The Verdict is In: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is Fall's #1 New Series with 2.4 Million Viewers Thursday on CTV

- Canadians make it a CTV/Shonda Rhimes one-two punch as perennial favourite GREY'S ANATOMY returns with a solid 1.8 million viewers -
- SAVING HOPE grows from Monday, wins regular Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot -

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TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - It was a criminally good premiere for HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER as the series debut snuck past CTV's own GOTHAM (2.37 million) to instantly become the most-watched debut of the season with an initial audience of 2.40 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER was the most-watched program Thursday, taking the top spot in all key demos. Ranking #2 for the night, the season premiere of GREY'S ANATOMY returned with 1.8 million viewers at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., SAVING HOPE grew 10% from its Monday premiere, winning its regular Thursday night timeslot with 1.2 million viewers. Overall, CTV won every hour of primetime Thursday.

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A closer look at Thursday's Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data:

  • At 8 p.m., GREY'S ANATOMY bested BONES by 34% in the key A25-54 demo, and 45% among A18-49 (Global/FOX).
  • At 9 p.m., SAVING HOPE won its timeslot with more than double the viewers of its next closest competitor.
  • At 10 p.m., the season's most-watched new program to-date HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER delivered ratings as high as 6.7 (Toronto) and 6.9 (Montréal) for A25-54.
  • All three dramas saw half-hour growth in their broadcasts.

Premiere Week continues on CTV and CTV GO tonight with the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9 p.m. ET, and leading into the season premiere of BLUE BLOODS at 10 p.m. ET. Also, the special two-hour premiere of SHARK TANK airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two.

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Source: Numeris (BBM Canada). Overnight vs. overnight.

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For further information:

Matthew Almeida, CTV Networks, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca
Renee Dupuis, CTV Networks, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca
Christy Sullivan, CTV Networks, 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca


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