2011 CITYTV NEW YEAR'S BASH #1 in Canada with Viewers on Citytv and OMNI Television

5,260,000 VIEWERS WATCH 26TH ANNUAL LIVE BROADCAST FROM NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE ON CITYTV AND OMNI TELEVISION IN CANADA

CITYTV AND OMNI.2 WIN THEIR TIMESLOTS ACROSS ALL DEMOS IN TORONTO INCLUDING KEY DEMOS (A18-34, 8.9 rating, A18-49 8.3 rating and A25-54 7.4 rating)

TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - More than 5 million viewers (2+ total reach) watched the 26th annual Citytv New Year's Bash LIVE broadcast from Nathan Phillips Square in Canada combined on Citytv in all markets and OMNI.2 in Ontario, preliminary overnight data reveals, making it the #1 watched New Year's special in Canada. 

During its broadcast peak at midnight, the two-hour and ten minute New Year's special captured a 49% share (A18-34), 50% share (A18-49), and 49% share (A25-54) in Toronto representing 369,000, 795,900, and 716,100 viewers respectively.

Hosted by Citytv personalities Gord Martineau, Tracy Moore, Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese, the Citytv New Year's Bash is one of the biggest New Year's celebrations in Canada.  This year's celebration drew crowds of over 40,000 people to Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto and thousands more forced road closures on surrounding Queen and Bay streets.  Leading up to the broadcast, Citytv's Rogers Petersen and radio personality, Taylor Kaye from 92.5 KISS-FM fired-up the crowd with an entertaining pre-show. 

Musical performances by superstar, Blake McGrath; Juno Award winning singer, Shawn Desman; pop music star, Danny Fernandes; Juno nominees, Stereos; music sensation from Chilliwack BC, These Kids Wear Crowns; and the soulful songstress, Divine Brown rocked the stage with hit singles until the countdown.  Following an elaborate fireworks show, Canadian brothers, Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes, surprised the crowd with an exclusive performance - singing for the first time together on television.

Citytv also offered the only Canadian New Year's special LIVE on iPAD.  The online users who watched the 2011 Citytv New Year's Bash that streamed LIVE online at Citytv.com more than doubled over last year. 

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Source: BBM Canada Overnight Data, December 31st, Citytv New Year's Bash ran from 10p-12:08a, Citytv plus OMNI.2.

Citytv™ television stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg offer viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television programming. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv engages its viewers with dynamic on-air personalities and delivers an entertaining mix of news, local-interactive formats such as: Breakfast Television and CityLine; as well as local Canadian and US acquired prime time entertainment programming. Citytv is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information on Citytv stations and programming, visit www.Citytv.com.

About OMNI Television
OMNI is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to positive portrayal and broadcast reflection of Canada's diversity through the airing of inclusive and accessible programming.  With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) - OMNI has a combined reach to 16.5 million households in major market areas. As well as specializing in Canadian multilingual/multicultural programming, OMNI carries well-known International series and films - including East Asian Super Cinema and South Asian Bollywood Freetime Movies. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.  For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca 

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Media Contact:
Koreen Ott, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3250, koreen.ott@rci.rogers.com

Stephanie Leslie, Rogers Media Television, 416.764.3191, stephanie.leslie@rci.rogers.com

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