Up 31%, THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS Watched by 1.6 Million on CTV

    
       - No. 1 Entertainment Program Sunday; most-watched JUNO AWARDS
                                 since 2003 -

         - Younger viewers flock to Canada's Music Awards as A18-34
                           viewers skyrocket 63% -

     - 6.5 million watch part of the broadcast as total reach jumps 59%
                               from last year -

    - Encore broadcast tonight on MuchMusic and on demand at junos.CTV.ca -

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ST. JOHN'S, April 19 /CNW/ - Bieber mania and Drake desire drove younger viewers to THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast last night, as CTV saw the A18-34 audience soar 63% compared to last year. On a competitive night of television, the audience for THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS was 1.6 million viewers, up 31% overall compared to 2009 (1.23 million) and the most-watched JUNO AWARDS on CTV since Shania Twain hosted from Ottawa in 2003. A detailed audience analysis based on preliminary overnight data from BBM Canada indicates that:

    
    -   THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS was the No. 1 program of the day with all three
        key adult demos (A18-34, A18-49 and A25-54), attracting more viewers
        than STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS 2010 (CBC), CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
        (Global/NBC), and THE 45th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
        (Citytv/CBS).

    -   The audience peaked at 2.1 million viewers during a surprise
        appearance by Drake in Justin Bieber's performance of "Baby".

    -   The two-hour awards special was watched in all or in part by
        6.5 million Canadians in total, up 59% compared to last year
        (4.06 million).

    -   One year before the THE JUNO AWARDS heads to Toronto for the 40th
        anniversary show, last night's broadcast was the No. 1 program of the
        night in total viewers (429,000) and the key adult demos in Canada's
        largest market.
    

"There is nothing foggy at all about these ratings - Canadians are overwhelmingly clear when it comes to their pride in Canadian musical artists," said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. "THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS will ultimately be remembered for its memorable performances, cutting-edge production and welcoming hometown crowd."

THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS is now available on demand at junos.CTV.ca, while MuchMusic presents an encore broadcast tonight at 10 p.m. ET. ETALK continues their exclusive coverage of the 2010 JUNO Awards - including interviews from the exclusive backstage ETALK Lounge - with the 30-minute wrap-up special ETALK AT THE JUNOS, airing tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV from St. John's. A complete list of winners can be found here (http://www.ctv.ca/mini/junos2010/nominees.html).

(xx)Media Note(xx) - Download photos from last night's Red Carpet, ETALK Lounge and Broadcast at www.ctvmedia.ca.

THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS airs Sunday, March 27, 2011 on CTV from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Marking the 40th anniversary of The JUNO Awards, it will be the 10th year in a row that Canada's Music Awards will air on CTV, the Official Broadcast Partner of the JUNO Awards.

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards have travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from St. John's (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007), Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009) and St. John's (2010).

THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, and Melanie Berry and Ed Robinson for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Lindsay Cox is Supervising Producer. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sponsors of THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on CTV include Chevrolet, Garnier, Pepsi and Rogers.

Sponsors of THE 2010 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage's "Canada Music Fund," with commitments from The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John's and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Web Links:

Official JUNO Awards website: www.junoawards.ca

CTV's JUNO Awards website: www.junos.ctv.ca

CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca

CTV website: www.ctv.ca

Source: BBM Canada. Audiences quoted prior to Aug. 31/09 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.

SOURCE News - Media

For further information: For further information: about THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS broadcast, contact: Amanda Rinaldo, CTV Inc., (416) 384-5325 or amanda.rinaldo@ctv.ca; Renee Dupuis, CTV Inc., (416) 384-3154 or renee.dupuis@ctv.ca; For general information about THE 2010 JUNO AWARDS, contact: Chris McDowall, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5648 or cmcdowall@hccink.com; Tiffany Astle, Holmes Creative Communications, (416) 628-5603 or tastle@hccink.com


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