February 24, 2009 / 5:08 AM / 10 years ago

Canada's Citytv stations in league with Leno

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media has acquired NBC Universal’s Jay Leno primetime talk show to air on its Citytv-branded TV stations beginning in the fall.

Leno’s new series will air at 10 p.m. weeknights — the same time it airs south of the border — on Citytv’s free, over-the-air stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. “The Tonight Show” with new host Conan O’Brien will remain on the rival A-Channel stations run by CTVglobemedia at 11:35 p.m.

Rogers Media, like other broadcasters on both sides of the border, has struggled in recent years with U.S. network dramas in the 10 p.m. slot. Few rookie U.S. dramas scheduled at that time have clicked with Canadian viewers. The most popular U.S. series on Canadian TV — such as “American Idol,” “Survivor” and “CSI” — air earlier in primetime.

Citytv stations have filled the 10 p.m. slot with reality series — “The Bachelor,” “I Love Money” and “Hell’s Kitchen” — and NBC’s “Crusoe” on Friday nights.

Leno’s weeknight talk show will be followed by Citytv’s late-night newscast at 11 p.m., and then “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 p.m.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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