[05/18/10 - 10:59 AM]
ABC Finishes No. 2 to CBS for the 2nd Straight Week in Total Viewers
ABC spins the numbers for the week of May 10-16.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of May 10, 2010 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Finishes No. 2 to CBS for the 2nd Straight Week in Total Viewers While Delivering 5 of the Week's Top 15 TV Programs in Adults 18-49

Up for the 3rd Straight Week, ABC Generates Its Most-Watched Non-Oscar Week in 4 Months

"DWTS" is No. 1 in its Slot in Viewers and Adults 18-49 for the 8th Week in a Row

"Castle" Gains Year to Year, Bettering its Season Finale on the Year-Ago Night

ABC is Up on Tuesday Year to Year for the 6th Time in 7 Weeks, While Posting its Highest Adult 18-49 Rating on the Night in 6 Weeks

Up for its 3rd Straight Original, "Lost" Draws its Biggest Audience in 3 Months

"V" Makes ABC the Only Major Net Up in the Hour Year to Year in Adults 18-49

ABC's Self-Starter "The Middle" Marks its Most-Watched Telecast in 3 Months

Hitting a Series High Opposite "Idol," ABC's "Modern Family" is Wednesday's No. 1 Scripted TV Show for its 11th Straight Original Telecast in Adults 18-49

"Cougar Town" Grows its Audience Week to Week in Viewers and Young Adults

"Grey's" Dominates its Hour in Adults 18-49 with its Best Number in 9 Weeks

Hitting a 3-Month High in Viewers and Young Adults, the 3rd-Season Finale Of ABC's "Private Practice" Finishes No. 1 in the 10pm Hour in Adults 18-49

Holding All of its Week-Ago Premiere Numbers, ABC's "What Would You Do?" Defeats All-Original Time-Slot Competition on CBS, NBC and Fox in Adults 18-49

"20/20" Dominates its Time Period and Stands as Friday's Most-Watched TV Show

ABC Marks its Top Sunday with a Regular Programming Since Early January

ABC's "AFV" Wins its Slot in Adults 18-49 for the 4th Time in 5 Telecasts

Season Finales of "Home Edition," "Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" Each Close Out at 4-Month Highs with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

WEEK No. 34:

During the week of May 10, 2010, ABC took second place to CBS in Total Viewers (8.6 million) for the 2nd consecutive week, and for the 5th week running finished No. 2 to Fox in Adults 18-34 (1.9/7).

· Increasing its overall audience for the 3rd week in a row, ABC produced its most-watched non-Oscar week in over 4 months - since w/o 1/4/10.

Rankings: ABC aired 5 of the week's Top 15 TV programs in Adults 18-49: "Modern Family" - No. 6, "Dancing with the Stars" and "Lost" tied at No. 8, "Desperate Housewives" - No. 11 and "Grey's Anatomy" - No. 12. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" finished as the third-most-watched TV show overall for the week, nearly tying "American Idol-TUE" for No. 2, as just 11k viewers separated the two shows. ABC News delivered TV's Top 2 newsmagazines for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 with "Primetime: What Would You Do?" and "20/20."

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 36% currently, from 31% at the same point in 2009. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.


ABC was most-watched TV network for the 2nd straight Monday of the May Sweep (16.5 million), ranking No. 1 on the evening for the 8th consecutive week. The Net earned a strong second during prime in Adults 18-49 (3.5/10) to CBS, beating Fox by 9% (3.2/9) and NBC by 119% (1.6/4). ABC was up week to week in viewers and young adults, while building its overall audience from the year-ago Monday for the 7th time in 8 weeks.

"Dancing with the Stars" (8:00-10:02 p.m.)

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" took first place in its time period in Total Viewers (19.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.1/12-tied) and qualified as Monday's most-watched television series for the 8th week in a row. Opposite stiff original sweep competition in its time period on CBS ("How I Met Your Mother"/"Rules of Engagement"/"Two and a Half Men"/"Big Bang Theory") and Fox ("House"/"24"), the ABC unscripted series grew in each half-hour, gaining 3.0 million viewers (17.0 million to 20.2 million) and 26% in Adults 18-49 (3.5/10 to 4.4/11) from start to finish.

"Castle" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

ABC's "Castle" ranked second in its time slot to CBS' veteran "CSI: Miami" in Total Viewers (10.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.5/7). "Castle" was up over its Season Finale performance on the year-ago night (5/11/09), when it also had a "DWTS" lead-in, among Total Viewers (+9% - 10.9 million vs. 10.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+5% - 2.5/7 vs. 2.4/7). The ABC drama pulled in its biggest audience in 4 weeks - since 4/12/10.


With its Tuesday lineup of "DWTS the Results Show," "Lost" and "V," ABC continued to deliver strong year-to-year improvement, as the Net was up over the same Tuesday last year for the 6th time in 7 weeks. ABC's numbers grew substantially over the same Tuesday a year ago (5/12/09), also a night of all-original programming, jumping by 1.9 million viewers (9.6 million vs. 7.7 million) and by 58% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/8 vs. 1.9/5).

· ABC was also up week to week for the 2nd Tuesday in a row with viewers and young adults, tying its top Adult 18-49 number in 6 weeks - since 3/30/10.

"DWTS the Results Show" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Once again boosting its new earlier 8 o'clock time slot for ABC against Fox's "American Idol," ABC's "DWTS the Results Show" outdrew NBC's time-period veteran, "The Biggest Loser," by 4.9 million viewers (12.5 million vs. 7.6 million). Actress Niecy Nash was the 7th celebrity dancer to leave the competition this season. Among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, "DWTS the Results Show" continues to deliver ABC's best numbers in the time period against American Idol in 7 years - since 2003.

· The ABC dancing results show was up week to week in viewers and young adults, pulling its highest Adult 18-49 number (2.5/7) in 4 weeks - since 4/13/10.

"Lost" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

Opposite stiff all-original demographic competition at 9:00 p.m. on Fox (Idol-fueled "Glee"), NBC (second hour of a 2-hour "The Biggest Loser") and CBS ("NCIS: LA"), ABC's "Lost" built on its lead-in by 64% in Adults 18-49 (4.1/10). Finishing a strong No. 2 in Adults 18-49 to "Glee," "Lost" outperformed "The Biggest Loser" by 11% (3.7/9) and "NCIS: LA" by 24% (3.3/8) in the hour. Topping "Glee" for the 2nd straight week, "Lost" stood as the No. 1 scripted show of the night in key Men (M18-34/M18-49).

· Building its overall audience for its 3rd straight original broadcast, "Lost" generated its most-watched telecast (10.3 million) in 3 months (3rd largest audience this season) and equaled its top Adult 18-49 number (4.1/10) in more than 2 months - since 2/9 and 3/9/10, respectively.

"V-TUE" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

Posting its best numbers with Men in 5 weeks, ABC's "V" was the No. 1 series in the 10 o'clock hour across all key Men demographics (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54). In fact "V" has finished No. 1 against its CBS ("The Good Wife") and NBC ("Parenthood") drama competition in the hour with Men 18-49 for 7 weeks running.

· "V" continued to produce strong year-to-year time-period improvement for ABC. Compared to the year-ago night with original drama programming ("Cupid"), "V" boosted the hour by 44% (2.3/6 vs. 1.5/4) and once again made ABC the only network to grow in the 10:00 p.m. hour year to year. CBS (-18%) and NBC (-52%) were both down in the hour from the year-ago night.

· "V" was up for the 2nd week in a row with viewers (+6% - 5.7 million vs. 5.4 million) and young adults (+10% - 2.3/6 vs. 2.1/6), while posting its highest ratings across the key Men demos since the beginning of April - since 4/6/10.


"The Middle" (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

Surging over its lead-in by 1.9 million viewers and by 50% with young adults at 8:30 p.m., self-starter "The Middle" was the No. 1 show its half-hour for its 4th straight original telecast in Total Viewers (7.5 million-tie). Among Adults 18-49, it finished as the highest-rated scripted show in its half-hour for the 6th time in its last 7 first-run airings. The ABC freshman comedy also delivered the No. 1 position in the half-hour with Adults 25-54, Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.

· "The Middle" drew its biggest overall audience in 3 months and equaled its top Adult 18-49 number since March - since 2/10 and 3/24/10, respectively.

"Modern Family" (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

Against "Idol" and all-original programming on CBS and NBC at 9:00 p.m., ABC's "Modern Family" jumped from its lead-in (+2.8 million viewers/+79% in AD18-49) to rank as the No. 1 scripted show in its time slot among Adults 18-49 (4.3/12), outdelivering CBS' "Criminal Minds" by 30% (3.3/9) and NBC's "Mercy" by 291% (1.1/3). After running neck-and-neck with "Idol" in young men for the past month, "Modern Family" beat "American Idol" for the first time ever among Men 18-34 (+3% - 3.3/11 vs. 3.2/11). The hit ABC comedy qualified as Wednesday's No. 1 scripted TV show for its 11th straight original telecast in young adults.

· "Modern Family" marked its most-watched telecast (10.3 million) since its series premiere in September (9/23/09) and achieved a new series high in Adults 18-49 (4.3/12), representing the series' best-ever performance against "American Idol" on both counts. It was "Modern's" 2nd time in 3 weeks to hit a series high in the key young adult sales demo. Opposite "Idol," it also hit series highs with Adults 18-34 (tie) and Women 18-34.

"Cougar Town" (9:30-10:01p.m.)

Opposite the second half-hour of a surging "Idol" at 9:30 p.m., ABC freshman "Cougar Town" once again outdelivered CBS' "Criminal Minds" with Adults 18-34 (+14% - 2.5/7 vs. 2.2/7) to qualify as the No. 1 scripted show against its network rivals in the half-hour for its 6th consecutive original airing.

· "Cougar Town" was up week to week in both Total Viewers (+5% - 6.2 million vs. 5.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% - 2.7/7 vs. 2.5/7).


ABC ranked No. 1 on Thursday among Women 18-34 (3.6/11) and Women 18-49 (4.0/11-tie), dominating for the 3rd straight week with Women 18-34.

· Increasing its overall audience on the night for the 4th week in a row, ABC generated its most-watched (8.4 million) Thursday since March and equaled its highest Adult 18-49 rating (2.8/8) on the night since February - since 3/25/10 and 2/11/10, respectively.

"Grey's Anatomy" (9:00-10:01 p.m.)

Jumping ahead of its lead-in by 200% at 9:00 p.m., ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" finished a dominant No. 1 in its hour among Adults 18-49. "Grey's" (3.9/11) defeated NBC's comedies by 30% ("The Office"/"30 Rock" = 3.0/8), CBS' "CSI" by 30% (3.0/8) and Fox's Fringe by 70% (2.3/7). "Grey's" marked its 20th time in 21 original telecasts this season to stand as Thursday's highest-rated scripted show with Adults 18-49.

· "Grey's Anatomy" produced its most-watched telecast (11.1 million) in 7 weeks and its highest-rated among Adults 18-49 in 9 weeks - since 3/25 and 3/11/10, respectively. In addition with Demi Lovato as a guest star (star of Disney Channel's "Sonny with a Chance" and "Camp Rock"), the show surged 36% with Teens 12-17 (1.5/5 vs. 1.1/4) week to week, marking its highest rating since the beginning of March - since 3/4/10.

"Private Practice" (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

The third-season finale of ABC's "Private Practice" finished as the No. 1 series in its time period among Adults 18-49 (3.2/9-tie). In fact, "Private Practice" posted its best-ever non-crossover lead-in retention coming out of an original episode of "Grey's" (82%). The ABC drama towered over its 10 o'clock time-slot competitors among Adults 18-34 (2.9/9), beating CBS' "The Mentalist" by 61% (1.8/6) and NBC's "Marriage Ref" by 107% (1.4/5). It was the show's 21st consecutive original telecast this season (every telecast in the hour) to register as the No. 1 scripted program in the hour with Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49).

· In Total Viewers (9.3 million) and Adults 18-49, "Private Practice" generated its strongest performance in more than 3 months - since 2/4/10.


For the 2nd week in a row, ABC ranked No. 1 on Friday against its network rivals among Adults 18-49 (1.7/6), beating CBS by 21% (1.4/5), NBC by 31% (1.3/5) and Fox by 42% (1.2/5). ABC newsmagazines "Primetime: What Would You Do" and "20/20" tied as the No. 1 TV show of the night with Adults 25-54 (2.3/7). And at 10:00 p.m., "20/20" emerged as Friday's most-watched TV show overall (6.7 million).

· Growing its numbers on the night for the 2nd week in a row, ABC generated its best Friday in 7 weeks among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 - since 3/26/10.

"Wife Swap" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

"Wife Swap" earned second place in the 8 o'clock hour among Total Viewers (4.2 million) and across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54), while standing as the No. 1 broadcast in the time slot with Teens 12-17.

"Primetime: What Would You Do?" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Surging from its lead-in (+1.9 million/+46% in AD18-49), ABC News' "Primetime: What Would You Do?" beat out its network rivals in the 9 o'clock hour for the 2nd week in a row with Adults 18-49. It was also Friday's top-rated program across the major nets for the 2nd week running. From 9:00-10:00 p.m., "What Would You Do?" (1.9/6) dominated established all-original time-period competition, including CBS' "Medium" (+27% - 1.5/5), NBC News' "Dateline" (+58% - 1.2/4) and Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" (+27% - 1.5/5). "Primetime" also delivered the No. 1 position in the hour in the key Adult 25-54 news demo. Using hidden cameras, "What Would You Do?" sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions.

· "Primetime: What Would You Do?" was up over its week-earlier season premiere in Total Viewers, while retaining 100% of its premiere Adult 18-49 audience.

"20/20" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Topping its time slot as Friday's most-watched TV program overall (6.7 million), ABC News' "20/20" also won the 10 o'clock hour in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6) for the 2nd week in a row, beating out the second half of NBC's 2-hour "Dateline" by 20% (1.5/5) and CBS' "Miami Medical" by 50% (1.2/4). In addition, the ABC newsmagazine earned first place in the time slot for the 2nd week running in Adults 25-54 (2.3/7). "20/20" featured the story of Rebecca Babcock, who always knew she was adopted, but at 16 she was shocked by the discovery that her birth mother, Diane Downs, was a murderer, convicted of shooting her own children.

· Up for the 2nd straight week, "20/20" drew its biggest audience in 10 weeks and highest Adult 18-49 number in 7 weeks - since 3/5 and 3/26/10, respectively. The ABC newsmagazine equaled its strongest Adult 25-54 number in over 3 months - since 2/5/10.


Opposite CBS' special 3-hour "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" season finale coverage on the night (8:00-11:00 p.m.), ABC earned a solid second place on Sunday in Total Viewers (9.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/9), while ranking No.1 with Women 18-34 (3.1/10). Despite the increased competition on the night, ABC generated its strongest non-Oscar Sunday since the beginning of January with viewers and young adults - since 1/10/10.

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

ABC's season closer of "America's Funniest Home Videos" finished a strong No. 1 in the 7 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 (2.0/7), outdelivering its nearest competition by 18% (CBS' "60 Minutes" = 1.7/6). In fact ABC's 20-year veteran video clip show ran No. 1 in the hour for the 4th time in 5 broadcasts in the key young adult sales demo.

· "AFV" grew over its year-ago finale in Viewers, Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54 and Kids 2-11.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

From 8:00-9:00 p.m., the season finale of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" earned second place to the opening hour of CBS' special "Survivor" finale among Total Viewers (9.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/8). ABC�s "Home Edition" outdrew the final hour of NBC's "Miss USA" by 3.6 million viewers and by 71% in Adults 18-49 (6.1 million and 1.7/5). Recording artist and actress Demi Lovato (star of Disney Channel's "Sonny With A Chance" and "Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam") built a snowman with the help of the Williams family, and afterwards performed the new Disney's Friends for Change anthem, "Make a Wave."

· In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, "Home Edition" posted its best results in more than 4 months - since 1/10/10.

"Desperate Housewives" (9:00-10:01 p.m.)

From 9:00-10:00 p.m., the sixth-season finale of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" finished a strong No. 2 to "Survivor" in viewers (12.8 million) and young adults (4.0/11), while placing a definitive No. 1 in the hour across each of the key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Among Adults 18-49, "Housewives" registered as the top-rated scripted show on Sunday in each of its last 10 original telecasts this season.

· "Desperate Housewives" drew its biggest audience and its highest Adult 18-49 rating in over 4 months - since 1/10/10.

"Brothers & Sisters" (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

On its fourth-season finale, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" took second place to the last hour of "Survivor" finale coverage on CBS, beating the final hour of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" by 3.9 million viewers (9.9 million vs. 6.0 million) and by 21% in Adults 18-49 (2.9/8 vs. 2.4/6). The ABC drama finished No. 1 in the 10 o'clock hour, topping "Survivor," with Adults 18-34 and across all key Women demos. "Brothers & Sisters" was up from its year-ago finale in Total Viewers and Adults 18-34.

· Building its Adult 18-49 audience for its 4th consecutive telecast, "Brothers & Sisters" pulled the series' best viewer and young adult numbers since the beginning of January - since 1/10/10.

Source: The Nielsen Company (National Live+Same Day Program Ratings), week of 5/10/10, unless stated otherwise.

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