AMERICAN IDOL Rocks the Competition With Nearly 3 Million Viewers on CTV

- IDOL delivers more viewers than all networks combined -

- Most-watched season premiere since THE BIG BANG THEORY -

- BLUE BLOODS nearly doubles OFF THE MAP-

- The auditions continue tonight at 8 p.m. ET on /A\ -

TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Premiering to overwhelmingly positive reviews, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez both hit a high note as the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 premiere crushed the competition with 2.9 million viewers last night on CTV. Between 8-10 p.m., more viewers watched AMERICAN IDOL than the other four Canadian conventional networks combined. Up 5% compared to its Season 9 average audience (2.7 million), the Season 10 premiere peaked with 3.5 million viewers and was the #1 program of the night nationally in all key demos and in Canada's three largest television markets. Building its audience from one hour to the next, more than 7.7 million Canadians watched some or all of the broadcast. Overall, AMERICAN IDOL is the biggest season premiere of the year since CTV's megahit THE BIG BANG THEORY returned last September with 3.1 million viewers.*

** Media Note ** Download photos from the series premiere of AMERICAN IDOL at ctvmedia.ca.

The premiere delivered a 32.4 Share for A18-49 and a 31.7 Share for A25-54, meaning that nearly one in three people in these demos watching television last night were watching AMERICAN IDOL.** A total of 1.42 million viewers aged 18-49 watched the episode, and 1.35 million viewers aged 25-54.

At 10 p.m., CTV's BLUE BLOODS put OFF THE MAP off the map in its new Wednesday night home. Winning the hour in total viewers and all key adult demos, CTV's BLUE BLOODS (1.6 million) delivered 81% more viewers than OFF THE MAP (ABC/Global; 882,000), which fell 38% compared to last week.

To view the complete release and to access photos, click here: http://bit.ly/hsJxW4

SOURCE CTV Inc.

For further information:

Christy Sullivan, CTV Inc., 416.384.3624 or christy.sullivan@ctv.ca
Allie Page, CTV Inc.,416.384.4596 or allie.page@ctv.ca

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