Primetime Ratings Report For the week of April 3-9, 2006
ABC Claims 2 of the Week�s Top 10 TV Shows in Adults 18-49
With �Lost� and �Grey�s Anatomy�
�Lost� is TV�s No. 1 Scripted Program on Wednesday on All 18 of its Original Telecasts This Season, Continuing to Grow Opposite Fox�s �American Idol� and
Defeating Fox�s �Unanimous� in Viewers and Young Adults to Win at 9:30pm
ABC�s �Lost� is Up for the Second Straight Week in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49,
While Posting the Series� Highest-Rated Telecast in 8 Weeks Among Adults 18-34
ABC�s �The Evidence� Takes Second Place in the 10 O�clock Hour in Adults 18-34
With Strong Build on its Lead and Throughout its Broadcast Thursday at 9pm, �American Inventor� Takes Second Place in its Hour to CBS� �C.S.I.� in Viewers and Improves the Time Slot for ABC by 6.3 Million Viewers and by 130% in Adults 18-49
ABC Delivers Its Best Friday Performance in Viewers and Adults 18-49 in 6 Weeks
Friday�s Special Repeat of �America�s Funniest Home Videos� at 9pm
Draws the Show�s Largest Audience in over 1 Year and
Highest Adults 18-49 Rating in Nearly 1 Year for Repeat Telecast
ABC News� �20/20� Beats NBC�s �Conviction�
by 1.7 Million Viewers and by 23% Among Adults 18-49
ABC Wins 11th Consecutive Sunday Among Adults 18-49, Despite
�Desperate Housewives� Taking off a Week and �Grey�s� Airing in Repeat
ABC�s 2-Hour �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� Surges Throughout its Telecast, Ranks No. 1 in Young Adults and Leads the Slot by 64% in Adults 18-49
Against Original Competition, ABC�s Replay �Grey�s Anatomy� Beats NBC�s �Crossing Jordan� by 2.2 Million Viewers and Tops NBC and CBS Combined in Adults 18-49
WEEK No. 29:
ABC took second place during the week of April 3, 2006 among Adults 18-34 (2.5/8-tie), Teens 12-17 (1.5/6-tie) and Kids 2-11 (1.4/6).
� Heading into the final 7 weeks of the 2005-06 TV Season, ABC has grown its primetime audience by 1.0 million viewers (11.2 million vs. 10.2 million) and by 8% in Adults 18-49 (4.1/11 vs. 3.8/10) over the same point a year ago. Additionally, ABC is the only network to improve its performance on either Nielsen measure this season. ABC�s increases are driven largely by its regular series programming, up by 11% in Total Viewers and by 8% in Adults 18-49 over its averages with regularly scheduled series programming at the same point last season.
Rankings: During the week of April 3, 2006, ABC claimed 3 of the week�s Top 15 TV shows in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic: �Lost� No. 5, �Grey�s Anatomy� � No. 8. and �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� � No. 11.
ABC earned second place on Wednesday evening in Adults 18-49 (4.2/11), defeating third-place NBC by 31% (3.2/9) and fourth-place CBS by 35% (3.1/8).
�George Lopez�/�Freddie� (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
ABC�s comedy block of �George Lopez� and �Freddie� built Adult 18-49 audience for the net during the 8 o�clock hour. Against stiff competition that included NBC�s �Deal or No Deal,� CBS� time period premiere of �Amazing Race� and Fox�s �Bones,� ABC�s �Freddie� grew from its �George Lopez� lead-in by 14% in Adults 18-49 (2.4/7 vs. 2.1/7).
�Lost� (9:00-10:05 p.m.)
Facing Fox�s �American Idol� results show during its first half-hour, ABC�s �Lost� jumped from its lead-in, saw its audience grow throughout its broadcast and continued beating Fox�s �Unanimous� at 9:30 p.m. to win in viewers and young adults. During the 9 o�clock hour, �Lost� (16.4 million & 6.9/17) overshadowed its drama competition in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, CBS� repeat �Criminal Minds� (9.5 million & 2.8/7) and NBC�s time period premiere of �Heist� (6.2 million & 1.8/4). �Lost� ranked No. 1 in its time slot, beating Fox�s �American Idol�/�Unanimous� combo among Men 18-34 (5.4/16) and Men 25-54 (7.1/17).
� Surging from its lead-in, �Lost� gained 2.1 million viewers (15.1 million to 17.2 million) and 14% in Adults 18-49 (6.3/15 to 7.2/17) from its first half-hour to its second half-hour. Winning from 9:30-10:00 p.m., �Lost� defeated second-place Fox�s �Unanimous� by 3.2 million viewers (17.2 million vs. 14.0 million) and by 16% in Adults 18-49 (7.1/17 vs. 6.1/15).
� �Lost� produced its strongest performance in 8 weeks among Adults 18-34 (6.2/17) � since 2/8/06. The ABC drama has built its Total Viewer and Adult 18-49 audience for two consecutive weeks, matching its strongest performance on both measures in 7 weeks � since 2/15/06.
� �Lost� ranked as TV�s No. 1 scripted program on Wednesday in viewers and young adults. The sophomore ABC drama has been the top-rated scripted program on Wednesday in all 18 of its original telecasts this season.
�The Evidence� (10:05-11:00 p.m.)
ABC�s �The Evidence� took second place during the 10 o�clock hour among Adults 18-34 (2.4/7).
� ABC�s �The Evidence� was up from the prior week among Women 18-34 (3.0/8), generating its highest rating yet.
�American Inventor� (9:00-10:01 p.m.)
At 9:00 p.m., �American Inventor� built on its lead-in by 2.2million viewers (9.2 million vs. 7.0 million) and by 68% among Adults 18-49 (3.7/9 vs. 2.2/6), finishing second in the hour among Total Viewers. �American Inventor� increased its audience by 1 million viewers (8.7 million to 9.7 million) and by 21% in Adults 18-49 (3.3/9 to 4.0/10).
� On average in its first four telecasts, �American Inventor� has improved the 9 o�clock hour for ABC by 6.3 million viewers (11.7 million vs. 5.4 million) and by 130% in Adults 18-49 (4.6/12 vs. 2.0/5), as compared the Net�s performance on the same nights last year.
Friday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC took second place on Friday night in Total Viewers (8.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.6/8). ABC posted its best performance on the night on both Nielsen measures in 6 weeks � since 2/24/06.
�America�s Funniest Home Videos� (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
A repeat of ABC�s �America�s Funniest Home Videos� took second place in the hour among Total Viewers (8.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.4/9).
�America�s Funniest Home Videos� (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
At 9:00 p.m., a special second rebroadcast episode of �America�s Funniest Home Videos� moved ABC to the top spot in the hour among Adults 18-49 (2.8/7 � tied with CBS� �Close to Home�).
� �America�s Funniest Home Videos� drew its largest audience (8.6 million) in over a year and highest Adults 18-49 rating (2.7/8) in nearly 1 year for a repeat telecast � 3/20/05 and 4/24/05, respectively.
�20/20� (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
During the 10 o�clock hour, ABC News� �20/20� finished second in its time period, beating NBC�s original �Conviction� by 1.7 million viewers (8.3 million vs. 6.6 million) and by 23% among Adults 18-49 (2.6/8 vs. 2.1/6).
Sunday Primetime (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
Although �Desperate Housewives� took a week off to make way for an extended �Home Edition� and �Grey�s Anatomy� went into repeat, ABC won its 11th consecutive Sunday in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic. During prime, ABC outdistanced its nearest competition (CBS) by 60% among Adults 18-49 (4.8/13 vs. 3.0/8). ABC led 3 of 4 hours of the evening among young adults. The Network also ranked No. 1 on Sunday among Adults 25-54 (5.3/13), Adults 18-34 (4.0/12), Teens 12-17 (2.8/10) and Kids 2-11 (2.3/10).
� ABC�s rebroadcast �Grey�s Anatomy� and 2-hour �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� qualified as the Top 2 TV programs on Sunday among Adults 18-49.
�America�s Funniest Home Videos� (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
Airing opposite CBS� high-rated Masters Golf Tournament overrun during the 7 o�clock hour, ABC�s �America�s Funniest Home Videos� took second place among Total Viewers (7.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.5/8).
�Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� (8:00-10:00 p.m.)
Building on its lead-in and gaining audience throughout its 2-hour broadcast, �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� moved ABC into the No. 1 position in the time period among Adults 18-49 (5.5/14). From 8:00-10:00 p.m., �Home Edition� beat its closest competitor (Fox) by 57% in Adults 18-49 (5.5/14 vs. 3.5/9).
� Versus the last time an original 2-hour installment of the program aired in the time period (on 12/11/05), �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� was up by 10% in Adults 18-49 (5.5/14 vs. 5.0/11).
� From its first half-hour to its final half-hour, �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� gained 5.7 million viewers (10.4 million to 16.1 million) and 64% in Adults 18-49 (4.2/12 to 6.9/16).
�Grey�s Anatomy� (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Opposite all-original competition during the 10 o�clock hour, a repeat telecast of ABC�s �Grey�s Anatomy� beat its closest competitor by 2.2 million viewers (13.6 million vs. 11.4 million � NBC�s
�Crossing Jordan�) and outperformed the combined deliveries of CBS and NBC by 9% in Adults 18-49 (5.9/15 vs. 5.4/13).
Source: Nielsen Media Research (Live+SD), week of 4/3/06, or as dated.