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.

  • Peace Love Apple Pie

    Show was great. fun to watch, Was curious and it is avail online at their website, just need a VPN access to canadian IP address. or live in canada. Great show, can’t wait till it comes to America.

  • Babygate

    @The Original J

    Just to be sure, you meant 1.7 million viewers, not 17 million, right?

  • scifi

    Lost Girl got 200-300 (.000) viewers on Showcase’s sundays and it was very successful. But 1.7 million??? Can’t believe. Maybe something wrong?

  • Simon

    Season 2 here we come! Loved the primeire, loved seeing all the old SG faces there. Lexi Douig (SG-1), Tony Amandola (SG-1)(sp?), Mike Doupd (SG-1, SGA, SGU), Jennifer Spence (SGU) and William ‘Ciggaret Smoking Man’ Davis (The X-Files & SG-1).

  • It’sBroccoli


    Huh, did you even read The Original J’s comment? If you didn’t, do it. If you already did, do it again, because then you clearly did not understand it. xD

  • JeffFL

    I watched the first episode yesterday and it was good. Therefore, don’t expect it to show up in the States!

  • barondla

    Loved Time Trax. Would be great to see the show again. Continuum sounds good. Hope it makes it to the US. Maybe TNT will pick it up to go with Falling Skies.

  • mol0m

    Glad for the show. Pilot was great. :)

  • huh.

    Great show! Thanks for posting this.

  • RyanCanada

    im going to check this out, i missed it, and forgot to DVR it, so im going to download it.

  • Dave

    Wasn’t aware of the show until i seen it continually advertised during Friday nights King season finale, watched it and really enjoyed it.

  • jessica

    Ryan, it repeats quite a few times throughout the week.

    1.7 M for the two showings on Sunday isn`t unbelievable. There is only one HD feed of Showcase and those who wanted to watch it not-late-afternoon on the west coast tuned in the encore which was 8pm PT. If you want to know a successful show then check out NCIS, which often is above 2 M or The Big Bang Theory which floats between 2.5 and 4+ M viewers in Canada. Transpose those numbers to the US population and then try to recall the last scripted programme which had 40 or even 25 M viewers in the US!

    As for why Lost Girl isn`t doing so well on Syfy, like most i think it has to do with the show not coming on in the US until it was 2/3 of the way through the 2nd season in Canada and those who wanted to see it long before had given up waiting and embraced alternative means. If Syfy has the third season on closer to when it is on in Canada it will likely see a huge jump in the ratings. Continuum might be too scifi for Syfy but if they do pick it up they need to not sit on it for a year if they want it to not be a failure.

    MMOGAddict, Showcase is NOT Showtime. Canadian basic cable vs American premium cable. :) Lost Girl was on in Canada in 2010 and then in Australia and the UK in 2011 before Syfy US finally said ‘maybe we should get with it’ and put it on in early 2012. Haven is on 3 days before and Being Human and Sanctuary are on same-day and they do fairly well for Syfy.

  • Barbarossa

    Huh, I hadn’t heard of this up here in the Great White North. May have to check it out

  • The Original J


    Like It’sBroccoli said, go back and read the original post. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory.

  • neo not

    Hope it gets better.

    They have some good character actors, many faces from other SF shows. Too bad they didn’t do more with them.

    The story is unsurprising and pedestrian and there are many scenes that strain credulity. This woman shows up at a police station and just TELLS them she’s a cop and they take her word for it? At the station they get a call for a bank robbery and dash out then MIRACULOUSLY are the first on the scene. In fact they chase and shoot it out with the bad guys before the blue suits ever show up.

    The bad guys are card board cut outs. Scary scars, scary hair cuts, they throw knives at each other, kill cops, dress in cammo.

    Like I said, I hope it gets better.

  • James S

    Is this not timecop redone?

  • SmG

    I may check this one out, sounds good.

  • AC75

    Just watched Continuum and it’s decent. Some of the acting and dialogue is a bit clunky here and there, and of course, you have to let the conveniences of the plot go, but it’s kinda fun.

  • The End


    Very well said.

  • The End


    Syfy nielson viewers love paranormal shows as proven by the ratings vs cost.

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