Record-Breaking Audiences for Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH |

Premiere episode on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network was most watched program in its timeslot and biggest documentary series premiere in network’s history. Interactive companion website engages thousands in first three weeks. New episode airs tonight at 9pm PT on Knowledge Network and online at

VANCOUVER, February 11, 2014 – Premiering on January 21st on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, the ground-breaking documentary series Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH has captured British Columbia’s attention since its debut, bringing in record breaking audiences for the public broadcaster. Viewers can watch the fourth episode tonight at 9pm PT on Knowledge Network and online at

The highly-talked about premiere episode of  Emergency Room had 192,000 (A2+) viewers tune in – making it the most watched program in its timeslot and the biggest documentary series premiere in the network’s history.*  The premiere episode of the series has had 120,748 video plays online at** The second and third episodes have continued to attract huge audiences across the province.

Providing an interactive platform for audiences to engage in thoughtful debate with the challenging issues examined in the series, the companion website has had tremendous traffic since its launch only a few weeks ago.

“The success of Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH has been nothing short of extraordinary. The huge number of British Columbians that have tuned into the television premiere - and come back for more - has exceeded all our expectations,” says Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of Knowledge Network. “And tens of thousands of those viewers have connected to Emergency Room: Life and Death’scompanion website to engage in discussion on the health care issues that matter the most to them. This is public service broadcasting at its best.”

The weekly Pulse questions posted on the series’ companion website, designed to create conversation around some of British Columbia’s most pressing health and social issues, have received thousands of responses to date – showcasing the high level of interest and engagement from viewers.

Questions and answers for the first round of Pulse questions include:

Q) Would you help your mother take her life if she were suffering from a terminal illness? 
A) 71 per cent said yes.

Q) Should you have the right to make decisions about your own life, if you were suffering from a terminal illness? 
A) 92 per cent said yes.

Q) Who would you want to help you take your life? 
A) 60% said a physician. 11% said family.

Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH is a ground-breaking, six episode documentary series set in Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency room. A dedicated medical team struggle around the clock against a never-ending onslaught of injuries, assaults and oddities. Triumphs are quickly celebrated, moments of levity are treasured and lost lives are silently mourned.  With unprecedented access to one of the busiest emergency rooms in British Columbia, this series imbeds the viewer at the epicenter of barely-controlled chaos. It’s gripping, heartbreaking and a totally unforgettable view of local heroes saving lives.

Catch episodes of Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH Tuesdays at 9pm PT on British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Episodes are also simulcast on the series’ interactive companion website at

*BBM Canada, AA, Primetime, 2+, BC/Alberta
**Google Analytics Jan 7/14 to Feb 10/14

Series Partners:

A viewer-supported public broadcaster, British Columbia’s Knowledge Network offers commercial-free creative documentaries, arts and culture, drama and children’s programs from British Columbia, Canada and around the world. Knowledge Network plays a vital role in supporting the independent production community in BC through the commissioning of broadcast and digital interactive content.

VCH is responsible for the delivery of $3 billion in community, hospital and residential care to more than one million people in communities including Richmond, Vancouver, the North Shore, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

Based in Vancouver, Lark Productions is a Canadian company in business to give exceptional homegrown talent a voice by developing and producing quality programming that has the potential to partner and travel internationally.

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