It's official: Millions of Canadians are now Gleeks - Glee premieres as the No. 1 show of the night in every major demographic

    Massive ratings make biting comedy the most-watched new series premiere
    on Canadian TV of the last year

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    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Canada's got a new Top 10 hit! Glee, the most
talked about show this fall, made its much anticipated debut last night on
Global - and what a debut it was. Having already received an onslaught of
critical acclaim, the broadcast not only met, but greatly exceeded
expectations as over 1.7 million Canadian fans tuned in, with nearly 4 million
viewers tuning in at some point during the broadcast.
    In fact, Glee is now on record as the highest rated premiere of any new
series on Canadian television in the past year.
    "Glee is the hit we knew it would be," said Barbara Williams, EVP,
Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "Canadians have embraced this delightful show,
and its success is a testament to the fact that great TV is what resonates
with viewers, and that is what Global delivers week after week."

    -   937,000 viewers in the key demo Adults 18-49 nationally
    -   Won the timeslot in all three markets
    -   Won the night for the key demo A18-49 in the two biggest markets,
        Toronto & Vancouver, while in Calgary, Glee's series debut came
        second only to another Global hit show, Wipeout
    -   Out performed the highest rated show on each of the competitive
        networks in total viewers nationally, beating CTV's Top Model 2-hour
        premiere by 60%; CBC's Dragons Den by 80%; CityTV's According to Jim
        by 540%
    -   The fan frenzy continued online at as views of the pilot
        episode quadrupled the daily average, peaking by 60% hour over hour
        after the broadcast of the series premiere(xx)

    Sept. 9 (A18-49)                  NATIONAL   TORONTO  VANCOUVER  CALGARY
    GLEE (9-10p)             Global    937,000   295,200   150,600    29,900
    AMER. TOP MODEL (2HR.)   CTV       547,400   118,900    62,000    26,400
    THE TUDORS               CBC       122,800    58,000     3,300     6,500
    ACCORDING TO JIM         CITYTV    126,900    30,100     4,700     3,800
    ACCORDING TO JIM         CITYTV    137,700    32,700     3,900       600

    Viewers who missed the Glee broadcast can log onto at anytime
to stream the episode in its entirety or tune into Global TOMORROW, Friday,
September 11 - 9pm ET/PT for a network encore presentation.

    GLEE Episode No. 3 Synopsis: 'Acafellas'
    Wednesday, September 16 - 9pm ET/PT

    Will forms an all-male a cappella group, but when he neglects the glee
club, the kids decide to hire a well-known choreographer to coach them.
Meanwhile, Mercedes falls in love. Josh Groban appears as himself.

    Source: All data BBM PPM Data - as of August 31st, 2009
    Source(xx): Omniture Site Catalyst.

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For further information: Media Contact: Grace Park, Global Television,
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