Canadians Pump Up CORNER GAS To New Audience Record With Nearly 3 Million Viewers on CTV



    
     - Largest audience ever for series as 1 in 3 available viewers say
      goodbye to Canada's favourite comedy; more than 4 million viewers
                                  tune in -
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       "Why would I go anywhere when everything I like is right here?"

                                                              - Brent LeRoy
    

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Just like it began, CORNER GAS has ended on a
high, with a record-breaking audience last night. Canada's most beloved
homegrown comedy series has made television history with an audience of 2.914
million viewers for its series finale on CTV and 'A'. It's a new audience high
for CORNER GAS and the biggest audience on record for a Canadian scripted
television series(*). In all, nearly one in three viewers in English Canada from
9:30 - 10 p.m. watched the greatly-anticipated finale, in which Brent LeRoy
passes on a potential comedy career to stay put in Dog River.(xx) The episode
was the No.1 program of the night (ahead of HOUSE and CSI: MIAMI) and ranks as
one of the most-watched television programs in Canada this broadcast year,
ranking No.8 along with sports events and THE ACADEMY AWARDS. More than 4.2
million viewers watched some part of the episode.

    
    (xx)MEDIA NOTE: Download hi-resolution images of CORNER GAS and series
    finale festivities at ctvmedia.ca.
    

    In advance of the finale, the cast of CORNER GAS appeared on various
programs on CTV, significantly boosting their audiences compared to season to
date averages. A CANADA AM CORNER GAS special at 8 a.m. saw its audience
increase by 30%, while the dedicated special LIVE AT ETALK: THE CAST OF CORNER
GAS attracted a season-high 664,000 viewers at 7 p.m., a spike of 80% for
ETALK. Another 763,000 viewers watched the pre-finale special IT'S BEEN A GAS
at 7:30 p.m.

    For CORNER GAS fans not ready to say goodbye just yet - have no fear,
there is still GAS in the tank in the coming weeks and months:

    
    -   The Comedy Network offers a second shot at saying goodbye with an
        encore presentation of IT'S BEEN A GAS on Saturday, April 18 at
        8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the series finale "You've Been Great, Good
        Night," at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. For those who can't bear to part with it
        at all, episodes are available on demand on The CTV Video Player at
        CTV.ca and thecomedynetwork.ca, and on the go at iTunes.ca.

    -   The official CORNER GAS commemorative poster, "Thunderface," an ink
        drawing of the entire cast as the infamous Dog River band on their
        Farewell Tour, was chosen from nearly 300 entries. The poster will
        soon be sold at CornerGas.com with proceeds going to Free The
        Children, an organization dedicated to helping children around the
        globe.

    -   The CORNER GAS Season 6 DVD will be released on June 9, 2009 from
        Video Service Corp. The new, three-disc, DVD set includes all 19
        episodes of the final season, the television special IT'S BEEN A GAS
        and footage of the final read-through. Seasons 1-5 are also currently
        available on DVD at cornergas.com.

    -   The sequel to Michele Sponagle's best-selling companion book Tales
        From Dog River will be published in November by Penguin Canada.
        Entitled Dog River Confidential: The Super, Even More Complete Corner
        Gas Guide is an all-new volume featuring episodic guides for Seasons
        4-6 and more.
    

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., and in Dome Productions, a North
American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production
facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at
www.ctv.ca.

    
    Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research Preliminary Overnight Reports
    (*) According to ratings data on file since 1994, when electronic
    measurement began being recorded at CTV
    (xx)Audience Share, Viewers 2+, 9:31pm-10pm., English Canada
    





For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, (416) 384-5311, jim.quan@ctv.ca; Mary
Costa, (416) 384-7702, mary.costa@ctv.ca


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