Catch Up to Canada's Most-Watched TV Programs Online: CTV.ca Announces Fall Lineup



    
    - THE MENTALIST and THE AMAZING RACE join Canada's most popular website
                             for network video -

    - Big Buzz Series FLASH FORWARD, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE and THE DR. OZ SHOW
         among 11 new series available online for catch-up viewing -

    - Canada's beloved THE LITTLEST HOBO now available on demand along with
                           other retro classics -

    - CTV.ca delivers three times as many videos as Globaltv.com in June -
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    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - This fall's most-talked about series and last
fall's break-out hits join Canada's most-watched television series on CTV.ca
in 2009/10, as the network's new online lineup was announced today. New big
buzz series FLASH FORWARD from ABC Studios, THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE and THE DR. OZ
SHOW are among 11 fresh titles joining CTV.ca's lineup, which already includes
blockbusters like GREY'S ANATOMY and LOST. Also joining CTV.ca this season are
even more of Canada's most-watched series, including Top 10 hits THE AMAZING
RACE and THE MENTALIST. CTV.ca allows viewers to catch up with their favourite
CTV programs, while offering exclusive online content as well.

    The new programs solidify CTV.ca's position as Canada's most popular
online destination for network television video. In June, the latest month for
which comScore data is available, CTV.ca delivered three times as many video
streams as Global TV (6.15 million vs. 1.9 million) and had more than three
times as many unique viewers (575,000 vs. 154,000). With its robust network
video offerings, CTV.ca was the No. 1 choice for Canadian online television
consumption over the course of the 2008/09 broadcast season.(1) Last season,
the Top 3 series on CTV.ca were GOSSIP GIRL, with more than 10 million video
views, followed by No. 2 GREY'S ANATOMY and No. 3 DEGRASSI: THE NEXT
GENERATION (see below for remainder of Top 10 online series).(2) The three
online hits return, joining more than 30 CTV series available at CTV.ca. In
all, more than 200 TV series are available on demand on CTV's many websites.

    "Canadians flocked to CTV.ca during the 2008/2009 television season,
embracing our unparalleled lineup of award-winning shows and helping us to
achieve stellar growth in the process," said Stephan Argent, CTV's
Vice-President, Digital Media. "As the leader in Canada's online video space,
we've learned a lot about what Canadians want from their online viewing
experience. Building on this momentum, today's announcement will further
establish CTV.ca as Canada's most popular destination for network video."

    Responding to an outpouring of support from fans across Canada, CTV's own
THE LITTLEST HOBO returns home exclusively online with all six seasons to be
rolled out over the course of the season.

    To add to viewers' nostalgia fix, more than 200 RETRO MINISODES,
available exclusively on CTV.ca, will provide five-minute snackable episodes
from the hit shows of the past, including DIFF'RENT STROKES, TJ HOOKER and
CHARLIE'S ANGELS.

    
    CTV.ca's 2009/10 Online Lineup:
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    Primetime
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    -   THE AMAZING RACE (xx)New(xx)
    -   AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (xx)New(xx)
    -   THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (xx)New(xx)
    -   THE BRIDGE (xx)New(xx)
    -   CRIMINAL MINDS (xx)New(xx)
    -   DEFYING GRAVITY (xx)New(xx)
    -   FLASH FORWARD (xx)New(xx)
    -   THE MENTALIST (xx)New(xx)
    -   VAMPIRE DIARIES (xx)New(xx)
    -   COMEDY NOW!
    -   CORNER GAS
    -   DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION
    -   DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
    -   ETALK
    -   FLASHPOINT
    -   FRINGE
    -   GREY'S ANATOMY
    -   GOSSIP GIRL
    -   THE LISTENER
    -   LOST
    -   MAD MEN (Seasons 1-2)
    -   PRIVATE PRACTICE
    -   ROBSON ARMS
    -   SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (highlights)
    -   TMZ
    -   W-FIVE

    Daytime
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    -   THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (xx)New(xx)
    -   THE DR. OZ SHOW (xx)New(xx)
    -   CANADA AM

    Late Night
    ----------

    -   CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON
    -   THE COLBERT REPORT
    -   THE DAILY SHOW

    Online Exclusive (xx)New(xx)
    ----------------
    -   THE LITTLEST HOBO

    -   RETRO MINISODES: BEWITCHED, CHARLIE'S ANGELS, DIFF'RENT STROKES,
        DILBERT, FANTASTY ISLAND, GOOD TIMES, STARSKY AND HUTCH, TJ HOOKER,
        THE JEFFERSONS, WHAT'S HAPPENING
    

    CTVglobemedia's online network experienced significant growth throughout
the 2008/2009 television season reaching almost half a billion video views
since September 2008(3), more than 300% greater than its closest
competitor.(4) Rounding out the Top 10 most-watched series on CTV.ca in
2008/2009 were DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (No. 4), PRIVATE PRACTICE (No. 5), SO YOU
THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA (No. 6), LOST (No. 7), FLASHPOINT (No. 8), ER (No.
9) and TWO AND A HALF MEN (No. 10).

    Canada was recently ranked as the No. 1 online video viewing nation in
the world with the average Canadian watching 10 hours of video online in
February, 2009. Known for their tech savvy nature, more than 21 million
Canadian viewers, or 88% of the total Canadian Internet population, watched an
average of 147 videos this past February.(5)

    About CTV

    Canadian consumers have made CTVglobemedia their online network
destination of choice for news, sports and entertainment. During the past
year, CTVglobemedia websites have delivered nearly eight million unique
visitors and 300 million page views on average, each month, serving Canadians
with dynamic, interactive content, and reaching Canadians where they are with
what they want. Featuring the best delivery infrastructure in the country,
CTVglobemedia's multimedia platforms include video online, websites, user
generated content sites, mobile content and video on demand. Parent portals
www.ctv.ca and www.globeandmail.com are the gateways to Canada's online
network.

    CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private
broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and
entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network.
CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests
in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts,
entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by
CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns
Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official
broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and
London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on
the company website at www.ctv.ca.

    
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    (1) comScore Inc. Video Metrix, Sept. '08 - May '09 Average, Videos (000)
    (2) Omniture
    (3) Akamai (Sept. '08 - May '09)
    (4) comScore Inc. Video Metrix, Sept. '08 - May '09 Average, Videos (000)
        (Canoe Network)
    (5) comScore Inc. Video Metrix, All Locations, February 2009
    





For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Fell, Communications Manager, Digital
Media, CTV Inc., (416) 384-2817, carolyn.fell@ctv.ca


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