Sci-Fi Drama 'Continuum' Crushes the Competition (in Canada) in Its Premiere

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May 28th, 2012

Science fiction series Continuum premiered to an estimated 900,000 viewers on Canada's Showcase network and reached a cumulative total (who watched any part of either of the two airings) of 1.7 million. The series is not currently airing on any network in the USA.

via press release:


1.7 million Canadians tuned into the series on Sunday

#1 scripted specialty drama episode this year

TORONTO, May 28, 2012 – The numbers are in and the future looks bright for Continuum. The wildly anticipated debut of the Showcase original series smashed the competition, reaching 1.7 million* Canadians throughout its two airings on Sunday night. The premiere episode garnered a viewership** of 900,000 (2+) and 427,000 (A25-54) in its 9 pm timeslot, becoming the highest single episode ever on Showcase.

The massive premiere was the highest ranked show of the night across all of Canadian commercial television for Adults 25-54, Men 25-54, and Adults 18-49. With this record, Continuum claims the top spot as the #1 scripted specialty drama episode for this broadcast year across multiple demos.

Continuum is a futuristic police drama starring Rachel Nichols (Criminal Minds, Alias) as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. When a group of fanatical terrorists escapes their planned execution in the year 2077, they vault back in time to 2012 sweeping dedicated City Protective Services officer, Kiera, along with them. With unexpected assistance from teen tech genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen; Jericho, Scream 4) Kiera concentrates on bringing down the terrorists before they can change the course of history forever. Desperate to get back to her husband and son, Kiera impersonates a local law enforcement officer to expedite her investigation, forming an uneasy alliance with her new partner, detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster; Castle, Melrose Place).

Filmed on location in Vancouver, Continuum is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures in association with Shaw Media.

Continuum airs Sundays at 9 pm ET/PT exclusively on Showcase.

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Source:  BBM Canada PPM data; 8/29/11 – 5/27/12

*Cume reach, Viewers 2+



Showcase is a Shaw Media channel.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

About Reunion Pictures.
Reunion Pictures Inc. is a Vancouver based production company with a long history of developing, financing and producing successful award winning television and film properties for Canadian and international markets.

  • Lucas’

    I have to watch it!

  • DonJ1973

    It looks interesting, but I’m going to wait until they sign up with a U.S. broadcast partner. I have plenty of stuff to watch from this past season. I’m guessing that SyFy will be the most likely candidate to take it.

  • KevinSW

    I saw it, it was really good, and great quality, though i find the changes from 2012 to 2077 a bit TOO much lol, didn’t seem THAT realistic for things to change SOOO drastically in 65 years….it WAS great quality though, and seems fun. I certainly enjoyed it.

  • Craig

    Its been 62 years since it was 1950… look how much has changed in that time. We mastered space flight, computers were invented and at the time they took up a whole room… now we have far superior computers that fit in our hands (smartphones). A lot has happened in 62 years. Who knows where we could be in 65…. as long as the recession ends.

  • Doug in SF

    Hopefully another network other than SyFy will pick it up in the US.

  • bitchstolemyremote

    Liked the premise and Nichols. Don’t agree with KevinSW that those kinds of changes won’t be incorporated in 60 years (consider the world between 1940 and 2000). Overall it’s a solid show, though it needs to work on plot holes and awkward/bad dialogue.

    Our take on the pilot:

  • USAmerica1st

    Wow. Wanna see this for sure.

  • AcE

    Loved it, better than anything SyFy has put out in ages.

  • Fake Me Out


    It’s too early for me to say I’m in a Love/Hate relationship with this show … it’s just Like/Dislike right now.

    I like the concept, most of the actors and the FX are ok … but I can only suspend so much belief before my head explodes. Time travel, ok, I’ll buy in … rogue US cop shows up uninvited walking around a Canadian crime scene and then gets to interview a suspect all alone … ummm, no … too much to ask me to buy that.

    I find the changes over 65 years are not enough. Unless we hit some technological wall we can’t pass, the changes will be more pronounced … but then that would require an even larger FX budget. We should have a poll here and 65 years from now Bill III & Robert III can announce the winner @

    I hope they get their sea legs and keep the ratings up over the next 9 episodes.


    Help save Endgame and watch season 1 on Hulu

  • Lucard

    Futuristic, yeah right – it starts in the future but travels back to now where it will stay (making it cheap).
    Seems to be the usual cliches with a bitchy vaguely man hating future heroin dedicated to catching the evil crooks.

  • cimmer

    Lost Girl did great in Canada too, not so hot on Syfy for US audiences. No I’m not saying that means the show was bad or good just an observation. Sometimes things that play in other countries don’t always do well here but I suspect Syfy will buy it and give it a try if the numbers stay up in Canada. It wouldn’t need great rating to make money I suspect.

  • Carrie

    Woah just watched the premiere. Way better than the promos had me thinking O_O

  • The Original J

    While it’s not an exact apples-to-apples comparison, the population of Canada is about 35 million people. The population of the US is between 300 and 350 million people. So in Canada, this show got the US equivalent of approximately 17 million cumulative viewers over its two airings. Not bad at all.

    Thanks so much for posting these numbers, Robert. I was wondering how it did. I hope this show will make its way stateside ASAP.

  • Travis

    I hope Science picks it up instead of SyFy.

  • Arolan

    I saw the commercials for it on several different Shaw channels yesterday which didn’t look very good but I decided to watch because a friend was an extra in it. It was actually a lot better than the commercials made it out to be. Still pleasantly surprised that Rachel Nichols wanted to do a Canadian cable show.

  • V

    It was an 80 day shoot for 10 episodes.
    That’s probably why she did the show.

    LOST Girl didn’t pick up until season 2, so lets see how it picks up viewers as show goes on.

  • Tom M

    The description of the concept somewhat reminds me of a syndicated show we had back in 1993-94 called “Time Trax”. They only made 44 episodes, but on a purely pound-for-pound basis, it’s probably my all-time favorite show, so I’m glad that “Continuum” did well and look forward to the U.S. hopefully getting it. Otherwise I’ll probably have to resort to other, shadier means to see it, which, while it’s becoming more and more the way of the world, I am still loath to do.

  • MMOGAddict

    GHST Network (formerly know as SyFy) to Showtime: “Can you add some ghosts or wrestling in it?”

    As to why Lost Girl didn’t do as well in the US as was hoped, it was probably due to the fact that most people had already downloaded and watched it by then. I beleive that Lost Girl was shown almost a year earlier in Candaian (and even other parts of teh world like Australia) before it was shown in the US.

  • cimmer

    @TomM,yes Time Trax, I thought the synopsis to Continuum sounded familiar.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Rookie Blue 2077!!!!!

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