Early on Wednesday, CBC issued a release declaring that they were Canada’s top choice for election news on Monday. Not so fast, says CTV.

A spokesman for the private broadcaster messaged to says that CTV led election coverage for the night among conventional networks.

CTV’s coverage, led by anchor Lisa LaFlamme (above) drew 1.1 million viewers during the 10 pm ET hour as CTV News called a Liberal minority government. Across Bell networks, they further maintain, CTV News’ coverage of the Federal Election reached 8.4 million Canadians, more than any other broadcaster.

This contradicts CBC’s earlier claim that more Canadians turned to CBC News for election coverage than any other broadcaster. CBC’s take is that over two hours, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday on CBC’s main network combined with CBC News Network, an average minute audience of 1.434 million viewers were tallied by Numeris.

Narrowed to that one hour, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. window, as CTV would have it, CBC and CBC News Network had a combined 2+ average audience of 1,603,000, and CBC alone had a 2+ average audience of 1,035,000.

Who won, therfore, depends on where and how you slice it, but suffice to say that, like the actual election result, it was close.


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