The Ratings Keep Rolling in for Shaw Media

Global's Summer Blockbuster Big Brother Wins the Night Nationally

History Television's Unbeatable Fall Schedule Continues to Dominate the
Specialty Landscape with Another Night at Number One

Urban Suburban Becomes HGTV Canada's Biggest Canadian Premiere of the

Showcase's brand-new series Royal Pains Becomes Highest-Rated Specialty Scripted Series of the Night

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TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - From History Television's second #1 night in a row and HGTV Canada's record-breaking premiere of Urban Surburban, to Global's monstrous summer performance, Shaw Media's ratings ride continued Wednesday night with another sensational night across many of its channels.

Global's massive hit series Big Brother continues to be the summer's blockbuster program, winning the night nationally with 1.3 million viewers 2+ and almost 800,000 in the adults 18-49 demo. In addition, all three plays of Big Brother rank among the top 10 this summer - nationally and in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

On Wednesday night, Shaw Media's programming dominated the specialty landscape again, earning the top eight spots across all specialty for adults 25-54 and men 25-54. History Television's unstoppable fall lineup of compelling and addictive programming continues to lead the pack, owning Wednesday night with six of the top ten specialty programs in the A25-54 category. The premieres of new seasons of Ice Road Truckers and Swamp People brought in almost half a million viewers each (2+), and 219,000 and 174,000 (A25-54) respectively.

HGTV Canada's new series Urban Suburban became an instant hit, raking in 201,000 (2+) and 113,000 (A25-54) viewers at 10pm, making it the highest Canadian premiere on HGTV over the past year.

As the ultimate destination for the best cable dramas, Showcase's brand-new series Royal Pains premiered with 335,000 (2+) and 150,000 (A25-54), making it the highest-ranked scripted program across specialty for the night in both the 2+ and A25-54 demos. This program was also ranked top 10 across all key demos.

Top 10 specialty programs for adults 25-54 include:

Program Channel A25-54
AMERICAN RESTORATION History Television 242.6
AMERICAN RESTORATION History Television 242.6
ICE ROAD TRUCKERS History Television 219.0
PAWN STARS History Television 215.3
SWAMP PEOPLE History Television 174.4
PAWN STARS History Television 156.5
ROYAL PAINS Showcase 150.4
THE BIG BANG THEORY Comedy Network 134.3
THE BIG BANG THEORY Comedy Network 119.4

Source:  BBM Canada PPM overnight data; August 31, 2011; Total Canada 

Global Television, History Television, Showcase and HGTV Canada are Shaw Media channels.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit


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