Canadian Viewers Find their MOTIVE: New Canadian Series Debuts with 1.23 Million Viewers

#1 Canadian Series Premiere of the Broadcast Season
- MOTIVE more than doubles audience of ELEMENTARY last night -
- Encore episode of MOTIVE airs tonight on CTV Two at 10 p.m. ET/PT -

To tweet this release:

TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - It was another touchdown for CTV's original programming slate last night as, despite an 11p.m. ET start time, 1.23 million viewers tuned in for the post-SUPER BOWL premiere of its new original drama series MOTIVE. The debut becomes the #1 Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. With 4.2 million viewers tuning in to some or all of the new Canadian crime drama, MOTIVE tackled its competition by more than doubling ELEMENTARY's audience head-to-head (548,000; Global), and kicked off its debut season as the most-watched program of the night, next to the SUPER BOWL. Following a massive promotion and publicity campaign, MOTIVE held steady throughout the delayed broadcast and scored big among both men and women, with a 6.5 rating for M18-34 in Toronto and a 5.2 rating for F18-34 in Vancouver.

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An encore presentation of last night's premiere episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and on Saturday, Feb 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV in addition to the CTV Mobile channel. MOTIVE is also currently available on demand across CTV's digital platforms:, the CTV App, and through video on demand partners.

Next week, MOTIVE settles into its regular time slot with an all-new episode, entitled "Crimes of Passion" (Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV). When a teenaged girl is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the first clues point Detectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Vega (Louis Ferreira) toward the girl's disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Passion is a strong enough motive for murder, but Angie believes the boyfriend is innocent. She takes a different tack, which reveals a connection between the victim and an eminent prosecutor in the midst of a mayoral campaign. Turns out that passion may well be the motive, and the underpinning of a secret double life. 

MOTIVE is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media.



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@kristinlehman1 -- Kristin Lehman
@LaurenHolly -- Lauren Holly
@therogercross -- Roger Cross
@BrendanJPenny -- Brendan Penny
@cameronbright -- Cameron Bright


About CTV CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 10 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at

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For further information:

Tonia Addison, CTV, CTV Two, 416.384.2194 or
Allie Page, CTV, CTV Two, 416.384.4596 or

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