Global's Off the Map Premieres With More Than 1.4 Million Viewers

History Television Breaks All-time Record: Nearly 1 Million Canadians Watch the Premiere of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS

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TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Last night, Shaw Media experienced significant ratings wins on both conventional and specialty networks with the series premiere of Off the Map on Global and the record-setting series premiere of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS on History Television.


The diagnosis for Global's new Wednesday night medical drama, Off the Map is very good. Garnering more than 1.4 million viewers (Ind 2+, national), the series debut had strong initial sampling and won its timeslot nationally and in the key Toronto and Vancouver markets.

OFF THE MAP PREMIERE DATA HIGHLIGHTS (All data A18-49 unless otherwise indicated):

  • 563,000 viewers nationally in key A18-49 demo
  • Off the Map garnered 49% more viewers nationally than its closest timeslot competitor, The Defenders (CTV)
  • In the key markets, it outperformed The Defenders by 169% in Toronto and 102% in Vancouver
Wednesday, January 12 - 10pm ET/PT (A18-49)         CHANNEL           NATIONAL
Off the Map         Global           563,000
The Defenders         CTV           377,000
Criminal Minds (repeat)         /A\           128,000
Murdoch Mysteries         CityTV           56,000

Viewers who missed last night's premiere of Off the Map can catch an encore presentation of the first episode tonight at 10pm ET/PT on Global or online anytime at

Next week on Off the Map ("Smile. Don't Kill Anyone." - Wednesday, January 19 at 10pm ET/PT), Zee, Lily and Ben help a wildlife photographer who is being attacked by an anaconda. Meanwhile, Tommy learns a cultural lesson, and Mina gets off on the wrong foot with Ryan. Cheech Marin (LOST) guest stars. 


Hot off its best Fall season of all time, History Television continues its ratings success with the premiere of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS - the spin-off of hit series Ice Road Truckers - which has become the highest-rated single episode in channel history. The anticipated spin-off garnered nearly 1 million viewers on January 12 at 9pm ET/PT.


  • The season premiere placed History Television in the #1 Specialty position for the day
  • IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS delivered 968,000 (2+), 416,000 (A25-54) and 395,000 (A18-49)
  • This episode of IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS exceeded the network's previous high-water mark for a single-viewing for Pawn Stars at 804,100 (2+) and 499,500 (A25-54) on October 12, 2010

IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS fans can watch the record-setting premiere at

History Television's Winter schedule, which launched on January 3, 2011, features an incredible lineup of hit series including the world premieres of Rodeo: Life on the Circuit (Tuesdays at 8pm), Museum Secrets (Thursdays at 10pm) and the second season of Ice Pilots NWT (Wednesdays at 8pm), as well as Swamp People (Wednesdays at 10pm) and the second season of American Pickers (Tuesdays at 10pm). IRT: DEADLIEST ROADS airs Wednesday at 9 pm ET/PT.

Source: All data based BBM Canada PPM - Jan 12/11 based on overnight data.

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Sónia Brum
Global Television

Jennifer Mason
History Television

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