1.1 Million Canadians Watch First Images of Pope Francis on CTV News’ THE NEW POPE, Wednesday

— March 14, 2013



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TORONTO (March 14, 2013)– Once again, CTV News is the choice of Canadians when it comes to breaking news coverage. CTV was the only English-language Canadian conventional network to break into regularly scheduled programming the moment white smoke appeared from the Sistine Chapel and provide continuing coverage on Wednesday. Then, 1.1 million viewers were watching CTV and CTV News Channel’s THE NEW POPE coverage the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time. Helmed by CTV News’ Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme from Vatican City, the special coverage drew 735,000 viewers, more than all other English-language networks and nearly twice the typical daytime viewing audience on CTV and CTV News Channel.* In all, 2.1 million unique viewers turned to CTV News coverage to learn the identity of the new pope.

With extensive online access to the latest papal news throughout the conclave, CTVNews.ca’s pope coverage drew more than 700,000 page views yesterday, overall.

About CTV News

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN –Business News Network, CP24 and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, CANADA AM, W5, POWER PLAY and QUESTION PERIOD. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada.


Source: BBM Canada, CTV Total


 *Cumulative average on Wednesdays 2:07 – 3:48 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV News Channel, Weeks 1-27


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For more information:

Julie MacFarlane, CTV News, 416.384.4623 or Julie.macfarlane@bellmedia.ca

Renee Dupuis, CTV News, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca  


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