CBC’S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE GARNERS RECORD-BREAKING NUMBERS

Feb 06, 2015
CBC-TV is a primetime destination for Canadians this winter season, with a lineup of new and returning hits that continue to deliver strong ratings across all key demographics. With 1.3 million Canadians on average tuning in to watch THE BOOK OF NEGROES miniseries on Wednesday night, new confirmed data shows THE BOOK OF NEGROES debuted to an audience of 1.941 million people. THE NATIONAL also garnered impressive numbers on Wednesday night, with an audience of just over 1 million Canadians tuning in following THE BOOK OF NEGROES.
 
“We are thrilled that Canadian audiences are responding so well to both our long standing series and new programming,” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming, CBC English Television. “It speaks to the wonderful talent we are working with in the independent community and the strength of our teams.”
 
CBC WINTER SEASON RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS:
 
THE BOOK OF NEGROES premiere captured an audience of 2+AMA of 1.941 million. Confirmed audience data shows that more than 1.9 million Canadians watched the premiere episode of THE BOOK OF NEGROES on Jan. 7, with 1.6 million returning for the second episode the following week
 
SCHITT’S CREEK premiere captured an audience 2+AMA of 1.581 million, followed by 1.55 million for episode two at 9:30pm on January 13
 
MURDOCH MYSTERIES returned on Jan. 12 to a 2+AMA of 1.387 million viewers, which was the highest-rated episode of the season
 
RICK MERCER REPORT captured an audience of 2+AMA of 923,000 upon return on Jan. 13, with 1.109 million viewers tuning in on Jan. 20—the highest viewership for RMR of the season so far
 
THE NATIONAL saw an audience of 2+AMA of 1.208 million on Jan. 7 and 1.001 million on Jan. 13, a record number for the 2014/15 season
 
HEARTLAND consistently garners more than 1 million viewers per episode, bringing in an audience of a 2+AMA of 1.027 million on Jan. 11 and 1.036 million on Jan. 18
 
THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES secured an audience of 2+AMA of 889,000 on Jan. 13, and 977, 000 on Jan. 20, which was its highest-rated episode since the 2013/14 season
 
DRAGONS’ DEN continues to capture the attention of Canadians, bringing in an average audience of about 1 million viewers each week
 
*Source is Numeris (BBM Canada), Total Canada, 2+ Audiences
 
For a full schedule of CBC’s winter programming, visit CBC.ca/Television.
 
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A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy to transform the public broadcaster, and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians, now and for future generations. Through to 2020, the Corporation will increase its investment in prime-time television programming and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.
 
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