via press release:
Ash-tronomical Return: TWO AND A HALF MEN Draws Largest Audience Ever with 5 Million Viewers to Win Night One on CTV
– TWO AND A HALF MEN season premiere is second most-watched comedy broadcast ever –
– CTV wins Night 1 of Premiere Week, five out of Top 6 shows –
– DANCING WITH THE STARS kicked off its 13th run with 1.4 million viewers on CTV Two –
– Fall Premiere of FLASHPOINT wins timeslot over NCIS –
– More than two million Canadians loved WHITNEY’s wit –
– CASTLE is king at 10 p.m. with two million viewers –
Toronto, ON (September 20, 2011) – Charlie Harper is officially dead but TWO AND A HALF MEN is alive and kicking! Ashton Kutcher’s hugely anticipated debut was watched by 5 million viewers last night on CTV, the most-watched regular series broadcast on Canadian television in six years. Marking its largest audience ever, last night’s TWO AND A HALF MEN broadcast goes down in the record books as the second most-watched comedy broadcast ever in Canada. One in three Canadians watching television last night tuned in to some part of the broadcast.
While a record number of viewers tuned in for Charlie’s funeral and Walden Schmidt’s (played by Ashton Kutcher) wet but splashy arrival, CTV drowned the competition, winning Night 1 of Premiere Week with more viewers in primetime than any other network, winning every individual hour from 8-11 p.m. and claiming five of the Top 6 programs of the night overall.
A closer look at Night One of Premiere Week:
• FLASHPOINT’s Fall Premiere won the timeslot with 1.5 million viewers over the season premieres of NCIS (1.4 million, Global) and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (983,000, Citytv/CBS). FLASHPOINT was up 12% over its summer premiere earlier this year.
• TWO AND A HALF MEN was watched by 1.4 million viewers in Toronto alone, delivering a massive 22.0 Rating among A25-54.
• Nationally, a total of 6.7 million viewers watched some or all of the broadcast.
• The season’s new “It Girl” Whitney Cummings propelled her new series WHITNEY to 2 million viewers, winning the time period nationally out of simulcast and doubling the series premiere of 2 BROKE GIRLS (964,000, Citytv/CBS).
• CASTLE’s highly anticipated cliff hanger season premiere (2.0 million) – in which viewers learned the fate of injured Kate Beckett – won its timeslot with total viewers and all key demos over HAWAII FIVE-O (1.9 million, Global/CBS) and the series premiere of THE PLAYBOY CLUB (485,000, Citytv/NBC). Continuing its momentum from last season, CASTLE was up 13% among A25-54 compared to its premiere last season, while HAWAII FIVE-0 dropped 20%.
Meanwhile on CTV Two, 1.4 million viewers watched the season premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS from 8-10 p.m. highlighted by a shining performance by Chaz Bono and outperforming both NCIS/HOUSE (870,000) on Global and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER/HAPPY ENDINGS/2 BROKE GIRLS (770,000) on Citytv/CBS.
All of last night’s episodes on CTV and CTV Two are available now on demand on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca.
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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
CTV electronic audience databases incorporate data beginning in 1994.
Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.