CTV Ratings Alert - Desperate Housewives Wins Sunday with 2.3 Million Viewers



    
     - CTV Cleans Up in Premiere Week With 8 Out of the Top 10 Programs -
       - Desperate Housewives No. 1 nationally and in Toronto/Vancouver
                     with Total Viewers and Key Demos -
    - The Amazing Race is No. 2 with 1.9 million viewers out of simulcast -
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - As the dust settles on the first week of the
new television season, CTV is the No. 1 choice for viewers, with eight of the
Top 10 most-watched programs in the country. With 2.3 million viewers last
night at 9 p.m., Desperate Housewives joins CTV's Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami
and Grey's Anatomy on the list of the four most-watched programs in the
country last week. In last night's episode, the housewives returned five years
in the future, with Bree (Marcia Cross) running a cookbook empire and Edie
(Nicolette Sheridan) nabbing herself a creepy new husband (Neal McDonough).

    CTV won every time-slot from 8-11 p.m. Sunday night in total viewers and
A25-54 and 18-49 with the Top 3 most-watched programs on Canadian television.
A look at the night reveals that:

    
    -   Up 5% over last season's premiere, Desperate Housewives won the night
        nationally at 9 p.m. on CTV with total viewers (2.31 million) and the
        key A25-54 (1.24 million) and A18-49 (1.23 million) selling demos. It
        was also No. 1 among total viewers and A25-54 and A18-49 in Toronto
        and Vancouver.

    -   Despite airing out of simulcast due to an NFL football overrun on
        CBS, The Amazing Race was the No. 2 show of the night nationally at
        8 p.m. on CTV with 1.9 million viewers, besting the simulcast
        premieres of The Simpsons (Global/FOX; 904,000) and King of the Hill
        (Global/FOX; 655,000)

    -   At 10 p.m., a stand-alone episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent on
        CTV attracted 1.2 million viewers nationally, 29% more than watched
        the season premiere of Brothers & Sisters (Global/ABC; 945,000)

    CTV ended Premiere Week with 8/10 of the most-watched programs among Total
Viewers, 7/10 among A25-54 and 6/10 among A18-49, winning the three top slots
in each demo. The Top 10 programs (total viewers) for the first week of the
new TV season are:

    1.  CSI: Miami (CTV, 2.77 million)

    2.  Criminal Minds (CTV, 2.66 million)

    3.  Grey's Anatomy (CTV, 2.38 million)

    4.  Desperate Housewives (CTV, 2.31 million)

    5.  Survivor: Gabon (Global, 2.21 million)

    6.  House (Global, 2.17 million)

    7.  CSI: NY (CTV, 2.08 million)

    8.  The Amazing Race (CTV, 1.89 million)

    9.  Dancing With the Stars Performance (CTV, 1.74 million)

    10. Dancing With the Stars Performance/Results (CTV 1.44 million)

    Last night's Desperate Housewives episode is available for viewing on
demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.

    All-new episodes airing on CTV tonight includes Dancing with the Stars at
8 p.m. ET, followed by CSI: Miami at 10 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local
broadcast times).

    Source: Preliminary overnight data, CTV Total and Global Total
    (BBM Nielsen Media Research).
    





For further information:

For further information: Laura Heath Potter, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4633,
lheathpotter@ctv.ca; Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311, jquan@ctv.ca


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