.

Meanwhile, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA grew by 6% compared to last week in its new, highly-competitive timeslot with 1.11 million viewers at 8 p.m. A ratings snapshot of Wednesday shows that:

At 8 p.m.:

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA was the #3 program of the day for F18-34 and grew 9% nationally compared to last week for A18-34.

At 9 p.m.:

Winning the night, CRIMINAL MINDS more than doubled the audience of its nearest competition (MODERN FAMILY, Citytv/ABC).

CRIMINAL MINDS was the #1 program of the day in Toronto for total viewers, A25-54 (9.5 Rating), A18-49 (9.8 Rating) and A18-34 (9.5 Rating).

At 10 p.m.

THE DEFENDERS became one of the season’s most-watched new programs, overwhelmingly winning its timeslot in total viewers and the key A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34 demos nationally and in Toronto and Vancouver.

THE DEFENDERS was the #3 program of the day in Canada with total viewers and A18-49.

At 11 p.m.

CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON was Canada’s most-watched national newscast for the third night in a row with 1.33 million viewers.

All of last night’s episodes on CTV and /A\ are available now on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

10:00pm – Wednesday, September 22 on CTV

Nick (Jim Belushi) and Pete (Jerry O’Connell) defend a young man facing a murder charge in a case unique to Vegas that requires a slight bending of the rules and ‘by any means necessary’ tactics on the series premiere of THE DEFENDERS.

On the heels of the best year for online video in the company’s history, for the first time, almost all of CTV’s prime-time schedule will be available on CTV.ca following each show’s television broadcast, it was announced today.

This Fall, CTV.ca is packed with brand-new, big buzz shows and returning favourites. Each of the series on CTV.ca will play in an enhanced 16:9 video player with improved video quality launching in sync with CTV’s Premiere Week, Monday, September 20.
 
“There is a growing demand and dedicated audience for network programming online, and we are aiming to be ahead of the curve to meet that demand,” said Alon Marcovici, Executive Vice-President of Digital Media, CTV Inc. “This programming expansion is a delivery on our commitment to ensuring that our audience has access to the best shows from across the schedule. Almost every prime-time show, and a fair share of daytime and late night programming, will be available to CTV.ca viewers.”
 
By the end of last television season, CTV.ca saw huge increases in online video viewership. CTV.ca served up more than 138.7 million video views, up 55.5% over the 08/09 broadcast year.  Once again, CTV.ca saw more video viewers than any other Canadian broadcaster. Online ratings winners last season include THE AMAZING RACE with 54% year-over-year growth in video views, GREY’S ANATOMY with 33.3%, and the final season of LOST, which saw a 53% increase.**
 
New series coming to CTV.ca

$#*! MY DAD SAYS
BLUE BLOODS
CONAN
DANCING WITH THE STARS
HELLCATS
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
MEDIUM
MIKE AND MOLLY
NIKITA
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
THE DEFENDERS
THE VIEW
 
Retuning to CTV.ca

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL
CASTLE
COMEDY INC.
COMEDY NOW!
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
ETALK (highlights)
GREY’S ANATOMY
HUMAN TARGET
PRIVATE PRACTICE
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (highlights and backstage exclusives)
THE AMAZING RACE
THE BIG BANG THEORY
THE MENTALIST
TWO AND A HALF MEN
UNDERCOVER BOSS
VAMPIRE DIARIES
W5
ALL MY CHILDREN
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
THE DR. OZ SHOW
THE COLBERT REPORT
THE DAILY SHOW
TMZ
 
Every episode is available on the CTV Video Player at watch.ctv.ca the morning following televised broadcast. Episodes of weekly dramas and comedies are generally available for three weeks, and daily programs for one week following broadcast. Please visit CTV.ca and Atv.ca for premiere dates and Fall schedules.
 
Before the summer ends, viewers can catch up on CTV’s hit summer series like HOT IN CLEVELAND, MASTERCHEF, SHAQ VS., and SCOUNDRELS. All these titles, including exclusive webisode series PUSHED, ERIC THE TRAINER, THE LAKE, and BLOOD CELL, are still online, plus old favourites PUSHING DASIES and the complete Season 1 and 2 of MAD MEN.
 
CTV’s online community are the first to know about sneak peaks and promotions. Viewers can get episode information, prime-time lineups, guest announcements, insider info and more at www.facebook.com/CTV and www.twitter.com/CTV_Television.

Canadian networks spent up large at the recent network upfronts in Los Angeles, bringing back a swag of new shows for the upcoming season.

Global led the buying with major reboot series Hawaii Five-0 picked up from CBS and J.J. Abrams new series Undercovers bought from Warners.

The network also picked up Fox’s Texas oil drama Lonestar, Ride-Along and Raising Hope.

Meanwhile Citytv scored NBC’s The Event, which features Jason Ritter and Blair Underwood.

CTV purchased Tom Selleck vehicle Blue Bloods as well as The Defenders, whose cast includes Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi.

The network also gained Law & Order: Los Angeles to replace the now cancelled Law & Order.

A major buy for CTV was the new William Shatner sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which is inspired by a real-life Twitter page. Also in the comedy genre, are Mike and Molly and Matthew Perry starrer Mr. Sunshine.

The networks will all announce their line-ups for the new season at the Canadian upfronts next week.

Source: Variety