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English Canada Arrested by the Debut of Bravo's 19-2

− Premiere episode was the most-watched Canadian original series debut on Bravo since THE BORGIAS -
− With close to 900,000 viewers, CTV encore is the most-watched Canadian drama debut since last year's MOTIVE -
− Episode 2, "Deer," premieres Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo -
− #19Two was trending on Twitter in Canada on Wednesday -

"It's the most authentically gritty Canadian drama to come knocking in long time."
- Amber Dowling, TV Guide Canada

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TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The premiere episode of Bravo's new original series 19-2 has shot straight to the heart of English Canada viewers as the adaptation of the hit Québec drama debuted to impressive numbers on Bravo and CTV Wednesday and Thursday. The two premieres delivered an impressive cumulative audience of 1.1 million viewers in total. The episode is available now on Bravo.ca, and the Bravo GO app.

Last night's one-time-only broadcast on CTV saw the series introduced to a preliminary overnight audience of 872,000 viewers, making it the most-watched conventional debut of a Canadian drama series since MOTIVE in Feb. 2013. 19-2 was the third most-watched drama Thursday night on Canadian television in total viewers and all key adult demos, following SAVING HOPE (1.35 million) and ELEMENTARY (1.19 million).

On Bravo, Wednesday night's premiere of 19-2 drew 140,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Canadian original series debut on the channel since THE BORGIAS in 2010. The debut grew Bravo's 9 p.m. timeslot by 70% among A25-54 and 82% for A18-49.* Canadians were abuzz with anticipation for the series, as the hashtag #19Two began trending on Twitter on Wednesday.

"We are delighted that 19-2 has started off so strong on Bravo, and has been sampled by so many on CTV," said Catherine MacLeod, Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media House Production. "As the plot deepens with each new episode, viewers will be treated to many unexpected developments, which is why this series has become addictive television in Québec. English Canada has no idea what's in store for them next."

** Media Note ** Photography is available online at BellmediaPR.ca/Bravo

In next week's episode entitled "Deer," (Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on Bravo) a showdown between rival street gangs goes terribly wrong, leaving Ben's (Jared Keeso) life in danger. Squad 19 gathers at Marie's for the Sergeant's party and Isabelle (Maxim Roy) discovers Nick (Adrian Holmes) may have feelings for someone else.

19-2 is co-produced by Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Jocelyn Deschênes and Carolyn Newman from Sphère Média Plus and Luc Châtelain from Echo Media. 19-2 is an English-adaptation of the hit Québec series from the creators and stars of the original, Réal Bossé and Claude Legault and director Podz. Executive Producer Bruce Smith (DURHAM COUNTY) also acts as showrunner and writer. Jesse Mckeown (DAVINCI'S INQUEST, ROGUE) and Virginia Rankin are co-executive producers. Directors are Louis Choquette, who also directed the series' pilot episode, and Érik Canuel. Production Executives for Bell Media are Gosia Kamela and Tom Hastings. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production. Phil King is President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

*compared to average timeslot audience, this broadcast year-to-date
Source: BBM Canada, overnight vs. overnight

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Jared Keeso on Twitter

About Bravo
Bravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca.


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