CTV's X-Factor: Go With ABC To Stay Number One

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With Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives back on its schedule, CTV is looking for new ABC shows like Pan Am, Man Up!, Once Upon A Time and Charlie's Angels to keep it the top-rated Canadian network.

TORONTO – Canadian broadcaster Bell Media has acquired 13 new Fall U.S. shows on Thursday for its CTV and CTV Two networks that has ABC written all over its schedules.

The top-rated Canadian broadcaster at the recent Los Angeles Screenings bought up the Sony Pictures Television slate: ABC’s Charlie’s Angels and Pan Am and CBS’ Unforgettable.

That gets CTV on Sunday night to Disney/ABC’s Once Upon a Time airing at 7 p.m., The Amazing Race returning in simulcast at 8 p.m., as is Desperate Housewives at 9 p.m., to be followed by the rookie Pan Am series at 10 p.m.

CTV also picked up from Disney/ABC the comedy Man Up! on CTV Two for Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., followed by The Protector, the Ally Walker-starring procedural drama at 9 p.m.

Relying on its bench strength that includes returning series like The Big Bang Theory, Dancing With the Stars and Grey’s Anatomy, CTV programmers felt ballsy enough to split the U.S. version of The X-Factor between its CTV and CTV Two networks.

CTV will air X-Factor’s performance show on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., followed by Hot in Cleveland at 9:30 p.m. and CSI at 10 p.m.

That enables CTV to sandwich the new Whitney comedy from NBC Universal on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. between Big Bang Theory at 8 p.m. and Grey’s Anatomy at 9 p.m.

The results show for X Factor will then air Thursday night on CTV Two network to boost the secondary network’s fortunes.

Also to bolster CTV Two, three perennial crime dramas from CTV will move over to the secondary network: Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami and Law & Order: SVU, all in simulcast.

Bell Media last season had to split American Idol episodes between CTV and CTV Two so the main CTV network could keep Big Bang Theory in its plum Thursday night slot.

Like Global Television, CTV programmers bought sparingly during their recent Hollywood shopping expedition, leaving third rival Rogers Media to do the big spending during the Canadian’s Hollywood shopping expedition to get away from its dependence on NBC shows.

Rookie series from Warner Bros., Disney/ABC, 20th Century Fox and CBS Television Studios that usually go to CTV or Global Television as part of long-standing output deals were instead picked up by Rogers Media on an open market not seen among the Canadian and their Hollywood deal-making for years.

For its 2012 mid-season campaign, Bell Media programmers picked up the Steven Spielberg-executive produced musical drama Smash from NBC Universal, and two ABC Studio shows, the dramedy G.C.B., and the Ashley Judd-starring drama Missing.

And day-time, CTV has acquired the Anderson Cooper talker Anderson for 5 p.m. weekdays on the main CTV network, and a 3 p.m. airing on CTV Two, just ahead of The Ellen Degeneres Show at 4 p.m.

Bell Media will pitch its new CTV and CTV Two Fall schedules to Canadian advertisers in Toronto on Thursday evening.