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ET Canada Hits a High Note with Viewers on New Year’s Eve

Over 4.2 million Canadians tuned in to the live broadcast to ring in the New Year

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Keith Urban performs at ET Canada's New Year's Eve at Niagara Falls (CNW Group/Entertainment Tonight Canada)
Keith Urban performs at ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls (CNW Group/Entertainment Tonight Canada)

TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2015 /CNW/ – ET Canada‘s New Year’s Eve at Niagara Falls garnered an audience of over 4.2 million* viewers (2+, National) at 12am with a 29%* increase over last year making it the number one program at the stroke of midnight in Canada on January 1. The highest rated ET Canada New Year’s Eve broadcast ever**, the show garnered an overall audience of over 1.5 million*** viewers (2+, National) during its two and a half hour broadcast onGlobal seeing a 30%**** growth in audience compared to last year. The 6th annual coast-to-coast countdown show anchored by powerhouse hosts Cheryl Hickey, Rick Campanelli and Sangita Patel had a total reach of over 8.6 million***** viewers (2+, National).

“Wow, what a night! ET Canada proved once again why it is the nation’s powerhouse entertainment program by delivering a seamless show that went unrivalled by any other live Canadian program,” said Phil Piazza Vice President, Content Acquisitions, Global TV Programming & Entertainment Tonight Canada, Shaw Media. “From Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman sharing a midnight kiss, to a worldwide exclusive performance by Nick Jonasand Shawn Mendes singing ‘Lean on Me’, there were so many incredible highlights from the night too long to list.”

Broadcast live from the world renowned natural wonder, over 60,000 revellers congregated at the falls to support the annual event and ring in the new year with ET Canada. Despite the chilly temperatures, the electrifying performances by Keith Urban, Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes and Lights set the crowd on fire as they had partygoers singing along to hit after hit. Nickelback also gave a preview of their Rdio Session at the Orange Lounge scheduled to air January 5 onET Canada. Show sponsors Special K, Las Vegas, Hershey’s Kisses, Fitbit and Rdio capitalized on the excitement with on-air and online elements throughout the show to keep viewers entertained.

The official show hashtag #ETCanadaNYE took the coveted spot of the number one trending topic in Canada the night of the event with droves of viewers tweeting about the show well into January 1. Fans also crowned Property Brothers,Drew and Jonathan Scott, as 2014’s Star of the Year as announced live on the broadcast after the final votes were tallied for the 64 celebrities listed in the poll.

ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30pm ET/PT on Global and viewers can visit etcanada.com to catch up on special episodes and all the latest in entertainment news.

* Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Dec 31/13 vs. Dec 31/14 12:00AM-12:01AM (Ind2+), Total Canada
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Dec 31/2009-2014 (Ind2+), Total Canada
*** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Dec 31/14, Total Canada
**** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Dec 31/13 vs. Dec 31/14, Total Canada
***** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data CumRch(000), Dec 31/14, Total Canada

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About Entertainment Tonight Canada
Entertainment Tonight Canada is the nation’s entertainment powerhouse delivering in depth and breaking up-to-the minute celebrity, film, television and music news both on-air and online. Together with celebrity news trailblazerEntertainment Tonight, ET Canada delivers the Most Watched Hour of Entertainment News to Canadians every night, every week, coast to coast. Hosted by Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli, ET Canada is produced by Shaw Media for Global Television in association with Paramount Domestic Television. Jodie Davis serves as Executive Producer.

About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada’s largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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