Flashpoint finale gets post-Super Bowl slot on CTV

From a media release:

CTV Schedules FLASHPOINT’s Shocking Season Finale in Post-SUPER BOWL XLV Timeslot, Sunday, Feb. 6

  • Someone’s life changes forever in cliff-hanger finale
  • Victor Garber (ALIAS) guest stars as an elite military psychologist with an agenda

It’s the most-coveted timeslot in prime time television. CTV announced today its international hit series FLASHPOINT will conclude its third season with a shocking season finale immediately following SUPER BOWL XLV (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers) in all markets on Sunday, Feb. 6. In the gripping cliff-hanger episode, Canada’s favourite TV cop unit is threatened like never before as the fate of Team One and the life of one their own hangs in the balance. The season finale guest stars renowned actor Victor Garber (ALIAS, ELI STONE) as an elite military psychologist who sets his sights on destroying Team One.

The scheduling comes following a remarkable mid-season run on Tuesday nights this Winter, where FLASHPOINT has won the 10 p.m. timeslot on CTV against new simulcasts of THE GOOD WIFE (Global/CBS) for two weeks in a row. Premiering with 1.7 million viewers on Jan. 4, the series has seen impressive double digit growth (15-24%) in the three, key adult demos compared to last season, and series’ high audiences among A18-34.

Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was watched by more than 6 million viewers on CTV. CTV’s SUPER BOWL coverage kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 6 with the pre-game, followed by SUPER BOWL XLV at 6 p.m. ET.

In the shocking season finale “Fault Lines” (Sunday, Feb. 6 at approx. 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on CTV), Team One grapples with life and death choices and tough decisions that leave viewers wondering if the team will ever be the same again. Dr. Larry Toth (guest star Victor Garber), a military psychologist and ‘team-breaker’, peers inside the heads of Team One individually, exposing deep secrets and faults. With the fate of the Team hanging in the balance, Ed’s (Hugh Dillon) wife Sophie (Janaya Stephens) goes into labour, Parker’s (Enrico Colantoni) leadership is questioned, Spike (Sergio Di Zio) and Wordy (Michael Cram) stare down the barrel of a life outside the SRU, and Sam (David Paetkau) and Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) must confront whether they’re willing to give up the job for each other. As Parker waits to hear the fate of his team, a devastating call comes into the station, involving one of his own.

Leading up to the finale, new episodes of FLASHPOINT continue to air in its regular mid-season timeslot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. Set to return to CBS this summer, CTV’s FLASHPOINT is also licensed in more than 100 territories worldwide, including RTL2 in Germany, Canal Plus in France and Veronica in the Netherlands.

FLASHPOINT’s success in 2010 was highlighted by two GEMINI Award wins including Best Direction in a Dramatic Series (David Frazee) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Michael Riley), as well as 15 GEMINI nominations. In June, FLASHPOINT picked up four nominations at the 2010 Monte Carlo Television Festival which recognizes International Television success. The series also won a 2010 ACTRA Award and two 2010 PRISM Award Commendations. With new Season 3 episodes averaging 1.56 million viewers last Fall, FLASHPOINT was the #1 prime time program on Friday nights with all key demos.

One of the most streamed programs on CTV.ca, new episodes of FLASHPOINT are available on demand the day following their television broadcast on the CTV Video Player at CTV.ca. Viewers can also catch up on all previous episodes at CTV.ca and at popular download stores.