Numerous time slots won with innovative, exciting Canadian television -
5 shows drew more than one million viewers
TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - CBC Television is celebrating its most
successful season premiere week ever, with a number of new and
returning CBC comedy, drama, unscripted and current affairs programs
winning their time blocks - and several with audiences of more than one
"This record-setting week is a testament to great programming made for -
and made by - Canadians," said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Executive
Vice-President, English Services. "At CBC, we'd like to thank our
partners for creating such amazing hit shows, and we thank Canadians
for choosing to watch them."
On four different occasions, CBC's Canadian programs won their time
blocks over U.S.-produced content (MARKETPLACE, the fifth estate, MR. D and DRAGONS' DEN). REPUBLIC OF DOYLE placed second in its time block just behind the People's Choice Awards
while HEARTLAND came behind only the NFL Playoffs.
Among the ratings highlights:
CBC's new action/adventure drama ARCTIC AIR won the largest audience for the premiere of a new drama series in 20
years, with total viewership of 1.05 million.
New comedy MR. D premiered to 1.23 million viewers - the largest for a comedy since the
debut of LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE in January, 2007.
Five shows captured audiences well over the one million mark - MARKETPLACE, MR. D, ARCTIC AIR, DRAGONS' DEN and REPUBLIC OF DOYLE - while four others notched audiences of more than three-quarters of a
million (the fifth estate, HEARTLAND, REDEMPTION INC and THE RICK MERCER REPORT.)
(All data from Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM)).
For a full list of CBC's winter programs, visit www.cbc.ca/seasonpreview
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching
Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio,
television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in
the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer
diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight
Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences.
In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and
being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of
SOURCE CBC Television
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