Quick Take for Tuesday, September 20, 2005 (Based on Fast Affiliate Ratings)
The Fifth Season Opener of �According to Jim� Attracts ABC�s Largest Audience in the Time Period in Over 8 Months, Placing Second in the Half-hour
Gaining Audience Throughout its Broadcast, ABC�s Special �Dancing with the Stars: Dance-Off� Posts the Net�s Top Non-Sports Audience in the Time Slot Since March
Tuesday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)
Facing season premieres and season finales on the other networks, ABC�s special Tuesday lineup delivered its largest non-sports audience (9.0 million) on the night in over 6 months � since 3/8/05. Next Tuesday (9/27/05) ABC will air the series debut of �Commander In Chief,� followed by the season opener of �Boston Legal� from 9:00-11:00 p.m.
�According to Jim� (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
In its fifth season premiere, ABC�s �According to Jim� earned second place in its new 8:00 p.m. time period among Total Viewers (7.9 million).
� �According to Jim� produced ABC�s largest audience (7.9 million) in the time slot in over 8 months and its top Adult 18-49 number (2.4/7) in more than 6 months � since 1/11/05 and 3/8/05, respectively.
�Dancing with the Stars: Dance Off� (8:30-10:00 p.m.)
ABC�s special �Dancing with the Stars: Dance-Off� drew an average audience of 10.8 million viewers, the Net�s biggest non-sports audience in the time period since March � since 3/1/05. Although the show faced stiff competition for young adults, �Dance-Off� equaled ABC�s top non-sports Adult 18-49 delivery (2.8/7) in the time period in 6 months � since 3/29/05.
� Building on its lead-in, �Dancing with the Stars: Dance-Off� gained audience throughout its 90-minute telecast. From start to finish, the show�s audience grew by 2.5 million viewers (9.4 million to 11.9 million) and by 20% in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7 to 3.0/7). The results of the �Dancing with the Stars: Dance-Off� will be announced during its conclusion on Thursday night (9/22/05).
Source: NTI (Fast Affiliate Ratings) 9/20/05.