Canadians Choose CTV News with Most-Watched Ontario Provincial Election Night Coverage

— June 8, 2018

– CTV News’ ELECTION 2018 special attracts average audience of 840,000 viewers on CTV and CTV News Channel, more than 2.5 times its closest competitor –
– CTV News’ live special watched by a total of 3.8 million unique Canadian viewers; audience peaks at 1.2 million viewers –
– In the Toronto market, CP24 attracted an average audience of 210,000 viewers, making it the second-most-watched election special behind only CTV News –
– CTV News’ leading digital platforms garner more than 1 million page views on election day –

TORONTO (June 8, 2018) – Last night, Canadians elected CTV News their #1 choice for Ontario Provincial Election results. A combined average audience of 840,000 preliminary overnight viewers tuned in to CTV News’ election results special ELECTION 2018 on CTV and CTV News Channel from 9 p.m. – 11:35 p.m. ET, more than 2.5 times its closest competitor. CTV News was the first news organization to declare both an election win (9:12 p.m. ET) and a majority government (9:15 p.m. ET) for Doug Ford’s Ontario PC Party. Led by CTV Toronto anchors Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé, CTV News’ ELECTION 2018 special was watched by 3.8 million unique Canadian viewers. Audiences peaked at 1.2 million viewers at 9:44 p.m. ET, after the Ontario PC Party had secured a majority government. In the Toronto market, CP24 delivered the second-most-watched election special, behind only CTV News. Hosted by co-anchors Nick Dixon and Stephanie Smyth, the special attracted an average audience of 210,000 viewers from 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET. Nationally, CP24’s day-long Ontario election coverage was watched by a total of 3.1 million unique Canadian viewers. “Our industry-leading news teams delivered exemplary live coverage on all platforms throughout election day,” said Joanne MacDonald, Vice-President, CTV News and General Manager, CP24. “Across the organization, this commitment to timely, accurate reporting is a testament to the skill and dedication of the CTV News team.” CTV News Digital Coverage Canadians made CTV News their destination for comprehensive news updates, voting trends, and analysis across digital platforms. CTV News’ Ontario election coverage generated the following digital highlights:
  • Nearly 175,000 live streams of CTV News and CP24’s live election specials
  • More than 1 million page views across CTV News’ leading slate of digital platforms
  • More than 275,000 video views
  • 78,000 views of the @CTVNews election-focused Instagram stories

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 Bloomberg, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. Flagship news sites include CTVNews.ca, as well as CP24.com and BNNBloomberg.ca, and are complemented by CTV News GOCP24 GO, and BNN Bloomberg apps, and text-over-video product, ON THE GO, which provide a direct connection to Canada’s most trusted news anytime and anywhere.  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.

About CP24

CP24 is Toronto’s source for breaking news. Available on multiple platforms including television, web, mobile, and via its Twitter handle @CP24, CP24 is the GTA’s #1 destination for news, weather, and traffic. CP24 also delivers information on the move with CP24 GO and the CP24 traffic app. CP24 has been honoured numerous times by the RTDNA – the association of electronic journalists – including, most recently, with the Gordon Sinclair Award for Live Special Events in 2017, the Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage in 2016, and the Charlie Edwards Award for Digital Media Spot News in 2015. CP24 is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

Source: Numeris, 6/7/2018. P2+, Total Canada, preliminary data subject to change. CP24 Ontario based on Toronto/Hamilton EM.

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