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.

  • Julie

    I watched it (admittedly on the DVR after Game of Thrones) and it was much better than I had assumed from the promos. Will watch again and hope it continues to keep my interest….and keeps the ratings!

  • GARY

    this show is terrific!!!! im impressed

    amazing pilot

  • Steve

    Enjoyed it alot. Look forward to the next episode.
    -SS (from Vancouver).

  • Forgedias

    Continuum had alot of hype following it, so its no surprise the premiere did so well. I am though very pleased to see a good Syfy show done well, and not in a cheesy way.

    Its very fast paced, the story moves quickly and there are a ton of action sequences. There are some plot holes, but trying to fit the whole mythology in in one hour isn’t going to be doable, so I expect it to be slowly filled in as the episodes move on, but Continuum looks like its going to be very focused on moving the story quickly in a quick pace which is a pleasant surprise, since Lost would drive me to distraction with their slow plot reveals.

    For a low budget Syfy show, this in my opinion is even better then Terra Nova, considering it took them forever to ramp up the main plot. Continuum is what Terra Nova should of been like.

  • disney rocks

    The CW should pick this up. I think so because just yesterday I heard they were airing summer shows.

    Here’s what I think the network should do for summer-


    8-9= Oh Sit! (Premieres July 16;trough September 17)
    9-10= GG/90210/VD RERUN


    8-9= The Catalina (already airing)/ HOD RERUNS (when Catalina is done)
    9-10= The L.A Complex (July)


    8-9= Contiuum (July)
    9-10= Supernatual RERUN


    8-9= Breaking Pointe
    9-10= Vampire Diaries RERUN


    8-9 (or 10)-

    That new Queen Latifah singing thing (July); if it’s just one hour a repeat of SPN/Nikita/VD fills the second hour

  • Forgedias

    I’d love to see this on a main network in the US, but sadly with its 10 episode order, I’m not so sure how much intrest Continuum would get from a network. But you never know, the production quality is very good, much better then what I was expecting. The fact they have several well known actors also help. Many of these actors like Tony Amendola (SG 1), Roger Cross (Chronicle of Riddick, The Gates), Jennifer Spence (SGU), Lexa Doig (Andromeda, SG 1, V) would be easily reconized by the SYFY genre crowd.

    Between the strong supporting cast and how the series is already playing out, I’m very confident in saying this show will have legs.

    Also I do want to correct what some previews/reviews were saying about this show. This is not a cop procedural. Its a serialized SYFY cop show and with only 10 episodes for this season, the plot will be tightly wound. Its a very fast paced and action packed show, add to all that, the fight sequences are very well choreographed.

    I’m hoping a network picks this up, but I have a feeling your SYFY channel with get this since they picked up Lost Girl which is on the same specialty channel Showcase that airs Continuum. They might have the inside track on Continuum.

  • Rooks

    Good show. It does remind me of Lost Girl where the lines between the “good” side and the “bad” side are pretty blurry. Most conventional shows would have the protagonist being the anti-corporate rebel fighting against “the man”. Interesting to see things flipped around, hope the ratings stay up.

  • dante

    This show sucks badly!

  • Kal-Eluthor

    The series the best new serie the summer

  • John

    This show has a major plot hole. The only thing they need to fix is that they’re suppose to portray the corporation defender, Kiera, and that zuckerberg wannabe kid as the murdering psychopaths because in real life it’s the corporations that are killing and plundering. Aside from that all the other plot holes can be ignored if you turn your brain off completely.

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