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Both shows renewed for next season; MARKETPLACE to celebrate its 40th anniversary 

Prime-time current affairs programming proved to be tremendously popular with Canadians in the just-wrapped 2011-2012 season according to data from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM).

MARKETPLACE, Canada's consumer watchdog, earned its highest season ratings in more than 15 years (best since 1994-95) with an average weekly audience of more than 1.1 million viewers, a 29 per cent increase over last season. MARKETPLACE won its time slot four times, and over the course of the season more than 8.3 million viewers tuned in to at least some part of the program, equivalent to almost 25 per cent of the population or about one in four Canadians. Following this blockbuster season, Marketplace returns in the fall for its 40th season on CBC Television and expands to a full year, from 12 episodes to 24.

the fifth estate also posted a large jump in viewers, boosting its ratings by 17 per cent over last season with an average weekly audience of 677,000 and a total season viewership of 11.2 million Canadians.  Earlier this season, the fifth estate won its largest single audience in more than a decade (1.3 million viewers) for its minute-by-minute reconstruction of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

"This has been an outstanding season for CBC News and its investigative and current affairs programming," said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief of CBC News.  "The numbers speak for themselves: Canadians are reacting to the strong, in-depth journalism that CBC News delivers.  They want much more than just the headlines and sound bites--they want the full picture behind the big news stories, and they want to be fully informed as consumers and as citizens."

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