ER Series Finale Pulsates With 2.8 Million Viewers on CTV



    
               - ER is the most-watched program of the week -
         - Nearly five million viewers watch part of the broadcast -
     - New John Wells crime drama SOUTHLAND replaces ER on Thursdays at
                         10 p.m. beginning April 9 -
    

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - It was chaos as usual at ER's County General as
2.8 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour series finale, its largest
audience in five years. The finale spiked ER's audience by 58% in total
viewers over season average. Growing in each of its half hours, the two-hour
finale peaked with 3.19 million viewers during its final scene at 10:58 pm.
With a reach of nearly five million viewers watching some or all of the
episode, ER ended the night as the most-watched program on Canadian
television, followed by CSI (1.92 million/non-simulcast), also on CTV. A
simulcast SURVIVOR was third with 1.81 million viewers. The finale won the
week ahead of AMERICAN IDOL (2.09 million) and HOUSE (2.31 million).

    The program was also No. 1 for the night nationally with key selling
demos, jumping 61% for A25-54 and 62% for A18-49.

    Reminiscent of the series premiere in September 1994, the John Wells
penned finale delivered another dizzying business as usual day in the ER.
Joining series regulars John Stamos (Dr. Gates), Linda Cardellini (Sam
Taggert), and Scott Grimes (Dr. Morris) were former cast members Eriq La Salle
(Peter Benton), Laura Innes (Kerry Weaver), Sherry Stringfield (Susan Lewis),
Alex Kingston (Elizabeth Corday) and Noah Wyle (John Carter). Previous and
current cast members were all on hand to watch as Dr. Carter opened the doors
to the Joshua Center for Medicine, named after his son.

    ER may be ending, but a whole new drama is just beginning. Picking up
where ER left off is the brand-new series SOUTHLAND, from Emmy-Award winning
Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING). A raw, gritty and genuine
look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, heart-pounding drama,
co-starring Benjamin McKenzie (THE O.C.), takes over ER's longstanding
Thursday timeslot when it premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

    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 Overnights





For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, (416) 384-5311, jim.quan@ctv.ca


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