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[06/19/12 - 11:06 AM]
ABC Weekly Ratings - Network Towers Over its Competition with its Best Non-Oscar Week in Over 1 Year
ABC spins the numbers for the week of June 11-17.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of June 11, 2012 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Towers Over its Competition with its Best Non-Oscar Week in Over 1 Year

ABC Claims 6 of the Top 10 TV Shows for the Week in Adults 18-49, with Coverage Of the 2012 NBA Finals, "Megastunts" on Friday and "The Bachelorette" on Monday

On Average, ABC's 2012 NBA Finals is Generating the Series' Biggest Overall Audience in 11 Years and its Highest Adult 18-49 Number in 8 Years

Winning the Night, ABC Posts its Best Summertime Monday since Early Last August

Up for the 2nd Week in a Row, "The Bachelorette" is Monday's Most-Watched Show

ABC's "Castle" Scores its 2nd-Highest-Ever Summer Rating with Adults 18-49

ABC's Coverage of the 2012 NBA Finals Game 1 Dominates Tuesday, Hitting its Best-Ever Primetime Results with the Opening Night of The Finals

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 1" Sees Broad Primetime Exposure, Up By 83% in Viewers and by 100% in Adults 18-49 Over its Late-Night Averages

Scoring the Series' Most-Watched-Ever Start on ABC, the 2012 NBA Finals Opens with the Biggest Audience for Any Game 1 Since 2001

ABC Outdelivers CBS, NBC and Fox Combined on Thursday Night in Adults 18-49

In Viewers and Young Adults, the Net Tallies its Top Thursday in More Than 1 Year

ABC's 2012 NBA Finals Pulls the Highest Game 2 Rating with Men 18-34 in 14 Years

ABC's Coverage of Nik Wallenda's "Highwire Walk Over Niagara Falls" Dominates Friday with the Network's Biggest Audience on the Night Since November 2007

"Megastunts" Draws ABC's Biggest Audience in its 9-11pm Time Slot in 5-1/2 Years And is Friday's Top Non-Sports Summer Telecast on the Major Nets in Over 6 Years

With the NBA Finals on Sunday, ABC Beats the Other Nets Combined in Adults 18-49

ABC Marks its Biggest Sunday Since February with its "Academy Awards" Broadcast

WEEK No. 39:

With coverage of the 2012 NBA Finals and Nik Wallenda's "Highwire Walk Over Niagara Falls" during the week (w/o 6/11/12), ABC scored a dominant first-place finish, leading runner up NBC by 36% in Total Viewers (8.3 million vs. 6.1 million) and by 88% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/10 vs. 1.6/5). In fact, ABC ranked No. 1 on 5 of 7 nights in viewers and 4 of 7 nights in young adults.

· ABC marked its most-watched non-Oscar week since November and its top rated in Adults 18-49 in over 1 year - since w/o 11/21/11 and 6/6/11, respectively.

Rankings: ABC claimed 6 of the Top 10 TV programs for the week among Adults 18-49 (the most for any net), including each of the Top 3 shows with the 2012 NBA Finals: "NBA Finals on ABC-GM 2" - No. 1, "NBA Finals on ABC-GM1" - No. 2, "NBA Finals on ABC-GM3" - No. 3, "Megastunts" - No. 8, while "The Bachelorette" and "Kia NBA Countdown-GM1" tied for No. 10. In addition, with Games 1-3 of the 2012 NBA Finals and "Megastunts" on Friday, the Net delivered 4 of the Top 5 most-watched TV shows overall. In fact, Games 1-3 of ABC's NBA Finals stand as TV's Top 3 telecasts in Adults 18-49 since the beginning of April, and "Megastunts" qualifies as Friday's most-watched non-sports summertime telecast on the major nets since 2005.

Monday

With "The Bachelorette" and a repeat airing of "Castle," ABC finished as Monday's most-watched TV network (6.6 million), winning the night over Fox (+8% - 6.1 million), CBS (+16% - 5.7 million) and NBC (+35% - 4.2 million). In addition, the Net earned second place on the evening in Adults 18-49 (1.9/5) to Fox's all-original lineup ("Hell's Kitchen"/"MasterChef").

· In viewers and young adults, ABC marked its strongest summertime (Memorial Day- Labor Day) Monday since the beginning of last August - since 8/8/11.

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

At 8:00 p.m., ABC's "The Bachelorette" won its 2-hour time period to emerge as Monday's most-watched TV show overall (7.4 million). In addition, the ABC unscripted series led its slot for the 4th week running across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54), standing as the night's No. 1 TV series for the 4th consecutive week among its core Women 18-34 audience.

· Up for the 2nd week in a row in Total Viewers (+9% - 7.4 million vs. 6.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+5% - 2.3/7 vs. 2.2/6), "The Bachelorette" produced ABC's top summertime numbers in the time slot since last July - since 7/25/11.

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

In the 10 o'clock hour, ABC's "Castle" scored its 2nd highest-rated-ever summer number with Adults 18-49 (1.1/3).

Tuesday

With coverage of the 2012 NBA Finals Game 1 between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC dominated Tuesday night, outrunning its nearest competitors by 4.1 million viewers (11.3 million vs. 7.2 million - CBS) and by 124% in Adults 18-49 (4.7/14 vs. 2.1/6 - NBC and Fox tied). The Net also took full control of the night with Adults 18-34, Adults 25-54 and across all key Men (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54), defeating all-original unscripted competition on both NBC ("American Ninja Warrior"/"America's Got Talent"/"Love in the Wild") and Fox ("Hell's Kitchen"/"MasterChef").

· Building over last year's numbers with the opening night of the high-rated 2011 Miami-Dallas NBA Finals (on 5/31/11) in Total Viewers (+4% - 11.3 million vs. 10.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+4% - 4.7/13 vs. 4.5/13), ABC posted its best-ever primetime results with Game 1 of The Finals - ABC began carriage of the NBA Finals in 2003.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 1" (Various Time Periods)

Airing around the NBA Finals in various time periods across the country, "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night" generated broad exposure for the ABC late-night talker in primetime. On average, "JKL Game Night" shot up by 83% in Total Viewers (3.3 million vs. 1.8 million) and by 100% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3 vs. 0.5/2) over the show's 2011-12 TV Season averages in late night. During the just-completed season, ABC's "JKL" wrapped its most-watched season in 5 years (best since 2006-07), representing the show's 2nd-biggest audience in its 10-year history.

"NBA Finals on ABC Game 1" (9:04 - 11:46 p.m. E.T.)

Featuring the Miami Heat at the Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC's 2012 NBA Finals Game 1 towered over its primetime competition and finished as Tuesday's definitive No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers (16.2 million) and across each of the key Adult demographics: A18-34 (7.0/22), A18-49 (6.9/19) and A25-54 (6.9/17). Oklahoma City won the opening game of the series by a score of 105-94 to lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. In fact, among Adults 18-49, the 2012 NBA Finals Game 1 stands as the No. 1 TV telecast since the beginning of April (since 4/2/12), notably topping the "American Idol" finale in May by 8% (6.9/19 vs. 6.4/18 on 5/23/12).

· Game 1 of the 2012 Finals was up solidly over the first game of last year's Miami-Dallas matchup in viewers (+7% - 16.2 million vs. 15.2 million) and young adults (+6% - 6.9/19 vs. 6.5/18).

· Qualifying as the most-watched start ever on ABC, the 2012 NBA Finals drew the biggest audience for any Game 1 in 11 years - since 2001. In addition, ABC hit its highest-ever NBA Finals Game 1 numbers among Adults 18-34 (7.0/22), Men 18-34 (9.0/29-tie) and Teens 12-17 (4.6/17).

Thursday

With its continuing coverage of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC towered over Thursday night, leading its closest competitor by 4.3 million viewers (11.4 million vs. 7.1 million - CBS) and beating the combined delivery of CBS, NBC and Fox by 21% among Adults 18-49 (4.7/15 vs. 3.9/12). In fact, the Network finished No. 1 for the 2nd consecutive evening with its broadcast of the 2012 NBA Finals in Total Viewers and across all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).

· In viewers and young adults, ABC scored its strongest Thursday in more than 1 year - since 6/9/11 with Game 5 of the 2011 Dallas-Miami NBA Finals.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2" (Various Time Periods)

Airing around the NBA Finals in various time periods across the country, "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night" continued to garner broad exposure for the ABC late-night talker in prime. On average, "JKL Game Night" surged by 61% in Total Viewers (2.9 million vs. 1.8 million) and by 80% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.5/2) over the show's 2011-12 season averages in late night.

"NBA Finals on ABC Game 2" (9:04 - 11:55 p.m. E.T.)

Featuring the Miami Heat at the Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC's 2012 NBA Finals Game 2 shot to the top of primetime to stand as Thursday's dominant No. 1 TV show in Total Viewers (16.7 million) and across each of the key Adult demographics: A18-34 (7.5/26), A18-49 (7.1/22) and A25-54 (7.1/19). It was the 2nd night in a row for the 2012 NBA Finals to register as the No. 1 TV program in viewers and key adults. The Heat held off the Thunder by a score of 100-96 to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

· In Viewers and all key Adult demographics, it was the biggest NBA Finals Game 2 ever on ABC (the net began carriage in 2003), going back 11 years - since 2001 with LA-Philadelphia. Additionally, ABC delivered the highest-rated Game 2 in 14 years with Men 18-34 (9.8/35) - since 1998 with Chicago-Utah.

· Among Adults 18-49, the first two games of the 2012 NBA Finals qualify as the Top 2 highest-rated TV telecasts since the beginning of April - since 4/2/12.

Friday

With coverage surrounding Nik Wallenda's highwire walk directly over the precipice at Niagara Falls, ABC won Friday evening by huge margins over its nearest net rival with Total Viewers (+89% - 8.7 million vs. 4.6 million - CBS), Adults 18-49 (+133% - 2.1/8 vs. 0.9/3 - NBC) and Adults 25-54 (+117% - 2.6/8 vs. 1.2/4 - NBC). ABC's night was anchored by Josh Elliott and ESPN's Hannah Storm, and featured reporting from Elliott, Storm, Bill Weir and Sam Champion.

· ABC marked its most-watched Friday since November 2007 (11/30/07).

"Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

During the 8 o'clock hour, ABC's "Countdown to Niagara: The Greatest Megastunts of All Time" ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (5.7 million), Adults 18-49 (1.2/5) and Adults 25-54 (1.5/5).

· The countdown special generated ABC's biggest summertime (Memorial Day-Labor Day) audience in the time slot in 6 years - since 6/23/06.

"Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" ranked as Friday's No. 1 TV program overall and dominated its time period competition, more than doubling the delivery of NBC's 2-hour "Dateline" in Total Viewers (+119% - 10.3 million vs. 4.7 million), Adults 18-49 (+127% - 2.5/9 vs. 1.1/4) and Adults 25-54 (+107% - 3.1/10 vs. 1.5/5) in head-to-head competition. In fact, ABC's "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" stood as the strongest non-sports summertime Friday telecast on the major networks since 2005 on all 3 Nielsen measures - since 9/2/05.

· "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" turned in ABC's biggest audience in the 2-hour time period in more than 5-1/2 years - since 12/1/06.

· Building steadily throughout its telecast, the "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls - Live!" shot up by 5.9 million viewers, by 106% in Adults 18-49 and by 120% in Adults 25-54 from its first half hour to its final half hour. The special drew massive numbers during its final half hour, pulling in 13.3 million viewers, a 3.5/12 in Adults 18-49 and a 4.4/13 in Adults 25-54 from 10:30-11:00 p.m.

Sunday

Featuring the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, ABC shot to the top of Sunday night, leading runner-up NBC's with its U.S. Open Golf coverage by 1.8 million viewers (12.2 million vs. 10.4 million) and once again topping the combined deliveries of CBS, NBC and Fox by double-digits in Adults 18-49 (+13% - 5.1/16 vs. 4.5/14). In fact, the Net ranked No. 1 for the 3rd consecutive night with its telecast of the 2012 NBA Finals in Total Viewers and across all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).

· In viewers and young adults, ABC scored its biggest Sunday night since February, with its "Academy Awards" broadcast - since 2/26/12.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 3" (Various Time Periods)

Airing around the NBA Finals in various time periods across the country, "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night" delivered wide exposure for the ABC late-night talker in prime. On average, "JKL Game Night" surged by 50% in Total Viewers (2.7 million vs. 1.8 million) and by 80% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.5/2) over the show's 2011-12 season averages in late night.

· "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 3" was up from its comparable telecast last year (2.5 million and 0.7/3 on 6/5/12) in both viewers (+8%) and young adults (+29%).

"NBA Finals on ABC Game 3" (8:05 - 11:00 p.m. E.T.)

With the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Miami Heat, ABC's 2012 NBA Finals Game overshadowed primetime to register as Sunday's clear No. 1 TV show in Total Viewers (15.6 million) and across each of the key Adult demographics: A18-34 (6.8/23), A18-49 (6.5/19) and A25-54 (6.6/17). It was the 3rd straight evening for the 2012 NBA Finals to qualify as the No. 1 TV program in viewers and key adults. The Heat defeated the Thunder by a score of 91-85 to lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

· On average through 3 games, the 2012 NBA Finals is up year to year by 5% in Total Viewers (16.1 million vs. 15.3 million) and by 6% in Adults 18-49 (6.8/20 vs. 6.4/18). The 2012 NBA Finals is putting up the series' largest overall audience in 11 years and its top young adult number in 8 years - since 2001 and 2004, respectively.

· Among Adults 18-49, the first three games of the 2012 NBA Finals stand as the Top 3 highest-rated TV telecasts since the beginning of April - since 4/2/12.

Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 06/11/12.





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· DATELINE NBC (NBC)
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· LOVE IN THE WILD (NBC)
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