CTV's Flashpoint Debuts No. 1 in Canada: No. 1 in the U.S.

    - Highly anticipated Series Premiere wins time-slot, night and all
    key demos -

    TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - CTV's "reverse" simulcast of its original series
Flashpoint debuted No. 1 in both Canada and the U.S. on Friday night. Across
Canada, the series delivered 1.11 million total viewers, 140% more than the
next closest 10 p.m. competitor, winning both its time-slot and the night. The
series premiere also finished No. 1 in Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Adults
25-54 demos. The episode was No. 1 at 10 p.m. in each of Canada's three
metered markets; Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Nationally, the audience grew
in its second half-hour, peaking at 1.26 million viewers.

    In the U.S. Flashpoint finished No. 1 for CBS - No. 1 in its time-slot,
No. 1 in every adult demographic and was the most-watched program of the
night. It also grew audiences in its second half hour and in all, counted
8.13 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    "Bullseye!" said Susanne Boyce, President of Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc. "To be No. 1 in North America underscores, yet again, the
talent in this country. Congratulations to the creators, cast and creative
team of Flashpoint."

    Flashpoint Episode 2 premieres this Friday, July 18 at 10 pm on CTV/CBS.
In "First in Line" Jack Swanson's (Henry Czerny; Mayerthorpe, The Tudors)
teenaged daughter desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. When he is
told that a heart is finally available, he races his girl to the hospital,
only to find the heart's been allocated to someone else - a bureaucratic
screw-up that could cost his daughter her life. Distraught, Jack turns a
policeman's gun on a surgical team, forcing Ed and Jules to face the chilling
possibility of a lethal solution.

    Set proudly in Toronto, the 13-part series is the first Canadian series
since CTV's Due South to air in network primetime in both Canada and the U.S.
Flashpoint continues production in Toronto until August 25, 2008.

    Flashpoint is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment (Anne Marie La Traverse)
and Avamar Entertainment (Bill Mustos) in association with CTV and CBS
Paramount Network Television. Louise Clark and Virginia Rankin are the CTV
production executives working with the series. Louise Clark is Vice-President,
Program Development for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and
Channels, CTV Inc.

    Canada - BBM Nielsen Media Research, preliminary overnight data,
    CTV Total.
    U.S. - Nielsen Media Research, preliminary overnight data.

For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or

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