[12/20/05 - 12:00 AM]
Primetime Ratings Report for the Week of December 12-18, 2005

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of December 12-18, 2005

ABC Earns Second Place During the Week in Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC is the Only Net to Grow its Adult 18-49 Audience this Season

ABC Tops Monday Evening among Viewers and All Adult Demos, The No. 1 Net on the Night in Adults 18-49 for 7 Weeks in a Row

�Wife Swap� Wins its Monday Time Period Adults 18-49, Improving the Hour For ABC this Season by Nearly 3 Million Viewers and by 88% in Adults 18-49

On Tuesday, �According to Jim� Matches its Top Adult 18-49 Number in the Half-hour this Season, While a Special Airing of �Hope & Faith� Draws the Series� Largest Audience since February and Strongest Adult 18-49 Rating since January

ABC�s �Freddie� Wins its Wednesday Time Period Across the Key Adult Demographics, Building on its Lead-in on Each of the Series� 9 Telecasts

With an Encore Airing of Disney�s �The Santa Clause,� ABC Produces its Strongest Thursday Numbers since February in Viewers and Young Adults

ABC�s Second Replay this Season of �A Charlie Brown Christmas� Wins the Friday 8 O�clock Hour among Adults 18-34 and Kids 2-11

With a Rebroadcast of �The Sound of Music,� ABC is The Most-Watched Network on Saturday Evening

WEEK No. 13:

During the week of December, 12, 2005, ABC took second place in viewers (8.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/8-tie). Much of the Network�s lineup was in repeat during the week, including �Lost,� �Desperate Housewives� and �Grey�s Anatomy.�

� Through 13 complete weeks this season, ABC is the only net to deliver an increase in its Adult 18-49 audience from the same point a year ago (+5% - 4.0/11 vs. 3.8/10). Each of the other broadcasters are either down (CBS, NBC, Fox and WB) or flat (UPN) in the key young adult demographic. ABC is also up by the greatest degree among the nets in Total Viewers (+6% - 10.8 million vs. 10.2 million).

Rankings: ABC�s aired 3 of the Top 20 programs of the week in Adults 18-49: �NFL Monday Night Football� � No. 5 and Sunday repeats of �Desperate Housewives� and �Grey�s Anatomy� tied at No. 17. �MNF� ranked as the No. 1 program of the week in Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.


ABC was the No. 1 network on Monday evening among Total Viewers (12.5 million) and in each of the adult demographics: AD18-34 (4.1/12), AD18-49 (4.6/13) and AD25-54 (5.2/13).

� ABC has ranked No. 1 on Monday evening among Adults 18-49 on 14 of the last 15 weeks, including 7 consecutive weeks. In addition, ABC has now led the night in Adults 18-34 for 9 straight weeks, its longest Monday winning streak in at least 14 years � the Nielsen electronic database begins in September 1991.

�Wife Swap� (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

ABC�s �Wife Swap� ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.1/9) and Adults 18-34 (2.9/9-tie).

� �Wife Swap� is delivering strong improvement to the time period for the Network. Compared to ABC�s delivery last season in the slot with regular programming during the run of �Monday Night Football,� �Wife Swap� has grown the hour for the Network by 2.9 million viewers (7.7 million vs. 4.8 million) and by 88% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/8 vs. 1.6/5).

�Monday Night Football: New Orleans at Atlanta� (9:07 p.m. � 12:22 a.m.)

ABC�s coverage of the �NFL Monday Night Football� game, featuring the New Orleans Saints against the Atlanta Falcons, attracted an average audience of 13.6 million viewers and a 5.1 rating, 15 share among Adults 18-49. It was a fairly one-sided game after halftime, with Atlanta beating New Orleans by a final score of 36-17.

� ABC�s �MNF� ranked as the No. 1 TV show of the evening among Adults 18-34 (4.5/12) and Adults 18-49 (5.1/15).


�According to Jim� (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

In the 8:00 p.m. half-hour, ABC�s �According to Jim� finished second in both Total Viewers (7.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/8). The family comedy equaled its highest Adults 18-49 performance in the time period this season.

�Hope & Faith� (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

A special Tuesday telecast of �Hope & Faith� drew the series� largest audience (8.0 million) in 10 months and strongest Adults 18-49 delivery in 11 months � since 2/18/05 and 1/14/05, respectively.

�Boston Legal� (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

�Boston Legal� was up from the prior week in both Total Viewers (9.9 million vs. 9.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.1/8 vs. 2.6/7).


�George Lopez� (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

ABC�s �George Lopez� led its half-hour in Total Viewers, among Women 18-49 (2.9/8) and Women 25-54 (3.3/9). In addition, the family comedy outdrew its comedy competition in the time period, �That �70s Show,� by 1.1 million viewers (7.2 million vs. 6.1 million).

�Freddie� (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

Freshman comedy �Freddie� ranked No. 1 in its time period across each of the key Adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (2.4/8), Adults 18-49 (3.0/9) and Adults 25-54 (3.4/9). The series beat Fox�s comedy, �Stacked,� at 8:30pm by 3.2 million viewers (7.5 million vs. 4.3 million) and by 58% among Adults 18-49 (3.0/9 vs. 1.9/6).

� �Freddie� has built on its lead-in across the adult demographics on all 9 of the series� telecasts: AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54.


With its rebroadcast of the �Wonderful World of Disney: The Santa Clause,� ABC drew its largest audience (8.8 million) and equaled its highest Adults 18-49 (2.9/8) performance on the night since February � since 2/24/05, non-sports.

� From 8:00-10:00 p.m., �The Wonderful World of Disney: The Santa Clause� drew the franchise�s largest audience (10.0 million) in nearly a year and strongest Adults 18-49 delivery (3.4/9) in over two years � since 2/23/04 and 9/27/03, respectively.


�A Charlie Brown Christmas� (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

A second rebroadcast of the 40th Anniversary of �A Charlie Brown Christmas� drew 8.6 million viewers and a 2.7 rating, 9 share among Adults 18-49. The animated special won its hour among Adults 18-34 (1.9/8) and Kids 2-11 (4.7/15).


ABC qualified as the most-watched network (8.4 million) on Saturday evening with a rebroadcast of �The Sound of Music.� With the �ABC Saturday Movie of the Week,� the Net also ranked No. 1 on the night among Women 18-49 (3.0/10) and Women 25-54 (3.7/11).

Source: Nielsen Media Research, week of 12/12/05, or as dated.

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