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ABC Weekly Ratings - ABC Scores its Highest-Rated Monday Since November Among Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of January 23-29.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of January 23, 2012 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Scores its Highest-Rated Monday Since November Among Adults 18-49

ABC's "The Bachelor" Hits Season Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

Winning its Slot, ABC's "Castle" Emerges as Monday's Most-Watched TV Show

Airing Around Tuesday's "State of the Union Address," Repeat Airings of "Last Man Standing" and "Modern Family" Boost ABC's Numbers by Double Digits Year to Year

On Wednesday at 8pm, ABC's Repeat Comedies Outdraw NBC's Original Comedies

ABC's Wednesday Encore Airings of "Modern Family," "Happy Endings" and "Revenge" Generate Substantial Increases Over their Most-Recent Replays

On Thursday from 8-9pm, ABC's Repeat "Wipeout" Attracts Over 1.0 Million More Viewers than NBC's Original Comedies ("30 Rock"/"Parks and Recreation")

ABC's "Shark Tank" Marks its 2nd-Best-Ever Results in its Friday 8-9pm Time Slot

Building on its Week-Earlier Season Opener, ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" Earns its Top Adult 18-49 Number in Over 1 Year

"20/20" Wins Friday's 10 O'clock Hour in Key Adults and Generates The ABC Newsmagazine's 2nd-Biggest Overall Audience in Nearly 3 Months

Head to Head on Saturday, ABC's Repeat Ice Skating Theatrical "Blades of Glory" Defeats NBC's "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" by 50% Among Adults 18-49

Standing as the Top Non-Sports Show on Sunday at 7pm in Adults 18-49, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" Equals its Highest Rating Since May

Sunday's No. 1 Non-Sports TV Program in Adults 18-49, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" Attracts its Biggest Audience in 11 Weeks and the Series' 2nd-Best-Ever Teen Number

ABC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" is Up Over the Franchise's Most Recent Movie, Drawing the Network's Biggest Audience in the Time Period Since November

WEEK No. 19:


With increasing returns for "The Bachelor" and "Castle," ABC's registered as the No. 1 network on Monday night with Total Viewers (8.9 million-tied) and across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).

· Marking its 2nd straight week of gains, the Network scored its top-rated Monday in over 2 months in Adults 18-49 (2.5/6) and equaled its highest Adults 18-34 number (2.0/6) since season-premiere Monday in September - since 11/21/11 and 9/19/11, respectively.

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

Growing from its first hour to its second hour, ABC's "The Bachelor" earned second place in its 2-hour time period with Adults 18-49, while ranking No. 1 among all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). In fact, "The Bachelor" stood as Monday's No. 1 TV show across the Women demos.

· Up for the 2nd week running, "The Bachelor" achieved season-highs in both Total Viewers (8.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.7/7).

· In viewers and young adults, "The Bachelor" generated ABC's best numbers in the time period since November - since 11/21/11 and 11/14/11, respectively.

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

Monday's most-watched TV show overall, ABC's "Castle" ranked No. 1 during the 10 o'clock hour with Total Viewers (10.1 million) and Adults 25-54 (3.0/7).

· ABC's "Castle" surged over its year-ago broadcast by 1.0 million viewers (9.1 million on 1/24/11).

· The ABC drama produced its biggest audience in 9 weeks - since 11/21/11.


With repeats of back-to-back episodes of "Last Man Standing" from 8:00-9:00 p.m. and an encore telecast of "Modern Family" following the State of the Union address, ABC was up over the year-ago night with the State of the Union address (1/25/11) by 24% in Total Viewers (5.1 million vs. 4.1 million) and by 30% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/4 vs. 1.0/3).


ABC's all-repeat lineup beat out NBC's mix of original and repeat programming by double-digit percentages on Wednesday night in Total Viewers (+13% - 4.4 million vs. 3.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+15% - 1.5/4 vs. 1.3/4).

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

From 8:00-9:00 p.m., ABC's repeat comedies ("The Middle"/"Suburgatory") outdelivered NBC's original comedies ("Whitney"/"Are You There, Chelsea?") by 15% in viewers (4.7 million vs. 4.1 million).

· "The Middle" was up over its last encore airing by 15% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/4 vs. 1.3/4 on 12/28/11).

"Modern Family"/"Happy Endings" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

During the 9 o'clock hour, ABC's replays of "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings" dominated their replay competition on NBC, topping "Law & Order: SVU" by 1.7 million viewers (5.3 million vs. 3.6 million) and by 75% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/5 vs. 1.2/3).

· ABC's "Modern Family" rose sharply over its most recent replay with viewers (+17% - 6.5 million vs. 5.6 million) and young adults (+32% - 2.5/6 vs. 1.9/5).

· Marking its 3rd-strongest-ever repeat results, ABC's "Happy Endings" surged over its last encore by 15% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.4 million) and by 42% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/4 vs. 1.2/3).

"Revenge" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o'clock hour, ABC's "Revenge" shot up over its most recent repeat telecast by 19% in Total Viewers (3.1 million vs. 2.6 million) and by 50% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/2 vs. 0.6/2).


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

During the 8 o'clock hour against CBS' original comedies ("The Big Bang Theory"/"Rob") and Fox's "American Idol," ABC's repeat "Wipeout" (4.8 million) pulled in over 1.0 million more viewers than NBC's first-run comedies ("30 Rock"/"Parks and Recreation" = 3.7 million).


ABC ranked No. 1 on Friday versus its net rivals for the 3rd week in a row in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5), leading each hour and beating out Fox by 23% (1.3/4), NBC by 33% (1.2/4) and CBS by 45% (1.1/3). ABC won the night overall with Adults 25-54 (2.0/5), delivering the Top 3 TV shows of the evening, as "Shark Tank," "Primetime: What Would You Do?" and "20/20" each tied as the highest-rated show on Friday.

· Coming off a season high the prior week, the Net equaled its 2nd-highest rated Friday this season among Adults 18-49.

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

Holding nearly all of its impressive week-earlier season premiere number (88%), ABC's "Shark Tank" beat out its network rivals in the 8:00 p.m. hour for the 2nd week running in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5), leading Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" by 7% (1.4/4).

· In Total Viewers (5.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.5/5), ABC's "Shark Tank" equaled its 2nd-strongest ever results in the time period, behind only its week-ago season opener.

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

Building on its season premiere (+6%) to stand as Friday's No. 1 TV program on the major nets in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5), ABC's "Primetime: What Would You Do?" topped its net rivals in the 9 o'clock hour, dominating the series finale of NBC's "Chuck" by 31% (1.3/4) and Fox's first-run "Fringe" by 42% (1.2/3).

· "Primetime: What Would You Do?" marked its best Adult 18-49 number in more than 1 year - since 1/21/11.

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

During the 10:00 p.m. hour, ABC's "20/20" finished No. 1 in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. In addition, ABC's "20/20" continued to qualify as the night's No. 1 newsmagazine, outdelivering NBC's "Dateline" by double-digit margins in head-to-head competition among Total Viewers (+27% - 5.7 million vs. 4.5 million), Adults 25-54 (+25% - 2.0/5 vs. 1.6/4) and Adults 18-49 (+25% - 1.5/4 vs. 1.2/3). "20/20" featured Robin Roberts' report on a harrowing story with chilling details about an epic divorce, kidnapping, miraculous escape and shocking testimony that left a courtroom speechless.

· "20/20" generated its 2nd-biggest audience on the night in almost 3 months - since 11/11/11.


With encores of "Wipeout" and the "ABC Saturday Night Movie," ABC defeated NBC with its coverage of the "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" on Saturday night by 100% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3 vs. 0.5/2).

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

At 8 o'clock, ABC's repeat "Wipeout" ranked second in the hour among Adults 18-49 (1.1/4), dominating its encore competition on CBS by 57% ("Rules of Engagement"/"Mike & Molly" = 0.7/2) and on NBC by 175% ("Harry's Law" = 0.4/1). In addition, "Wipeout" stood as the No. 1 broadcast program in its slot with Teens 12-17 and the top-rated broadcast program of the night in Kids 2-11.

· "Wipeout" grew over its most recent encore in the hour two weeks ago (on 1/14/12) by 34% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 2.9 million) and by 38% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 0.8/2) to turn in its strongest repeat numbers on the night this season.

"ABC Saturday Night Movie: Blades of Glory" (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's rebroadcast theatrical "Blades of Glory" outdelivered NBC's "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" head to head in the 2-hour time period by 50% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.6/2). The repeat feature film was Saturday's No. 1 broadcast program in Teens 12-17.


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

During the 7 o'clock hour, opposite the NFL's 2012 Pro Bowl, ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" ranked as the dominant No. 1 non-sports program in Adults 18-49, leading runner-up CBS' "60 Minutes" by 27% (1.9/5 vs. 1.5/4).

· ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" attracted its biggest audience (7.3 million) since November (3rd-largest of the season) and equaled its top Adult 18-49 number since early-May - since 11/27/11 and 5/1/11, respectively.

"Once Upon a Time" (8:00-9:01 p.m.)

Rising week to week and building sharply on its lead-in against the football game (+49% in viewers/+84% in young adults), ABC freshman drama "Once Upon a Time" emerged as Sunday's

No. 1 non-sports TV program among Adults 18-49 (3.5/8). During the 8 o'clock hour, ABC's "Once Upon a Time" outdelivered CBS' "Undercover Boss" by 17% (3.0/7) and Fox's animated comedies by 59% ("The Simpsons"/"Napoleon Dynamite" = 2.2/5).

· Growing week to week in Viewers (+17%) and Adults 18-49 (+9%), "Once Upon a Time" (10.9 million) produced its most-watched telecast overall in 11 weeks - since 11/13/11. In addition, the Disney-owned drama surged by 24% over the prior week in Teens 12-17 to match the series' 2nd-highest-ever number.

· Although facing the Pro Bowl this year, "Once Upon a Time" delivered big time-period increases for ABC in the hour, growing over the year-ago night with original programming by 2.4 million viewers and by 46% in Adults 18-49 ("Home Edition" = 8.5 million and 2.4/6 on 1/30/11).

"Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon" (9:01-11:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon" was up from the last "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie (on 11/27/11), gaining 6% in Total Viewers (6.8 million vs. 6.4 million) and surging 36% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/4 vs. 1.1/2).

· With "A Smile as Big as the Moon," the Network pulled in its largest audience in the 2-hour time period since November - since 11/20/11.

Source: The Nielsen Company, National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings, week of 01/23/12.

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