NBC replaces 'The Listener'

Replaces Canadian import with 'Law and Order'

TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CTV is to continue airing "The Listener" on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. as NBC replaces the Canadian import with "Law and Order" repeats beginning on July 30.

A CTV spokesman on Thursday said new episodes of the Shaftesbury Films drama will continue to air Thursday nights on CTV and at 7 p.m. on Space, a sci-fi cable channel.

NBC is to stream the last five episodes of the Canadian import about a telepathic paramedic on NBC.com in August.

The Canadian audience numbers for "The Listener" have been stronger than ratings on NBC, where the drama last Thursday posted a disappointing 0.7 rating and 2 share among adults 18-49.

The average CTV audience for "The Listener" since its June 4 bow has been 981,000 viewers, in a market where 1 million viewers represents a prime time hit.

Last Thursday's episode brought in 793,000, putting it in 16th place among the top 20 most-watched programs in Canadian prime time this summer.

The Canadian drama is being sold outside North America by ShineReveille International.

Fox International Channels acquired the international cable and satellite TV rights to "The Listener" after NBC snagged the U.S. rights in early 2008.