− Sunday’s premiere event delivered the most-watched series audience ever on Canadian specialty TV –
− STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s launch on CraveTV becomes the service’s biggest series debut ever −
− Episode 3 premieres on Space this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and streams on Crave TV the following day at 8 p.m. ET –
“Faithful to the original universe, fresh enough to capture a new audience…the new STAR TREK is the science fiction the world needs right now.” Vice.com
TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2017 /CNW/ – Sunday night’s must-see TV event – the two-part debut of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – has smashed the ratings record books in Canada on specialty television and SVOD:
- So far, more than 1.17 million viewers have tuned into the premiere episode on Space, making it the most-watched specialty series on record.
- That record was quickly broken by Episode 2, immediately following on Space, with the audience growing 5% to more than 1.2 million viewers to date. Episode 2 is now the most-watched series broadcast on Canadian specialty on record.
- On CraveTV, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY‘s debut ranks as the biggest ever for the streaming service.
- Including the simulcast on CTV, nearly 2.2 million viewers have watched the premiere episode to date, making it the third most-watched series debut on Canadian television this season.
Leading up to the premiere, Space’s flagship entertainment series INNERSPACE pulled in 863,000 viewers with their STAR TREK: DISCOVERY countdown special. Hosted by certified “Trekkies” Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, INNERSPACE continues their coverage of the series every Monday at 7 p.m. ET, following each new episode of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.
New episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Space, and begin streamingMonday nights at 8 p.m. ET on CraveTV.
In Episode 3 of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY “Context is For Kings” (Sunday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Space), Burnham finds herself aboard the U.S.S. Discovery where she quickly realizes things are not as they seem, including the mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs).
STAR TREK, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and for one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’sSecret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers. The series will air on CBS All Access in the U.S. and be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries.
To download STAR TREK: DISCOVERY photography, please visit: http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/tv/space/star-trek/.
Bell Media has also licensed all 727 existing episodes of the STAR TREK television library – which includes STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.
The STAR TREK television library airs on Space (in English) and on Cinépop (in French), and is available now on CraveTV.
Source: Numeris, Preliminary Data, Live + 3 Days Playback
Space is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series, and its flagship, daily entertainment talk show INNERSPACE. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, PHILIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS and THE EXPANSE. Space content is always available at Space.ca, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.