[06/28/11 - 10:36 AM]
ABC Claims 6 of the Week's Top 20 TV Shows in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of June 20-26.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of June 20, 2011 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Claims 6 of the Week's Top 20 TV Shows in Adults 18-49, Placing 3 in The Top 10 with "Wipeout," "Expedition Impossible" and "The Bachelorette"

Gaining Week to Week, ABC is the Only Major Net to Deliver Increases

ABC Wins Monday for the 15th Straight Week in Viewers, and the 11th Week in a Row Among Adults 18-49, Hitting its Longest Winning Streak in Nearly 14 Years

"The Bachelorette" Ranks No. 1 in its 2-Hour Slot in Viewers and Young Adults, Standing as Monday's Most-Watched Program for the 4th Consecutive Week

"EM: Weight Loss Edition" Dominates NBC's Original Drama in Adults 18-49 During Monday's 10pm Hour, Improving its Slot for ABC by Strong Margins

Opposite the Opening Hour of "The Voice," ABC's Debut of "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" Builds on "Wipeout" to Finish No. 2 in Adults 18-49 and No. 1 in Teens

Retaining Nearly All of its Lead-in and Improving its Time Slot Year to Year, ABC's "Combat Hospital" Debut Finishes as the 2nd-Most-Watched Show in its Time Period

Up from the Year-Ago Night by Wide Margins in Viewers and Young Adults, ABC Improves its Results Year to Year for the 4th Straight Summer Wednesday

Surging from its Lead-in and Building Throughout its Broadcast, ABC's Special "Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story" Delivers Big Year-Over-Year Gains

ABC's Thursday Premieres Win the Night Among Adults 18-49, Scoring The Network's Top-Rated Non-Sports Summer Thursday in More Than 3 Years

Dominating Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" in the 8 O'clock Hour, ABC's Summer Premiere of "Wipeout" Marks the Series' Best Numbers in Nearly 5 Months

Tying ABC's "Wipeout" as Thursday's No. 1 TV Show in Adults 18-49, "Expedition Impossible" Debuts with ABC's Top Summer Series Rating in the Slot Since May '08

Producing Big Year-Over-Year Gains for ABC in its New Later Hour, the Opener Of "Rookie Blue" Pulls the Net's Top Regular Summer Slot Results Since August '08

WEEK No. 40:

During the week of June 20, 2011, ABC aired 6 of the Top 20 TV programs among Adults 18-49, placing 3 in the Top 10: "Wipeout-Thurs" and "Expedition Impossible" tied at No. 8, "The Bachelorette" - No. 10, "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" - No. 13, "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" - No. 15 and "Wipeout-Tues" - No. 20. In addition, ABC's "The Bachelorette," "Wipeout-Thurs" and "Expedition Impossible" all finished among the Top 15 most-watched TV shows overall for the week. ABC claimed the top news program for the 2nd week in a row, as "Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story" on Wednesday ranked as the week's No. 1 newsmagazine in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.

· Building week to week in Total Viewers (+15% - 4.7 million vs. 4.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% - 1.3/4 vs. 1.2/4), ABC stood as the only major net to grow on either measure.


Driven by its winning combo of "The Bachelorette" and "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," ABC earned first place on Monday night, outdelivering its nearest competitors by 1.2 million viewers (7.1 million vs. 5.9 million - NBC) and by 29% among Adults 18-49 (2.2/6 vs. 1.7/5 - Fox).

· Extending its winning streaks on the evening, ABC stood as Monday's most-watched television network for the 15th week running and finished No. 1 in Adults 18-49 for the 11th straight week. In fact, the Net is producing its longest Monday winning streak in nearly 14 years with Total Viewers - since a streak that ran from w/o 9/1/97 - w/o 12/22/97.

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

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's "The Bachelorette" took first place its time period for the 5th consecutive week, defeating its closest competition in the 2-hour time period by 34% in Total Viewers (7.8 million vs. 5.8 million - NBC) and by 35% in Adults 18-49 (2.3/7 vs. 1.7/5 - Fox).

· Monday's No. 1 TV show in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC's "The Bachelorette" registered as Monday's most-watched show overall for the 4th week in a row.

"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (10:01-11:00 p.m.)

Showing strong lead-in retention (87%) during the 10 o'clock hour, ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" beat its rivals by wide margins in Adults 18-49, leading runner-up NBC's original drama ("Law & Order: Los Angeles") by an impressive 54% (2.0/6 vs. 1.3/4). In addition, the ABC unscripted series won its hour for the 4th week in a row across all key Women demographics (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Building audience throughout its broadcast, "EM: Weight Loss Edition" gained 7% in viewers (5.5 million to 5.9 million) and 11% in young adults (1.9/5 to 2.1/6) from its first half-hour to its second half-hour.

· ABC's "EM: Weight Loss Edition" once again improved its hour year to year. On average, the new unscripted series is boosting the hour for ABC by 1.0 million viewers (6.1 million vs. 5.1 million), by 11% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6 vs. 1.9/6) and by 13% in Adults 18-34 (1.8/6 vs. 1.6/5) over the comparable nights last year with originals of "True Beauty."


With a special preview of "Wipeout" leading into the debuts of "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" and "Combat Hospital," ABC took second place to NBC ("America's Got Talent"/2-hour "The Voice") on Tuesday among Adults 18-49 (1.6/5), beating Fox by 14% (1.4/4) and CBS by 45% (1.1/3).

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

In the 8:00 p.m. hour against NBC's "America's Got Talent" and Fox's "MasterChef," ABC's special summer sneak peek of "Wipeout" outdrew its unscripted competition on Fox by 1.1 million viewers (5.3 million vs. 4.2 million). In addition, the broad-appealing "Wipeout" was the second-highest rated broadcast show in the slot with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11. Please Note: "Wipeout's" summer premiere is Thursday (6/23/11) from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

· Despite facing stiff time-period competition, "Wipeout" built by 6% in Total Viewers (5.2 million to 5.5 million) and by 20% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 to 1.8/6) from its first half-hour to its second half-hour.

· In viewers and young adults, "Wipeout" generated ABC's top numbers in the hour this summer.

"101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Opposite the opening hour of NBC's "The Voice" semi-finals edition from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ABC's debut of "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" built on its lead-in and gained audience during its broadcast to finish No. 2 in Adults 18-49 (1.9/5). Impressively, the new ABC show beat NBC's "The Voice" by 11% in Teens 12-17 (2.1/8 vs. 1.9/7) to stand as the No. 1 broadcast program on Tuesday evening.

· Like its lead-in, "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" grew its audience throughout its broadcast, picking up 7% in viewers (5.4 million to 5.8 million) and 5% in young adults (1.9/5 to 2.0/5) from start to finish.

"Combat Hospital" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

At 10:00 p.m. against the second hour of "The Voice," the series debut of ABC's "Combat Hospital" retained a strong 95% of its lead-in to stand as the 2nd-most-watched TV show overall (5.3 million). The new ABC drama also finished No. 2 in the hour among Adults 25-54 (1.6/4).

· "Combat Hospital" improved the hour for ABC by a substantial 36% year to year in Total Viewers, topping the year-ago night with original programming (5.3 million vs. 3.9 million for "Primetime: Mind Games").


Featuring comedy encores and a special "Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story," ABC grew year to year for the 4th straight Wednesday this summer, building over the year-ago evening (6/23/10) by 20% in Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.5 million) and by 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/4 vs. 1.1/4) with the same mix of repeat and original programming.

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

At 8:30 p.m., ABC's "The Middle" repeat beat out CBS' repeat "Undercover Boss" by 10% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 1.0/3).

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

At 9:00 p.m., ABC's replay "Modern Family" defeated CBS' replay "Criminal Minds" by 33% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5 vs. 1.2/3) to stand as the No. 1 scripted TV show of the night. In addition, the ABC sophomore comedy was up over its year-ago rebroadcast by 14% (1.4/4 on 6/23/10).

"Happy Endings" (9:31-10:00 p.m.)

In the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC's encore "Happy Endings" improved its time period from the same night last year by 10% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 1.0/3).

"Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Surging from its lead-in and building throughout its broadcast against NBC's "America's Got Talent," ABC's special "Primetime Nightline: The Casey Anthony Story" took second place in the 10 o'clock hour versus its network rivals with key adults (AD18-49/AD25-54).

· The "Primetime Nightline" special greatly improved its hour for ABC over the year-ago night with original programming, boosting the time slot by 1.9 million viewers (4.8 million vs. 2.9 million), by 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/4 vs. 1.1/4) and by 50% in Adults 25-54 (1.8/4 vs. 1.2/3).


With a strong opening for its Thursday summer lineup ("Wipeout"/"Expedition Impossible"/"Rookie Blue"), ABC finished No. 1 on the night in Adults 18-49 (2.1/7), towering over Fox by 40% (1.5/5), CBS by 40% (1.5/4) and NBC by 163% (0.8/3). In a rare feat for a new series, ABC's "Expedition Impossible" debuted as the night's No. 1 TV show, tying ABC's "Wipeout."

· Growing 11% over the same night last year (also a night of premieres on 6/24/10) in Adults 18-49 (2.1/7 vs. 1.9/6), the Net marked its top summer Thursday with non-sports programming in more than 3 years - since 5/29/08 with the season finale of "Lost."

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

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's summer premiere of "Wipeout" catapulted over its 2-night-ago Tuesday sneak peek in viewers (+45% - 7.7 million vs. 5.3 million) and young adults (+41% - 2.4/8 vs. 1.7/6). The broad-appealing ABC unscripted series won its time period by wide margins, beating Fox's original "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.5 million and 2.0/7) by 1.2 million viewers and 20% in Adults 18-49.

· In viewers and young adults, ABC's "Wipeout" posted the show's highest numbers in nearly 5 months - since 2/3/11.

"Expedition Impossible" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Opening as Thursday's No. 1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (2.4/7), ABC's debut of "Expedition Impossible" retained 100% of its "Wipeout" lead-in to dominate its rivals in the 9 o'clock hour. In fact, the new ABC unscripted show premiered as the No. 1 program among key Adult demos (AD18-49/AD25-54) and was the top-rated broadcast program with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

· Surging over the year-ago night by 26% in Adults 18-49 (1.9/6 on 6/24/10), "Expedition Impossible" scored ABC's highest non-sports summer rating in the time period since May 2008 - since 5/29/08 with the season closer of "Lost."

"Rookie Blue" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

At 10:00 p.m., ABC's sophomore season premiere of "Rookie Blue" ranked No. 1 in its time slot in Adults 18-49 (tie) and Adults 25-54 (tie). The ABC summer drama beat NBC's original summer drama ("Love Bites") in the hour by 3.8 million viewers (5.8 million vs. 2.0 million), by 100% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5 vs. 0.8/2) and by 133% in Adults 25-54 (2.1/5 vs. 0.9/2).

· Despite moving into a later time period (shifting from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) with lower overall TV usage, ABC's "Rookie Blue" topped its freshman season finale by nearly 1.0 million viewers and by 33% in Adults 18-49 (4.9 million & 1.2/3 on 9/9/10), drawing the series' largest audience since mid-August last year in viewers and since early-August in young adults - since 8/19/10 and 8/5/10, respectively. In addition, "Rookie Blue" hit a series high with Women 18-34 (1.6/5-tie).

· "Rookie Blue" produced strong year-over-year gains for ABC in the hour with viewers (+14%) and young adults (+23%), topping original programming on the year-ago night ("Boston Med" = 5.1 million and 1.3/4). In fact with viewers and young adults, "Rookie Blue" posted ABC's best summer numbers in the hour with regular programming since August 2008 - since 8/7/08.


"Shark Tank" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's replay "Shark Tank" was the No. 1 program in the hour on the major nets in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4), topping NBC's original "Friday Night Lights" by 25% (0.8/3), CBS' repeat "Flashpoint" by 25% (0.8/3) and Fox's encore "Bones" by 25% (0.8/3).

"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

During the 9 o'clock hour, ABC's "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" finished No. 1 against its network rivals in Adults 18-34 (0.9/4), beating NBC's "Dateline" by 29% (0.7/3). In fact, "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" stood as Friday's No. 1 show on the major nets in the young adult demo.

· Surging 50% week to week in Adults 18-34 (0.9/4 vs. 0.6/3), "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" equaled its 2nd-best number of the season.


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

ABC's repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" finished as the No. 1 regular program during the 7 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 (1.0/4), defeating CBS' encore "60 Minutes" by 25% (0.8/3), NBC's encore "Dateline" by 25% (0.8/3) and Fox's replay animated comedies by 43% ("American Dad"/"Bob's Burgers" = 0.7/3). ABC's replay video-clip show also ranked as the No. 1 series in its slot among key Women (W18-49/W25-54) and was once again the highest-rated broadcast program with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 6/20/11, unless stated otherwise.

  [june 2011]  


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