2.75 Million Watch on CTV as Brian Melo Crowned 2007 Canadian Idol Champion

    - Canadian Idol Ends as Summer's No. 1 Program Once Again -

    - Toronto/Hamilton Viewers Jump 21% Over Last Year's Finale -

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - When Hamilton's Brian Melo's name was revealed
as the 2007 Canadian Idol champion in the final minutes of last night's
star-studded season finale, a remarkable 2.75 million Canadians were watching,
CTV confirmed today. In all, the unforgettable, two-hour Canadian Idol finale
ended with an average audience of 2.25 million viewers, the single biggest
audience of the season and once again the No. 1 program of the night in

    In addition, Canadian Idol:

    -   Saw nearly 5 million Canadians tune in to some or all of the
    -   More than doubled the audience of Big Brother (CBS/Global; 983,000)
        nationally, during the 9-10 p.m. hour.
    -   Was the most-watched show in Toronto by 25 per cent compared to the
        second-ranked show (CTV National News). With 428,000 viewers,
        Canadian Idol saw its Toronto audience jump 21 per cent compared to
        last year's finale.

    (xx) Media Note (xx) - Download photography and audio clips from last
         night's Canadian Idol season finale at idolpix.ca.

    With the latest season now concluded, Canadian Idol finishes for the
fifth season in a row as the most-watched program of the summer on Canadian
television. The non-simulcast Idol drew 23 per cent more viewers than the
second most-ranked series on Canadian TV this summer, America's Got Talent

    "Five seasons later, Canadian Idol not only continues to capture the
hearts of Canadians from coast-to-coast, but still transforms the lives of the
competitors who entertain us each summer," said Susanne Boyce, CTV President
of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group. "Congratulations to both
Brian and Jaydee and thank you for a thrilling finish."

    Now with five winners and dozens of finalists continuing to make their
living as recording artists, Canadian Idol has changed the Canadian music
industry landscape. The numbers speak for themselves:

    Canadian Idol Alumni
    - 34 CDs released
    - 7 No. 1 singles
    - 1,000,000+ units sold by Canadian Idol finalists
    - 16 JUNO Nominations

    In its fifth season, Canadian Idol continued to prove why it is
considered one of the most innovative Idol formats among the dozens that
appear on television screens around the world. A look back at the numbers from
Season 5:

    Canadian Idol Season 5

    -   12 guest stars for the most blockbuster line-up of special guests
        yet: Enrique Iglesias, Queen, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Paul
        Anka, Bon Jovi, Avril Lavigne, Eva Avila, Kalan Porter, Hedley and
        Low Level Flight
    -   9,477: number of competitors Brian Melo outlasted to claim the
        Canadian Idol crown.
    -   37,231,772: total votes cast this season, more than one for every
        man, woman and child in the country.
    -   4,849,386: total votes for the final performance episode this season,
        the most ever in the history of the series.
    -   15 cities on the Canadian Idol Top 3 Tour, beginning Nov. 18:
        Charlottetown, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Ottawa, Belleville,
        Toronto, Hamilton, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red
        Deer, Surrey and Edmonton
    -   42: percentage of Gold Ticket winners that played an instrument after
        Canadian Idol changed the rules to allow competitors to accompany
        themselves in competition.
    -   100,000 - number of kilometres the Canadian Idol production team
        traveled from coast-to-coast in search of this year's winner
    -   50+: number of hats 2007 champion Brian Melo accumulated over the
        course of the summer
    -   30: number of hours of Canadian Idol Season 5 broadcast on CTV, with
        more than 25 hours produced live.
    -   21,600: number of people who attended Canadian Idol Top 10 tapings
        this summer at Toronto's John Bassett Theatre
    -   1,000: number of crew members coast-to-coast who helped bring the
        show to air
    -   11: cities on the 2007 Canadian Idol audition tour: Vancouver,
        Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, St.
        John's, Toronto and Oshawa

    Canadian Idol was created by Simon Fuller and is produced in association
with CTV by Insight Productions. John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive
Producers. Rick Lewchuk is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Program Planning and
Promotion. Ed Robinson is CTV's Senior Vice-President, Comedy and Variety.
Susanne Boyce is CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media

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    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
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For further information:

For further information: Allie Page, Canadian Idol, (416) 559-4365 or
apage@ctv.ca; or Renée Dupuis, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca

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