W5 Celebrates Banner Year as Saturday Night’s Most-Watched Non-Sports Program

— May 1st, 2014

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TORONTO (April 24, 2014)W5’s stellar season wrapped this past Saturday on CTV, once again leading the night as the most-watched, non-sports program in primetime. North America’s longest-running documentary series rated highly throughout its 48th season, reaching 2.31 million unique viewers in Canada on average each episode, marking an 8% increase versus last year.** Viewers can catch encore broadcasts of W5 for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season and through the summer as episodes continue to air Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Episodes of W5’s landmark 2013-14 season are also available on-demand on CTV News GO.


Canadians clearly support investigative and inspirational journalism with their viewing choices and we are honoured to have their trust,” said Anton Koschany, Executive Producer, W5.

“Each week, W5 tackles the tough and provocative issues that Canadians need to know, and we are proud that viewers illustrate their interest in first-rate journalism by tuning in,” said Lloyd Robertson, Chief Correspondent and Host, W5.

W5’s season finale “ARMED AND DANGEROUS,” led by Robertson, was a special one-hour, in-depth look into one of the most violent armoured truck robberies in Canadian history, delivering an increased audience of 42% from the previous week.** Top-rated episodes of the 2013-14 season include “THE KENNEDY LEGACY,” an examination of  the murder, history, and fascination surrounding  President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, which premiered on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination; and “FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,” which revisited the story of Pavel Kulisek, a Vancouver man who spent three-and-a-half years in a Mexican jail for drug trafficking charges. Both episodes original premiere airings on CTV garnered an average audience exceeding one million viewers.**


W5 also continued its investigation into deadly nursing home violence this season, revealing ground-breaking data in “IN DEADLY CARE.” Inhumane farming practices on Canadian pig farms (“FOOD FOR THOUGHT”), egg farms (“BEHIND THE BARN DOOR”), and veal farms (“CRUEL BUSINESS”) were uncovered to the shock of consumers. Viewers were also cautioned about the mental health issues and dangers facing young people today, including online predators (“PREDATOR’S PLAYGROUND”) and depression leading to suicide (“DEGREES OF STRESS”).

Earlier this year W5 was awarded the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism and Best News Information Segment during the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. This achievement marked the first time the Gordon Sinclair Award was given to a program which traditionally honours the work of individuals.

Encore episodes of W5 air on CTV on Sundays at 4 p.m. ET, and can be seen on Investigation Discovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5; the CTV GO App and CTV News GO App, the CTV Mobile channel on Bell Mobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings). W5 is also simulcast in Toronto on CFRB NEWSTALK1010.










About W5

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 48th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.

**Source: BBM Canada, Total Canada, 2+ Average Episode Reach, 9/16/13 - 4/6/14 vs. same time a year ago

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For more information, contact:

Julie MacFarlane, Bell Media, 416.384.4623 or julie.macfarlane@bellmedia.ca

Patricia Garcia, Bell Media, 416.384.2645 or patricia.garcia@bellmedia.ca