Motive premieres to 1.23 million viewers

From a media release:

Canadian Viewers Find their MOTIVE: New Canadian Series Debuts with 1.23 Million Viewers

  • #1 Canadian Series Premiere of the Broadcast Season
  • Encore episode of MOTIVE airs tonight on CTV Two at 10 p.m. ET/PT

It was another touchdown for CTV’s original programming slate last night as, despite an 11p.m. ET start time, 1.23 million viewers tuned in for the post-SUPER BOWL premiere of its new original drama series MOTIVE. The debut becomes the #1 Canadian series premiere of the 2012/13 broadcast year. With 4.2 million viewers tuning in to some or all of the new Canadian crime drama, MOTIVE tackled its competition by more than doubling ELEMENTARY’s audience head-to-head (548,000; Global), and kicked off its debut season as the most-watched program of the night, next to the SUPER BOWL. Following a massive promotion and publicity campaign, MOTIVE held steady throughout the delayed broadcast and scored big among both men and women, with a 6.5 rating for M18-34 in Toronto and a 5.2 rating for F18-34 in Vancouver.

An encore presentation of last night’s premiere episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two, and on Saturday, Feb 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV in addition to the CTV Mobile channel. MOTIVE is also currently available on demand across CTV’s digital platforms:, the CTV App, and through video on demand partners. Next week, MOTIVE settles into its regular time slot with an all-new episode, entitled “Crimes of Passion” (Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV). When a teenaged girl is killed in a hit-and-run accident, the first clues point Detectives Flynn (Kristin Lehman) and Vega (Louis Ferreira) toward the girl’s disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Passion is a strong enough motive for murder, but Angie believes the boyfriend is innocent. She takes a different tack, which reveals a connection between the victim and an eminent prosecutor in the midst of a mayoral campaign. Turns out that passion may well be the motive, and the underpinning of a secret double life. MOTIVE is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media.


3 thoughts on “Motive premieres to 1.23 million viewers”

  1. Well that’s sort of true but Murdoch mysteries debut with PVR was 1.34 so lets wait and see

  2. Watched Motive and was not impressed. Seems a bit contrived – too easy. The evidence was secondary. And there was flashback overkill!!
    Not impressed.

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