CTV Wins Night 1 of 2008-09 Television Season



    
    -- CSI: Miami's explosive Season 7 premiere a hit with 2.8 million
    viewers; No.1 program of the day in total viewers and key demos --

    -- Dancing With the Stars wins over Prison Break and Heroes with
    1.7 million viewers -

    -- 'A' hits new benchmark high as Two and a Half Men with one million
    viewers bests Prison Break --
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The 2008-09 TV season began last night with the
season premieres of CSI: Miami and Dancing With the Stars winning every
time-slot between 8 and 11 p.m. and charting the Top 2 most-watched programs
of the night. Meanwhile, the season premiere of Two and a Half Men sets a new
benchmark for 'A' with one million viewers. CTV and 'A' finished the evening
with three out of the four most-watched entertainment programs on Canadian
television. Among the highlights:

    
    -   CSI: Miami's highly-anticipated, explosive Season 7 premiere - in
        which viewers learned the fate of injured Horatio Caine - won its
        time-slot and the night with 2.8 million viewers

    -   CSI: Miami was up in all key demos versus last year's premiere, +25%
        in total viewers, +61% P18-34, +25% P18-49 and +13% P25-54

    -   Head to head at 10 p.m., CSI: Miami delivered almost two and a half
        times the amount of viewers watching Heroes' second hour (Global/NBC;
        1.13 million)

    -   The No.2 show of the night was the two-hour, Season 7 premiere of
        Dancing With the Stars, with an average audience of 1.74 million
        viewers

    -   Dancing With the Stars danced over Global's Prison Break (947,000)
        head to head at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., Dancing With the Stars delivered
        28% more viewers than the first hour of Heroes' third season premiere
        (Global/NBC, 1.4 million, overall down 19% from last year's season
        premiere)

    -   The season premiere of Two and a Half Men delivered a new benchmark
        high for 'A', with one million viewers (995,000) at 9 p.m.

    -   Two and a Half Men ended the night as the No.4 entertainment program
        of the day, pulling in more viewers than Global's Prison Break (No.5,
        947,000).
    

    The all-new must-see programming on CTV continues tonight with the
Season 10 premiere of Law & Order: SVU at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the newest
two-hour episode of Dancing With the Stars at 9 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 or
lheathpotter@ctv.ca; Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596, apage@ctv.com


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