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[01/25/11 - 10:48 AM]
ABC's "Modern Family" is TV's No. 1 Regular Scripted Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of January 17-23.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of January 17, 2011 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC's "Modern Family" is TV's No. 1 Regular Scripted Show in Adults 18-49, Despite Going Head to Head Against Wednesday's "American Idol" Premiere

"The Bachelor" Takes Second in its Slot in Viewers and Adults 18-49, Ranking As Monday's No. 1 Broadcast Series in Women 18-34 for the 3rd Week in a Row

With "Primetime: What Would You Do?" and "20/20" on Friday Night, ABC Claims the Week's Top 2 Newsmagazines in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

Up Against CBS' Original "Hawaii Five-0' and NBC's "Harry's Law" Series Debut, "Castle" Hits its Best Repeat Numbers of the Season in Viewers and Young Adults

Nearly Doubling its Year-Ago Results, ABC Scores its Best Tuesday in 6 Weeks

ABC's "No Ordinary Family" Builds Week to Week in Viewers and Young Adults

Posting a Season High Among Men 18-34, ABC's "V" Finishes No. 1 in its Slot

A Special Edition of "20/20" Posts 6-Week Time-Period Highs for ABC on Tuesday

ABC is the Only Major Net to Grow Opposite the Wednesday Premiere of "Idol"

Dominating its Non-"Idol" Competitors Wednesday at 8pm in Viewers And Young Adults, ABC's "The Middle" Hits a Season High in Men 18-34

Improving its Slot, ABC's "Better with You" Beats Out its Non-"Idol" Competition

Marking its Best-Ever Numbers Against Fox's "American Idol," ABC's "Modern Family" is Wednesday's No. 1 Scripted TV Show in Adults 18-49

Exhibiting Strong Retention of its Week-Earlier Debut, ABC's "Off the Map" Scores Big Year-to-Year Gains for the Network in Wednesday's 10pm Hour

"Wipeout" Marks ABC's Top Results in 6 Years Against Night 2 of an "Idol" Premiere

Despite the Move of "Idol" Into the Time Period This Year, "Wipeout" Improves Its Hour for ABC Year to Year by 17% in Viewers and by 44% in Adults 18-49

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" Generates its Strongest Repeat Numbers This Season

ABC's Friday Newsmagazines Grow Week to Week, as "Primetime" Wins its Hour in Adults 25-54 and "20/20" Wins its Hour in Adults 18-49

WEEK No. 18:

During the week of January 17, 2011, ABC's "Modern Family" finished as the No. 1 regular scripted program in Adults 18-49, despite competing head to head against Fox's "American Idol" premiere on Wednesday. In fact the Network had a number of standout performance against "Idol." Opposite Wednesday's 2-hour "Idol" opener, ABC's "The Middle" and "Modern Family" each marked their highest-ever numbers against any telecast of the Fox program. Opposite "Idol's" Thursday premiere from 8:00-9:00 p.m., Winter "Wipeout" produced big year-over-year growth for ABC with the Net's top results in 6 years against the opening hour of any "American Idol" Night 2 premiere - since "Lost" on 1/19/05. With "Primetime: What Would You Do? and "20/20" on Friday night, ABC claimed TV's Top 2 newsmagazine telecasts for the week in both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.

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 39% currently, from 35% at the same point in 2010. 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.

Monday

ABC's lineup of "The Bachelor," followed by an encore "Castle," topped NBC's all-original, mid-season Monday lineup by 15% in Adults 18-49 (2.3/6 vs. 2.0/5). The Net ranked as the No. 1 broadcaster on the night in Women 18-34 (2.9/8) for the 3rd week in a row.

"The Bachelor" (8:00-10:01 p.m.)

Growing its overall audience week to week, ABC's "The Bachelor" took second in its 2-hour time period with Total Viewers (8.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.7/6). "The Bachelor" led its time-slot among its Network rivals and stood Monday's No. 1 broadcast series with Women 18-34 (3.6/9) for the 3rd straight week.

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

Up against an original episode of CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" and the series debut of NBC's "Harry's Law," ABC's "Castle" drew its best repeat numbers of the season in both Total Viewers (5.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.4/4).

Tuesday

With its lineup of 2 dramas and a special edition of "20/20," ABC attracted its second-largest audience and equaled its highest Adult 18-49 number in 6 weeks - since 12/7/10. The Net continued to deliver substantial year-to-year gains on the evening, soaring over the year-ago night (1/19/10) by 3.0 million viewers (5.8 million vs. 2.8 million) and by 89% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5 vs. 0.9/3).

"No Ordinary Family" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's "No Ordinary Family" was up by 8% in Total Viewers (5.7 million) and by 20% among Adults 18-49 (1.8/5) week to week. In addition, "No Ordinary Family" registered sizeable year-to-year improvement for ABC in the hour, up by 3.6 million viewers (5.7 million vs. 2.1 million) and by 157% in Adults 18-49 (1.8/5 vs. 0.7/2) from the year-ago night.

"V" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Building on its lead-in among Adults 18-49 (+11%), ABC's "V" posted gains over the previous week among young adults against original competition on CBS ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), NBC ("The Biggest Loser: Couples") and Fox ("Million Dollar Money Drop"). "V" improved the 9 o'clock hour by impressive margins in Total Viewers (+90% - 5.7 million vs. 3.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+67% - 2.0/5 vs. 1.2/3) over the same night last year.

· The ABC drama posted a season-high in Men 18-34 (1.5/5) and beat out its broadcast rivals to rank No. 1 (tie) at 9:00 p.m.

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

A special edition of ABC's "20/20" at 10:00 p.m., featuring Capt. Mark Kelly in his first television interview since the shootings in Tucson, generated the Net's best time period numbers in 6 weeks in Total Viewers (6.2 million), Adults 18-49 (1.3/4) and Adults 25-54 (1.8/5) - since 12/7/10. The "20/20" special boosted its time slot by wide margins from the year-ago night by 84% in Total Viewers, by 44% in Adults 18-49 and by 50% in Adults 25-54.

Wednesday

Up against the 2-hour season premiere of Fox's "American Idol," ABC posted a solid second-place finish on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (2.7/7), beating out third-place CBS by 42% (1.9/5) and fourth-place NBC by 59% (1.7/4).

· The Net grew by strong margins over the Wednesday last year, when "Idol" premiered from 8:00-9:30 p.m. (1/13/10), in both Total Viewers (+24% - 7.2 million vs. 5.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+23% - 2.7/7 vs. 2.2/6). In fact ABC was the only major net up year to year against the Wednesday premiere of "Idol."

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

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's "The Middle" defeated its non-"Idol" competition in viewers and young adults. Among Adults 18-49 (2.6/8), "The Middle" topped NBC's original "Minute to Win It" by 86% (1.4/4) and CBS' original "Live to Dance" by 189% (0.9/3).

· Marking the series' highest-ever numbers against "Idol," "The Middle" jumped over its year-ago performance opposite the Fox opener by 2.3 million viewers (8.3 million vs. 6.0 million) and by 24% in Adults 18-49 (2.6/8 vs. 2.1/5).

· "The Middle" generated a season-high rating with Men 18-34, equaling its top number in nearly 1 year - since 2/10/10

"Better with You" (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

Like its lead-in, ABC's "Better With You" bested its non-"Idol" competition at 8:30 p.m. in viewers and young adults, leading the second half-hours of "Minute to Win It" (+17% - 1.8/5) and "Live to Dance" (+110% - 1.0/3) by wide margins in Adults 18-49 (2.6/6).

· The freshman comedy improved its time period for ABC over the year-ago Wednesday against the "Idol" premiere by 7% in Total Viewers (6.4 million vs. 6.0 million).

"Modern Family" (9:00-9:31 p.m.)

Standing as the definitive No. 1 scripted TV program on Wednesday among Adults 18-49, ABC's "Modern Family" (4.6/12) built on its lead-in against the third half-hour of "Idol" at 9:00 p.m., towering above its closest scripted competition in its time slot by 64% (CBS' original "Criminal Minds" - 2.8/7). In fact the ABC comedy topped its combined CBS and NBC scripted competition by 18% in the half-hour (4.6/12 vs. 3.9/10).

· In viewers and young adults, the ABC sophomore comedy scored its best-ever results against "American Idol." The show surged over its performance on the year-ago night of the "Idol" opener by double-digit percentages in both Total Viewers (+40% - 10.9 million vs. 7.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+39% - 4.6/12 vs. 3.3/8).

· "Modern Family" produced its highest Adult 18-34 number since November and its top Men 18-34 number since October - since 11/17/10 and 10/20/10, respectively.

"Cougar Town" (9:31-10:00 p.m.)

At 9:30 p.m. against the final half-hour of "Idol," ABC's "Cougar Town" earned second against its scripted competition in Adults 18-49 (2.4/6), beating NBC's time-period premiere of "Chase" by 140% (1.0/3). "Cougar Town" registered as the No. 1 scripted program in the hour with Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34.

"Off the Map" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Retaining an impressive 91% of its week-ago series debut among Adults 18-49 (2.1/6 vs. 2.3/6) in Wednesday's 10:00 p.m. hour, ABC's "Off the Map" ran a close second to NBC's veteran "Law & Order: SVU" (2.3/7) and beat out CBS' time-period premiere of "Blue Bloods" by 5% (2.0/6). "Off the Map" ranked No. 1 against its drama competition in the hour with Men 18-49, Men 18-34 and Teens 12-17.

· "Off the Map" delivered strong year-over-year improvement for the Network in the hour, building over the same night last year with original programming ("Ugly Betty" on 1/20/10) by 1.3 million viewers (5.8 million vs. 4.5 million) and by 31% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6 vs. 1.6/4).

Thursday

"Wipeout" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Head to head against the second night of Fox's "American Idol" premiere from 8:00-9:00 p.m., as well as original comedies on CBS and NBC, ABC's "Wipeout" pulled in an impressive 8.3 million viewers and a 2.6/7 in Adults 18-49. In the hour the winter edition of the ABC unscripted series beat out NBC's original comedies, including the well-promoted series debut of "Perfect Couples," by 3.9 million viewers and by 18% in Adults 18-49 ("Community"/"Perfect Couples" = 4.4 million and 2.2/6).

· In viewers and young adults, "Wipeout" produced ABC's top results in 6 years against the opening hour of any "American Idol" Night 2 premiere - since "Lost" on 1/19/05.

· Despite facing the move of "Idol" into the time period this year, "Wipeout" drastically improved the hour year to year for ABC in Total Viewers (+17%) and Adults 18-49 (+44%) over original drama programming on the year-ago night ("Deep End" = 7.1 million and 1.8/5 on 1/21/10).

· ABC was the only net to build audience in the hour against "Idol," as CBS, NBC and CW each lost viewers from 8:00-9:00 p.m. From its first half-hour to its second-half hour, "Wipeout" surged by 9% in viewers (7.9 million to 8.6 million) and by 22% in Adults 18-49 (2.3/6 to 2.8/8). In fact during its second half-hour from 8:30-9:00 p.m., "Wipeout" ranked No. 2 to "Idol" in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, key Women (W18-34/W18-49), Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

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

At 9:00 p.m. coming out of "Wipeout," ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" posted its strongest repeat numbers this season in viewers and young adults (4.7 million and 1.6/4), despite facing all-original competition on CBS, NBC, and Fox.

Friday

Gaining 8% week to week, ABC took second place against its network rivals on Friday night in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5), beating CBS and NBC. The Net ranked No. 1 on the evening with Women 18-49 (1.9/6).

"Primetime: What Would You Do?" (9:00-10:03 p.m.)

Surging 55% over its lead-in, ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" finished a strong second in the 9 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 (1.7/5). In the key young adult sales demo, ABC's "Primetime" dominated NBC's "Dateline" in the hour by 21% (1.4/4). The ABC newsmagazine won its time slot with Adults 25-54 (2.2/6) and key Women demos (W18-49/W25-54).

· Building over the prior week by 13% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 on 1/14/11), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" equaled its highest rating since mid-November - since 11/12/10.

"20/20" (10:03-11:00 p.m.)

ABC's "20/20" ranked No. 1 in the 10 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 (1.5/5). "20/20" featured John Quinones' report on the murder mystery of a popular school nurse on Mother's Day 2009 in New England and John Berman's report on vervet monkeys that are giving tourists and natives a run for their money in the vacation paradise of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

· ABC's "20/20" was up week to week in both Adults 18-49 (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%).

Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 1/17/11, unless stated otherwise.





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· 20/20 (ABC)
· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· BETTER WITH YOU (ABC)
· BIGGEST LOSER, THE (USA)
· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· CASTLE (ABC)
· CHASE (NBC)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DATELINE NBC (NBC)
· DEEP END, THE (ABC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HARRY'S LAW (NBC)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LIVE TO DANCE (CBS)
· LOST (ABC)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (FOX)
· MINUTE TO WIN IT (GSN)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC)
· OFF THE MAP (ABC)
· PERFECT COUPLES (NBC)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· V (ABC)
· WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (ABC)
· WIPEOUT (TBS)





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