CTV Renews Most-Watched Canadian Series of the Year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

Toronto — September 11, 2019

– Season 8 confirmed for the 2019/2020 broadcast year, with casting details to be announced –
– Following a record number of partners in Season 7, customized brand partnership opportunities available for Season 8 –
– Season 7 of Canada’s most-watched summer series sees biggest audience in four years –

TORONTO (September 11, 2019) – On the heels of the Season 7 finale last night, CTV today announced that THE AMAZING RACE CANADA has been renewed for an eighth season, welcoming a new group of racers to the starting line when it returns in 2020. An average audience of more than 1.9 million viewers tuned in weekly to THE AMAZING RACE CANADA this summer on CTV, making it not only the most-watched series of the summer but also the top Canadian series of the 2018/19 broadcast year.

Hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery, casting details for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will be announced soon, and brand integration opportunities for Season 8 are now available.

“Growing its audience to the largest in four years, while claiming the top spot among Canadian series for the year, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA just keeps getting bigger,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “CTV is proud to be the home of the #1 Canadian series, and we’re looking forward to working with our partners at Insight Productions on Season 8.”

With final data of the complete season to be reported in the coming weeks, season-to-date THE AMAZING RACE CANADA drew larger audiences in Season 7 than the previous year among total viewers and in all key demos, seeing double-digit growth with A18-34 (+38%) and A18-49 (+12%). The series was the most-watched summer program for an incredible seventh year in-a-row among the key A25-54 demographic.

The current season of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is streaming on CTV.ca and the CTV app, and will join the all-new Crave, along with previous seasons of the series, on Friday, Sept. 13.

THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV. John Brunton is Executive Producer and Mark Lysakowski is Executive Producer and Showrunner. For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Randy Lennox is President. 

Source: Source: Numeris, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Season 7: July 2, 2019 – August 27, 2019 vs. THE AMAZING RACE CANADA Season 6. Rankings based on commercial stations only.

About Bell Media Original Productions

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include critically acclaimed drama CARDINAL; record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; comedy series JANN; culinary series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. New medical drama TRANSPLANT, mystery drama ALBEDO, and documentary series POP EVOLUTION join CTV’s lineup of Canadian original programs. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are CTV Sci-Fi Channel’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CTV Drama Channel’s mystery dramedy CARTER; CTV Comedy Channel’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave Original hit comedy LETTERKENNY, upcoming mockumentary NEW EDEN, and apocalyptic new original comedy series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and original series DISASTERS AT SEA, in addition to new special MAKE IT TO THE MOON, among others. 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.

About Insight Productions
Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and top-rated programs in the world including the multi-award winning THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian summer show on record (for which Mark Lysakowski serves as the Executive Producer and Showrunner alongside Executive Producer John Brunton), BIG BROTHER CANADA, THE 2020 JUNO AWARDS, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION and original formats including THE LAUNCH and BATTLE OF THE BLADES. Insight’s scripted programming includes award-winning READY OR NOT, FALCON BEACH, HATCHING, MATCHING & DISPATCHING, A CHRISTMAS FURY, BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO!, THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW and feature documentaries HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD and GORDON LIGHTFOOT: IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND. In 2017, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.  For more information on Insight Productions, please visit www.insighttv.com or on Twitter @insightprod or Facebook www.facebook.com/InsightProductions.

About CTV

CTV is Canada’s #1 television brand. CTV provides unparalleled entertainment programming across two broadcast television networks; a powerful suite of specialty channels including CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Drama Channel, CTV Life Channel, and CTV Sci-Fi Channel; and digital platforms CTV.ca, CTV Throwback, CTV Movies, and the CTV app. CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 18 years in a row and features a wide range of sports and information programming, including CTV News, Canada’s highest-rated national and local newscasts. CTV comes from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and out-of-home advertising.

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