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[02/27/06 - 12:00 AM]
Fast Facts for Sunday, February 26, 2006 (Based on Fast Affiliate Ratings)

[via press release from ABC]

Fast Facts for Sunday, February 26, 2006 (Based on Fast Affiliate Ratings)

Winning All 4 Sundays of the 2006 February Sweep in Adults 18-49, ABC Delivers a Decisive Win on the Final Sunday in Viewers and Young Adults

Excluding the Super Bowl and Academy Awards, ABC Marks its Most-Watched Sunday Since November 1999

ABC�s Season Finale of �Dancing with the Stars� and �Grey�s Anatomy� Rank as the Top 2 TV Programs on Sunday in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

�America�s Funniest Home Videos� Bests the Olympics Closing in Adults 18-49

Achieving the Series� Highest Numbers Ever, the Second Season Finale of �Dancing with the Stars� Draws Over 27 Million Viewers, Beating its Nearest Competitors from 8-10pm by 12.3 Million Viewers and by 110% in Adults 18-49

Growing Week to Week, ABC�s �Grey�s Anatomy� Draws More Viewers than NBC And CBS at 10pm Combined and Tops the Two Nets Together by 50% in Adults 18-49

Sunday Primetime (7:00-11:00 p.m.)

Winning each Sunday during the 2006 February Sweep in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic, ABC posted a dominant victory on the final night of the month in both viewers and young adults. ABC bested its nearest competitors on the evening by 8.2 million viewers (22.2 million vs. 14.0 million � NBC) and by 81% in Adults 18-49 (7.8/18 vs. 4.3/10 � Fox). NBC, with its coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies, actually finished in third place in Adults 18-49 on the night. ABC�s lineup gained young adult audience steadily throughout the night, winning each half-hour beginning at 8:00 p.m. in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. ABC was also the No. 1 network during Sunday�s primetime among Adults 25-54 (9.0/19), Adults 18-34 (6.5/17), Teens 12-17 (4.1/12) and Kids 2-11 (3.6/13).

� ABC�s season finale of �Dancing with the Stars� and �Grey�s Anatomy� stood as the Top 2 TV programs on Sunday among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

� Excluding the Super Bowl and Academy Awards, ABC attracted its largest Sunday audience since November 1999 � 11/7/99.

�America�s Funniest Home Videos� (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

ABC�s �America�s Funniest Home Videos� ranked second in its time period in Adults 18-49 (3.1/9) to Fox�s NASCAR coverage, beating the first hour of NBC�s Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies by 15% (2.7/8).

�Dancing with the Stars� (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Soaring from its lead-in and gaining audience throughout its telecast, ABC�s second season finale of �Dancing with the Stars� towered over its time period competition. In its 2-hour time period, the concluding installment of the ABC dance contest beat its nearest competition by 12.3 million viewers (27.1 million vs. 14.8 million - NBC) and by 110% in Adults 18-49 (8.6/19 vs. 4.1/9 � Fox). During the final half-hour, while Drew Lachey was announced the winner of the competition, the program attracted an average audience of 29.6 million viewers and a 9.8/21 in Adults 18-49.

� Marking the series� best numbers ever across the board, the second season finale of �Dancing with the Stars� surpassed its first season finale last summer (on 7/6/05) by4.7 million viewers (27.1 million vs. 22.4 million) and by 28% in Adults 18-49 (8.6/19 vs. 6.7/19).

� Excluding the Super Bowl and Oscar telecasts, �DWTS� attracted ABC�s biggest audience in the time period in more than 8 years � since 11/2/97.

�Grey�s Anatomy� (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC�s �Grey�s Anatomy� beat the combined deliveries of CBS and NBC in the hour among viewers and young adults. In its time period, �Grey�s� delivered a larger audience than NBC (Olympics Closing Ceremonies) and CBS (�CSI�) together in the hour (24.8 million vs. 24.6 million � NBC and CBS) and beat the two networks combined by 50% in Adults 18-49 (10.8/24 vs. 7.2/17 � NBC and CBS).

� �Grey�s Anatomy� was up from the prior week among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (24.4 million & 10.7/24 on 2/19/06).

Source: Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate Ratings, Live+SD) 2/26/06.





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· AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (ABC)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)











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