Canadian Networks to Pre-Empt Top U.S. Network Series For Ontario Election Coverage
Canuck programmers have scrambled to reschedule "Charlie's Angels," "Bones" and "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursday, October 6 lineup to make way for politico specials in the country's top TV market.
TORONTO - CTV is pulling the plug on plans to air ABC’s Charlie’s Angels in the key Toronto market to make way for live coverage of the Ontario provincial election on Thursday, October 6.
And rival Global Television will pre-empt Fox’s Bones at 9 p.m. and NBC’s Prime Suspect at 10 p.m. to air Decision Ontario, its network election night coverage in two weeks.
The upcoming election has effectively forced Canadian broadcasters to scramble their Thursday night U.S. series lineup -- their biggest primetime advertising payday of the week -- on October 6 in their biggest TV market, Ontario.
CTV is sending ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy – Canada’s top-rated drama – to a pre-release at 7 p.m.
That in turn will force a planned broadcast of Charlie’s Angels on election night to Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
The rescheduling will enable CTV to air an Election 2011 news special from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Then, from 10 p.m., CTV will air CBS’ The Mentalist, as planned.
Global Television is set to remain with the Ontario election coverage until the new Ontario provincial leader wraps their victory speech.