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[09/30/13 - 08:43 AM]
ABC's Sunday Dramas Open with Strong Gains Over the January-May Averages
ABC spins the numbers for Sunday, September 29.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC's Sunday Dramas Open with Strong Gains Over the Jan-May Averages

ABC Sunday Prime (7-11pm - 6.7 million and 2.0/5 in AD18-49): Opposite NBC's Sunday Night Football and an NFL overrun-boosted Fox, ABC beat its non-sports competition on Sunday night by 25% in Adults 18-49 (CBS = 1.6/4). ABC's season premieres of Once Upon a Time (2.6/7) and Revenge (2.4/6) opened as Sunday's top-rated broadcast dramas in Adults 18-49, leading by strong margins over CBS' season openers of The Good Wife (1.5/3) and The Mentalist (1.6/4).

Once Upon a Time Recap Special (7-8pm - 5.1 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49).

Once Upon a Time (8-9pm - 8.5 million and 2.6/7 in AD18-49): Building sharply on its lead-in at 8pm, ABC's season opener of Once Upon a Time was the #1 entertainment program in the 8 o'clock hour, leading season premieres of CBS' Amazing Race (+30% - 2.0/6) and Fox's NFL-led comedies (+4% - 2.5/7 for The Simpsons/Bob's Burgers). Topping its May finale (+13% - 2.3/7), Once Upon a Time was also up 13% from its Jan-May average for originals in Adults 18-49 (Jan 6-May 12 L+SD originals = 2.3/6). In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, Once Upon a Time earned its highest numbers since January - since 1/6/13 and 1/13/13, respectively. The ABC drama was the #1 most social broadcast series of the evening with 136,627 tweets, the highest number ever for the show.

Revenge (9-10pm - 8.0 million and 2.4/6 in AD18-49): Retaining 92% of its lead-in at 9pm, ABC's Revenge opener beat out CBS' The Good Wife opener in the hour by 60% in Adults 18-49 (2.4/6 vs. 1.5/3). Like its lead-in, Revenge outdelivered its May finale (+41% - 1.7/5) and was up 33% over its Jan-May average for originals (Jan 6-May 12 L+SD originals = 1.8/4). The ABC drama drew its biggest audience since October and equaled its best young adult rating since November - since 10/28/12 and 11/11/12, respectively.

Betrayal (10-11pm - 5.3 million and 1.5/4 in AD18-49): In Adults 18-49, the series debut of Betrayal was up over ABC's most-recent drama debut in the hour (+7% - 1.4/4 for Red Widow on 3/3/13) and topped the drama's overall average by 36% (1.1/3 - L+SD March 3-May 5). In the 10 o'clock hour, the new ABC drama ran neck-and-neck with CBS' season premiere of The Mentalist in Adults 18-49 and led with Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49).

Quick Take for Sunday, September 29, 2013 (Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC's "Once Upon A Time" Opens with its Strongest Performance Since January

Posting its 2nd-Best-Ever Retention, "Revenge" Pulls its Best Results Since Last Fall

"Betrayal" is Up from ABC's Most-Recent Drama Debut in Sunday's 10pm Hour

ABC Sunday Prime (7:00-11:00 p.m. - 6.7 million and 2.0/5 in AD18-49)

Opposite NBC's Sunday Night Football and an NFL overrun-boosted Fox, ABC beat its non-sports competition on Sunday night by 25% in Adults 18-49 (CBS = 1.6/4). ABC's season premieres of "Once Upon a Time" (2.6/7) and "Revenge" (2.4/6) opened as Sunday's top-rated broadcast dramas in Adults 18-49, leading by strong margins over CBS' season openers of "The Good Wife" (1.5/3) and "The Mentalist" (1.6/4).

"Once Upon a Time" (8:00-9:00 p.m. - 8.5 million and 2.6/7 in AD18-49)

Building sharply on its lead-in at 8:00 p.m., ABC's season opener of "Once Upon a Time" was the

No. 1 entertainment program in the 8 o'clock hour in Adults 18-49, leading season premieres of CBS' "Amazing Race" (+30% - 2.0/6) and Fox's NFL-led comedies (+4% - 2.5/7 for "The Simpsons"/"Bob's Burgers"). The ABC drama was the No. 1 most social broadcast series of the evening with 136,627 tweets, the highest number ever for the show.

· Topping its May finale (+13% - 2.3/7), "Once Upon a Time" was also up 13% from its Jan-May average for originals in Adults 18-49 (Jan 6-May 12 L+SD originals = 2.3/6). In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, "Once Upon a Time" earned its highest numbers since January - since 1/6/13 and 1/13/13, respectively.

"Revenge" (9:00-10:00 p.m. - 8.0 million and 2.4/6 in AD18-49)

Retaining 92% of its lead-in at 9:00 p.m. (2nd-best-ever), ABC's "Revenge" opener beat out CBS' "The Good Wife" opener in the hour by 60% in Adults 18-49 (2.4/6 vs. 1.5/3).

· Like its lead-in, "Revenge" outdelivered its May finale (+41% - 1.7/5) and was up 33% over its Jan-May average for originals (Jan 6-May 12 L+SD originals = 1.8/4). The ABC drama drew its biggest audience since October and equaled its best young adult rating since November - since 10/28/12 and 11/11/12, respectively.

"Betrayal" (10:00-11:00 p.m. - 5.3 million and 1.5/4 in AD18-49)

In Adults 18-49, the series debut of "Betrayal" was up over ABC's most-recent drama debut in the hour (+7% - 1.4/4 for "Red Widow" from 10:00-11:00 p.m. on 3/3/13) and topped the drama's original average during its run by 36% (1.1/3 - L+SD March 3-May 5). In the 10 o'clock hour, the new ABC drama ran neck-and-neck with CBS' season premiere of "The Mentalist" in Adults 18-49 (1.5/4 vs. 1.6/4) and led with Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49).

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 48% currently, from 45% at the same point in 2011. 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. Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 09/29/13.





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· AMAZING RACE, THE (CBS)
· BETRAYAL (ABC)
· BOB'S BURGERS (FOX)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· MENTALIST, THE (CBS)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)









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