ION Ranks #9 Among All Cable Networks for the Night;

“Flashpoint Alert” Becomes Network’s Most Successful Contest Ever

NEW YORK – October 20, 2011 – ION Television’s new original series “Flashpoint” contributes to the network’s highest-rated night of the season, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

The “Flashpoint” network premiere at 10pm ET/PT delivered 1.3 million total viewers, 949,000 households, and 589,000 viewers among A18-49. ION Television also ranked #9 among all cable networks for the night.

ION Television’s website and social networking sites also experienced record numbers with the launch of “Flashpoint.” “Flashpoint Alert,” ION’s online contest that provided fans a chance to win cash prizes by scheduling the premiere episode onto their digital calendars, received over 102,000 entries in just four weeks – marking the network’s most successful contest ever.

Starring Hugh Dillon (Durham County), Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars), Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) and David Paetkau (Whistler), “Flashpoint” is the nail-biting cop drama and an emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of police in the Strategic Response Unit. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they are trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the subject's head to understand the emotional breaking point (the "flashpoint") that triggered the crisis.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, 9/26/11-10/18/11, 8-11pm Live+SD data

About ION Television

ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel.  Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming.  Since its recent launch in 2008, ION’s reach has grown to 99 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time.  For more information, visit www.iontelevision.com.

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Christina Gilmartin, ION Media Networks