- THE BIG BANG THEORY season average up 13% versus last season -
- CTV's Thursday night lineup delivers Top 6 programs -
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TORONTO, May 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Television's #1 series THE BIG BANG THEORY went out with a bang as 4 million viewers tuned into last night's season finale. Sending Howard (Simon Helberg) into space as a married man, it was the second highest overnight audience in the series' history, up 12% over the season's average (3.59 Million) and up 17% versus last year's season finale*. The episode was also the top program of the week to date both nationally and in the key markets with total viewers (4.04 Million National Viewers) and key demos A25-54 (2.13 Million National Viewers) and A18-49 (2 Million National Viewers).
In Toronto alone, THE BIG BANG THEORY drew massive key demo ratings of 14.4 (A18-34), 12.7 (A18-49), and 13.3 (A25-54) with 2 in 5 people in the key demos watching television tuning in to catch the gang stage a last-minute wedding ceremony for Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Howard on Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) roof.
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Last night's THE BIG BANG THEORY season finale ranks as the top overnight audience for a regularly scheduled program with total viewers in 2012. Canada's #1 series, THE BIG BANG THEORY season average (3.59 Million) is up 13% versus last season with key demo growth of +14% (A18-34) and +12% (A18-49 & A25-54)**.
Overall, CTV and CTV Two delivered the Top 6 programs Thursday night, capturing each time-slot from 7:30 to 11 p.m. and winning the night with total viewers and the key adult demos.
The finales continue on CTV this Monday, May 14 with; TWO AND A HALF MEN at a special time of 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, MIKE & MOLLY at 9 p.m. ET/PT and SMASH at 10 p.m. ET/PT (visit ctv.ca to confirm local listings).
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CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.
Source: BBM Canada; Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters
* Overnight vs Overnight
** 9/19/2011 - 5/10/2012 vs. same weeks last year.
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