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Action-packed adventure series had largest audience in 15 years for a new CBC drama

ARCTIC AIR, the blockbuster CBC adventure drama about a Yellowknife-based maverick airline, has been renewed for a second season after winning the largest audience for a new CBC drama series in 15 years.

After premiering to more than 1.2 million viewers in January, ARCTIC AIR drew an average audience of just under one million viewers each week (965,000).

Over the course of the season, almost 7.3 million viewers tuned-in to some part of the program, about 22% of the population, or about 1 in 5 Canadians.

"With a star-studded cast, stunning aerial footage and the incredible natural beauty of the Northwest Territories, we were confident that Canadians would make ARCTIC AIR fly high.  This is a terrific achievement and we congratulate everyone involved with the production of this outstanding show," said Trevor Walton, CBC's Executive Director, Commissioned and Scripted Programming.

ARCTIC AIR features the star power of Adam Beach (Cowboys and Aliens, Flags of our Fathers, Law & Order: SVU), Pascale Hutton (Fringe, Rookie Blue, Sanctuary) and Kevin McNulty (The Killing, End Game, Battle Star Galactica).

ARCTIC AIR is created by Ian Weir and produced by Omni Film in development with CBC.

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