Flashdance: So You Think You Can Dance Finale is Summer's Most-Watched Television Event with Nearly 2 Million Viewers on CTV; Flashpoint Delivers Series High Audience of 1.3 Million in Fifth Week



    
    - Nail-biting SYTYCD finale peaks at 2.5 million as Joshua Allen crowned
    America's favourite dancer -
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Last night's So You Think You Can Dance finale on
CTV is the most-watched television program of the summer with a record 1.92
million viewers, preliminary overnight data from BBM Nielsen Media Research
confirms today. The Season 4 finale, in which Joshua Allen walked away with
the title and $250,000, has become the most-watched episode ever of So You
Think You Can Dance in Canada. The two-hour finale provided a boost to CTV's
Flashpoint, which delivered a series-high audience of 1.3 million viewers in
its fifth week. The two series were the No.1 and No.2 programs on Canadian
television last night nationally and in Toronto and Vancouver.
    In advance of the upcoming premiere of its Canadian sister series on CTV
this fall, So You Think You Can Dance is more popular than ever, with its
average audience up an impressive 19% over Season 3 on CTV last summer.
    The success story continues for Flashpoint, which has seen growth in
total viewers for the past three weeks in a row. The CTV/CBS co-production was
once again No.1 in its time period last night, up 7% over last week. Since its
premiere on July 11, Flashpoint has grown 74% among A18-34, 63% among A18-49
and 43% among A25-54.
    In his widely-read "Programming Insider" column today, MediaWeek's Marc
Berman writes that with Flashpoint's success, "There is every reason to now
believe that the broadcast networks will rely more on quality Canadian
programming in the future."
    In next week's Episode 6, premiering Thursday, August 14 at 10 p.m. on
CTV/CBS, Tasha Redford (Sarah Gadon, The Border, The Eleventh Hour) - an
awkward 16-year old - is a target of bullies. Distraught and pushed to the
limit by her tormenters, it's up to Jules to talk her off the edge of an eight
storey advertising tower. Can Jules get Tasha to trust her before she lets go?
Will Jules' strength be enough to keep this tormented girl alive?

    Sources:

    Preliminary overnight data, CTV Full (BBM Nielsen Media Research).

    U.S. - Nielsen Media Research, preliminary overnight data.





For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or
apage@ctv.ca


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