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ROCKS THE RATINGS AND BOOSTS PRODUCTION INDUSTRY IN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR CBC-TV's REPUBLIC OF DOYLE POSTS BEST SEASON

The raucous adventures of Canada's swaggering sleuth continued to gain new fans this season as CBC-TV's REPUBLIC OF DOYLE drew its biggest audience yet.

According to the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM), REPUBLIC OF DOYLE finished its third season with an average total audience of almost 1.2 million viewers - its highest-rated season, up 18 per cent over last year.  And for the first time, all 13 episodes garnered over 1 million viewers each.

"Congratulations to the cast and crew of the show, whose hard work was rewarded by record-breaking viewership by Canadians' said Tom Hastings, CBC Creative Head, Drama, Commissioned and Scripted Programming. "We're very proud of REPUBLIC OF DOYLE's continuing success."

During the course of the 2011-12 season, almost 8.8 million viewers tuned in to some part of the program, representing 26 per cent of the population or more than one in four Canadians.

The season premiere, featuring a guest star appearance by OscarĀ® winner Russell Crowe, kick-started the momentum, drawing an audience of 1.55 million viewers, a 22 per cent jump over the Season Two opener.

 

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE's renewal for a fourth season on CBC-TV is good news for the television production industry in Newfoundland & Labrador.  It is the largest original TV or film production ever mounted in the province, generating about $22 million per season in production activity and sustaining 110 full-time jobs.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE stars Allan Hawco as the charming and irreverent detective who struggles daily to navigate the complications of running the family P.I. business while keeping his very volatile private life in check.

Other cast members include: colleague and father Malachy Doyle (Sean McGinley); colleague (and de facto stepmother) Rose Miller (Lynda Boyd); vandal turned P.I. apprentice Des Courtney (Mark O'Brien); enterprising niece Tinny (Marthe Bernard) and charming Sergeant Leslie Bennett (Krystin Pellerin).

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE is produced by Take the Shot Productions.

For program backgrounders and images, please visit mediacentre.cbc.ca

 

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CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

 

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