Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ABC Ratings - March 2018

ABC’s Tuesday Comedies Improve Across the Board; ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Finale Hits a 9-Week High

Quick Take for Tuesday, March 20, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC’s Tuesday Comedies Improve Across the Board

‘The Middle’ Jumps by Double Digits Week to Week

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Finale Closes at a 9-Week High and Holds Even Year to Year

Since the First Week in January, ‘black-ish’ Spikes 22% to Its Highest Rating

ABC’s Tuesday Primetime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.6 million and 0.9/4 in AD18-49):
ABC saw each of its Tuesday comedies grow, delivering the biggest week-to-week increases on the night.

  • At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “The Middle” was the night’s 2nd biggest gainer (behind only “black-ish”), jumping 21% in Total Viewers (5.8 million vs. 4.8 million) and 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/6 vs. 1.1/5) to score 9-week highs – since 1/16/18.



  • At 8:30 p.m., ABC’s season finale of “Fresh Off the Boat” advanced week to week by 18% in Total Viewers (3.6 million vs. 3.1 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 0.9/3), earning its best numbers in the half-hour in 6 weeks with viewers and in 9 weeks among young adults – since 2/6/18 and 1/16/18, respectively. The ABC comedy held even with its year-ago May finale (on 5/16/17).

  • At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “black-ish” experienced the most week-to-week growthfor any Tuesday broadcast, with spikes of 30% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.0 million) and 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 0.9/3), posting its highest numbers since the first week of January– since 1/2/18. In addition, “black-ish” posted its biggest-yet advantages over Fox’s “LA to Vegas” (2.2 million and 0.6/2), beating the new comedy by 77% in Total Viewers and 83% in young adults.



  • At 9:30 p.m., ABC’s repeat “Modern Family” beat Fox’s first-run “The Mick” in the half-hour by 1.1 million viewers (3.1 million vs. 2.0 million) and by 14% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.7/2).

  • At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “For The People” tied for 2nd in its hour among Adults 18-49 (0.6/3). The new ABC drama delivered strong Live + 3 Day gains for its week-ago series debut, adding +1.6 million viewers (3.2 million to 4.8 million) and +38% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 to 1.1/5) to its L+SD deliveries.

                                                
Projections Rationale: 
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on the 2017-18 season for premiere telecast or an average for originals (excluding the premiere).
Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New Series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/20/18.  

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ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers for the Week of March 12

March 20, 2018
Ratings Report: ABC News’ “Nightline”
For Week of March 12, 2018
‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers for the Week of March 12
‘Nightline’ Improves Week to Week and Year Over Year Across the Board
‘Nightline’ Delivers Most Watched Week in 4 Months,
Best News Demo Performance in 5 Months and Scores 2nd Strongest Adults 25-54 Performance of the Season
Season to Date, ‘Nightline’ Leads CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show’ in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49
ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.445 million) during the week of March 12, 2018, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “Nightline” outdelivered CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (1.245 million) by 200,000 and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.402 million) by 43,000.
For the 3rd straight week, “Nightline” improved over the previous week (1.334 million, 502,000 and 383,000, respectively, for w/o 3/5/18) in Total Viewers (+8%), Adults 25-54 (+11%) and Adults 18-49 (+9%), seeing its most watched week in 4 months and best news demo performance in 5 months – since weeks of 11/6/17 and 10/2/17, respectively. In fact, “Nightline” turned in its 2nd strongest Adults 25-54 delivery of the season.
“Nightline” saw gains on the year-ago week (1.395 million, 513,000 and 391,000, respectively, for w/o 3/13/17) in all key target measures: Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%).
Season to date, “Nightline” is beating CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in Adults 25-54 (+22,000 – 521,000 vs. 499,000) and Adults 18-49 (+25,000 – 395,000 vs. 370,000). The two shows are tied in Total Viewers (1.421 million).
Stories reported on “Nightline” last week included the nationwide student walkout protesting gun violence in the wake of last month’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school; a visit to Pennsylvania to examine the tight race between Trump-backed Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb in the 18th Congressional District special election; an Illinois man who was abandoned as a baby searching for his birth family; and interviews with actress Michelle Rodriguez, HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky and co-founder Rus Yusupov, and the cast of “Love, Simon” with special correspondent Gus Kenworthy.
NOTE: CBS’ “The Late Late Show” was delayed on Thursday (3/15/18) and Friday (3/16/18) and each telecast was retitled due to NCAA basketball; ratings for both days are excluded from the averages. “The Late Late Show”’s averages are based on 3 days (Monday–Wednesday), while “Nightline” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” are based on 5 days.
ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Steven Baker is executive producer. The program airs weeknights, from 12:35-1:05 a.m. EDT, on The ABC Television Network. Together with “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Nightline” is part of ABC’s winning late-night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming. 
Week of March 12, 2018:
PROGRAM AVERAGES          TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg   A18-49(000)/Rtg
ABC’s “Nightline”                                1,445,000              559,000/0.5            419,000/0.3
CBS’ “The Late Late Show”                  1,245,000              429,000/0.4            314,000/0.2
NBC “Late Night”                                  1,402,000              559,000/0.5            437,000/0.3
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD, 2016-17 Current Week (w/o 3/12/18), Previous Week (3/5/18) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 3/13/17).  Season-to-Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 3/18/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 3/19/17).  Averages based on regular telecasts.  “Nightline” premiered in its new time period in January 2013. “Seth Meyers” premiered in February 2014. “James Corden” premiered in March 2015. 
ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Holds 92% of its Week-Ago Monday Premiere Audience and ‘The Good Doctor’ Wins at 10 p.m.

Quick Take for Monday, March 19, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Holds 92% of its Week-Ago Monday Premiere Audience

ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’ Dominates at 10 p.m. by 60% Over NBC’s ‘Good Girls’

ABC Monday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 8.2 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49):
With “American Idol” and “The Good Doctor,” ABC once again finished a strong 2nd to “The Voice”-led NBC on Monday night in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.8/7) and moved ahead of NBC to win the 10 o’clock hour with “The Good Doctor” dominating “Good Girls” (1.6/6 vs. 1.0/4). ABC’s “American Idol” and “The Good Doctor” tied as Monday’s No. 2 TV show in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6), trailing only “The Voice.” “The Good Doctor” also qualified as Monday’s No. 1 scripted show in viewers and young adults. 
                                  
“American Idol” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 7.7 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49):
Opposite NBC’s “The Voice” from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ABC’s “American Idol” took 2nd place in Total Viewers (7.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.6/6). “Idol” tied “The Voice” as Monday’s No. 1 TV show with Female Teens 12-17. 

  • The new ABC unscripted series held 92% of its week-ago premiere delivery on the night with Total Viewers and 89% in Adults 18-49.



“The Good Doctor” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 9.1 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49):
At 10:00 p.m., “The Good Doctor” moved ABC into 1st place by a margin of 60% over runner-up NBC’s “Good Girls” in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.0/4). “The Good Doctor” was also the most watched show overall on Monday from 10:00-11:00 p.m. (9.1 million).   

  • “The Good Doctor” improved its time slot for ABC from the year-ago night by triple digits in viewers (+176% – 9.1 million vs. 3.3 million) and young adults (+129% – 1.6/6 vs. 0.7/3).



Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/19/18.  

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ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Builds to a 10-Week High in Adults 18-49 to Virtually Tie NBC's Fallon as the Week’s No. 1 Late-Night Talk Show

March 20, 2018

ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Week of March 12, 2018

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Builds to 10-Week Highs in Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC’s ‘Kimmel’ Improves on the Year-Ago Week in Adults 18-49,
While CBS’ ‘Colbert’ and NBC’s ‘Fallon’ Fall by Double Digits

‘Kimmel’ Beats CBS’ ‘Colbert’ and Virtually Ties NBC’s ‘Fallon’ in Adults 18-49 

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (M-F, 11:35 p.m.)
During the week of March 12, 2018, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” grew over the prior week by 8% in Total Viewers (2.341 million vs. 2.174 million) and 7% in Adults 18-49 (648,000 vs. 605,000) to 10-week highs – since the week of 1/1/18. In fact, “Kimmel” tied its 2nd best performance this season among Adults 18-49, behind only the first week of 2018.

Growing over the same week last year by 3% in Adults 18-49 (631,000 on w/o 3/13/17), ABC’s “Kimmel” was the only 11:35 p.m. talk show to improve year over year, as CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (-20%) and NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (-23%) dropped by double digits.

Despite airing a repeat telecast on Friday versus three original broadcasts for “Colbert” and five originals for “Fallon,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” outdelivered “Colbert” by 16% among Adults 18-49 (648,000 vs. 559,000) and stood less than 100,000 Adult 18-49 viewers from “Fallon” (648,000 vs. 743,000) to rank as the week’s No. 1 late-night talk show.

PROGRAM AVERAGES           Total Viewers              A18-49 (000)
ABC’s “Kimmel”                                       2,341,000                     648,000
CBS’  “Colbert”                              3,105,000                     559,000
NBC’s “Fallon”                              2,493,000                     743,000

Please note: Due to NCAA basketball tournament coverage on Thursday (3/15/18) and Friday (3/16/18), CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was re-titled and excluded from the show’s averages.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for the weeks of 3/12/18, 3/5/18 and 3/13/17 or as dated.

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ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Is Sunday’s No. 1 Show and Triples Its 2-Hour Slot Year to Year

Quick Take for Sunday, March 18, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)
 
ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Is Sunday’s No. 1 Show and Triples Its Slot Year to Year

‘Deception’ Is No. 1 at 10 p.m. Over NBC’s ‘Timeless’ and CBS’ ‘Madam Secretary’

ABC Sunday Prime (7:00-11:00 p.m. – 6.2 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49): 
On a busy Sunday of debuts/premieres as well as CBS’ NCAA Basketball Tournament coverage running well into the first hour of primetime, ABC ranked No. 1 on the night in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 tied w/CBS). 

  • ABC’s “American Idol” emerged as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast show for the 2nd straight weekin Adults 18-49 (1.8/6). ABC’s “Deception” ranked No. 1 at 10:00 p.m. for the 2nd week in a rowin Adults 18-49 (0.9/3).

                                                                     

  • With the addition of “American Idol” boosting the night, ABC’s Sunday delivery shot up over an all-original lineup on the same night last year by 121% in Total Viewers (6.2 million vs. 2.8 million) and by 117% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 0.6/2).

“American Idol” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 7.7 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49):
Building sharply on its lead-in at 8:00 p.m. and gaining audience from its first to second hour, ABC’s “American Idol” beat out the series debuts of CBS’ “Instinct” and NBC’s “Genius Junior” to rank No. 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6).

  • “American Idol” tripled ABC’s delivery in the 2-hour time period year to year, rising over the year-ago night with “Once Upon a Time” and “Time After Time” by 234% in Total Viewers (7.7 million vs. 2.3 million) and by 200% Adults 18-49 (1.8/6 vs. 0.6/2). 



“Deception” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 4.2 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49):
In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Deception” finished No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3), beating NBC’s “Timeless” by 29% (0.7/3) and CBS’ “Madam Secretary” by 50% (0.6/3). “Deception” improved its hour by wide margins for ABC from the same night last year with “American Crime” in Total Viewers (+121% – 4.2 million vs. 1.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+125% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.4/2).

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/18/18.

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ABC’s ‘HTGAWM’ Finale Builds by Double Digits to Its 2nd Largest Audience this Season

March 16, 2018

Quick Take for Thursday, March 15, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Emerges as Thursday’s No. 1 TV Show

 ‘HTGAWM’ Finale Builds by Double Digits to Season’s 2nd Largest Audience

ABC Thursday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.4 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49):
Opposite CBS’ primetime NCAA Basketball Playoff coverage, ABC’s TGIT lineup was the No. 1 choice for entertainment programming on Thursday in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5), dominating NBC by 63% (0.8/3) and more than doubling Fox (+117% – 0.6/2). With consistently strong TV Playback for its Thursday dramas, ABC is projected to move ahead of CBS and straight out take the night in the Live + 7 Day Adult 18-49 ratings.

  • At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” emerged as Thursday’s No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers (7.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.8/8). “Grey’s” grew week to week in viewers (+1%) and young adults (+6%).



  • At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “Scandal” added viewers week to week(+4% – 4.9 million vs. 4.7 million) and held even with Adults 18-49 (1.1/4). 

  • During the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s season finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” surged 18% week to week in Total Viewers (4.0 million vs. 3.4 million) and gained 11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 0.9/4), drawing its 2nd largest overall audience this season. The ABC drama was the No. 1 series in the hour with Adults 18-49.



Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 3/15/18.

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Coming Off the Oscars, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Posts Multi-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Week of March 5, 2018

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Posts Multi-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC’s ‘Kimmel’ Tops CBS’ ‘Colbert’ in Adults 18-49
to Rank as the Week’s No. 2 Late-Night Talk Show

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (M-F, 11:35 p.m.)
Fresh off Jimmy Kimmel’s 2nd straight year as host of the Academy Awards® during the week of March 5, 2018, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” drew its largest audience in 8 weeks(2.174 million) and delivered a 5-week high in Adults 18-49 (605,000) – since the weeks of 1/8/18 and 1/29/18, respectively.

Despite airing a repeat telecast on Friday versus five original broadcasts for “Colbert,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” outdelivered CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” by 7% among Adults 18-49 (605,000 vs. 563,000) to rank as the week’s No. 2 late-night talk show.

PROGRAM AVERAGES           Total Viewers              A18-49 (000)
ABC’s “Kimmel”                                       2,174,000                     605,000
CBS’  “Colbert”                              3,211,000                     563,000
NBC’s “Fallon”                              2,300,000                    737,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for the week of 3/5/18 or as dated.

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ABC’s ‘For The People’ Debuts to 5-Month Highs in Tuesday’s 10 p.m. Hour

Quick Take for Tuesday, March 13, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC’s ‘For The People’ Debuts to 5-Month Highs in Tuesday’s 10 p.m. Hour

“For The People” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.2 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49):
Building 14% on its “black-ish” lead-in against notable competition at 10:00 p.m. in viewers, the debut of “For The People” pulled in ABC’s biggest series audience (3.2 million) and highest Adult 18-49 number (0.8/3) to Tuesday’s 10 o’clock hour in 5 months– since 10/17/17. The new ABC drama held 100% of its Adult 18-49 audience from its first half-hour to second half-hour.

  • ABC’s “For The People” faced stiff competition in the hour from the series debut of NBC’s “Rise,” coming out of the highly rated “This Is Us” finale. Although the new NBC drama enjoyed a huge lead-in from “This Is Us,” “Rise” dropped at 10:00 p.m. by –47% in Total Viewers (5.7 million vs. 10.8 million) and by –52% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 2.7/10).



Projections Rationale: 
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on the 2017-18 season for premiere telecast or an average for originals (excluding the premiere).
Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New Series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/13/18.  

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‘The View’ Improves Over Previous Week Across the Board and Grows From Same Week Last Year in Total Viewers

Ratings Report for ABC’s ‘The View’
For Week of March 5, 2018

‘The View’ Improves Over Previous Week Across the Board and Grows From Same Week Last Year in Total Viewers

ABC’s ‘The View’ Outdelivers ‘The Talk’ In All Key Target Demos

Year to Year, ‘The View’ Widens Its Advantages Over ‘The Talk’ in All Key Target Demos and Week to Week in Total Viewers and Women 18-49

Season to Date, ‘The View’ Is Posting Gains in Total Viewers, 
Marking Its Most-Watched Season in 3 Years
and Is Delivering Its Largest Season Leads Over ‘The Talk’ in Total Viewers and Women 25-54 in 5 Years

ABC’s “The View” averaged 2.940 million Total Viewers, 481,000 Women 25-54 and 357,000 Women 18-49, during the week of March 5, 2018, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “The View” outperformed CBS’ “The Talk” (2.536 million, 418,000 and 278,000, respectively) during the week in Total Viewers (+404,000), Women 25-54 (+63,000) and Women 18-49 (+79,000).
“The View” improved on the previous week (2.866 million, 476,000 and 342,000, respectively, for w/o 2/26/18) in Total Viewers (+3%), Women 25-54 (+1%) and Women 18-49 (+4%).

“The View” grew from the same week last year in Total Viewers (+13% – 2.940 million vs. 2.605 million).

“The View” widened its advantages over “The Talk” year to year in Total Viewers (404,000 vs. 9,000), Women 25-54 (+63,000 vs. 53,000) and Women 18-49 (+79,000 vs. 47,000).

“The View” increased its leads over “The Talk” week to week in Total Viewers (404,000 vs. 367,000) and Women 18-49 (+79,000 vs. 71,000).

Season to date, “The View” is posting gains compared to the same point last season in Total Viewers (+1% – 2.964 million vs. 2.926 million), marking its most-watched season in 3 years – since the 2014-15 season. 

In addition, “The View” leads CBS’ “The Talk” across the board, increasing its advantages from the same point last season in Total Viewers (358,000 vs. 181,000), Women 25-54 (107,000 vs. 61,000) and Women 18-49 (72,000 vs. 68,000).  In fact, “The View” is posting its largest season leads over the CBS program in Total Viewers and Women 25-54 in 5 years – since the 2012-13 season.

Week of March 5, 2018:           

 PROGRAM AVERAGES     TOTAL VIEWERS    WOMEN 25-54(000)/Rtg    WOMEN 18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC’s “THE VIEW”             2,940,000                          481,000/0.8                      357,000/0.5
CBS’ “THE TALK”                2,536,000                          418,000/0.7                      278,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Women 25-54 and Women 18-49 Live + SD, 2017-18 Current Week (w/o 3/4/18), Previous Week (w/o 2/26/18) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 3/5/17). Season to Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 3/11/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 3/12/17). Averages based on regular telecasts. 

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Nightline’ Grows Week to Week By Double Digits in All Key Target Measures for the Week of March 5

Ratings Report: ABC News’ “Nightline”
For Week of March 5, 2018

‘Nightline’ Grows Week to Week By Double Digits in All Key Target Measures
for the Week of March 5

‘Nightline’ Beats CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ in Total Viewers,
Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

‘Nightline’ Delivers Closest Total Viewer Performance Against
NBC’s ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ in Four Months, Coming Within 10,000 Overall Viewers

Season to Date, ‘Nightline’ Leads CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show’ in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

ABC News’ “Nightline” averaged 1.334 million Total Viewers, 502,000 Adults 25-54 and 383,000 Adults 18-49, during the week of March 5, 2018 based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “Nightline” beat CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (1.278 million, 444,000 and 314,000, respectively) in Total Viewers (+56,000), Adults 25-54 (+58,000) Adults 18-49 (+69,000).
                                             
“Nightline” ran neck and neck in Total Viewers with NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” during the week as only 10,000 overall viewers separated the two programs (1.334 million vs. 1.344 million). In fact, “Nightline” turned in its closest Total Viewer performance with the NBC program in 4 months – since w/o 11/6/17, based on original telecasts. 

For the 2nd week in a row, “Nightline” saw week to week gains (1.214 million, 435,000 and 338,000, respectively, for w/o 2/26/18) in Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+15%) and Adults 18-49 (+13%).

Season to date, “Nightline” is beating CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” in Adults 25-54 (+18,000 – 519,000 vs. 501,000) and Adults 18-49 (+23,000 – 394,000 vs. 371,000).

Stories reported on Nightline last week included an in-depth look at how one woman’s affair turned into a nightmare of cyber-stalking; Juju Chang’s visit to South Korea meeting North Korean defectors who fled south and have tried to send information back home about life outside of the repressive regime; a feature on three women running for office in Texas who were first time candidates and could make history if they won; a breakdown of the latest details of Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against President Trump and what it could mean for him; and a sit down with Meghan McCain who talked about politics, becoming a co-host of "The View" and her father John McCain’s health.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Steven Baker is executive producer. The program airs weeknights, from 12:35-1:05 a.m. EST, on The ABC Television Network.  Together with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Nightline” is part of ABC’s winning late-night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming. 

Week of March 5, 2018:

PROGRAM AVERAGES          TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg   A18-49(000)/Rtg
ABC’s “Nightline”                                1,334,000              502,000/0.4            383,000/0.3
CBS’ “The Late Late Show”                  1,278,000              444,000/0.4            314,000/0.2
NBC “Late Night”                                  1,344,000              559,000/0.5            434,000/0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD, 2016-17 Current Week (w/o 3/5/18), Previous Week (2/26/18) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 3/6/17).  Season-to-Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 3/11/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 3/12/17).  Averages based on regular telecasts.  “Nightline” premiered in its new time period in January 2013. “Seth Meyers” premiered in February 2014. “James Corden” premiered in March 2015.

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ABC Wins with ‘American Idol’ as the No. 1 Show and a 5½-Year Sunday High

March 12, 2018

Quick Take for Sunday, March 11, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)
 
ABC Wins with ‘American Idol’ as the No. 1 Show and a 5½-Year Sunday High

‘Deception’ Is ABC’s Top Scripted Premiere in Its Slot Since September 2015

Sunday Night (3/11/18) – ABC Total Viewer and Adult 18-49 Projections Plus MP+35 Rating:
“AFV”: L3 = 6.4 million/1.2 rating and L7 = 6.6 million/1.2 rating
“Idol”: L3 = 12.0 million/2.7 rating and L7 = 12.5 million/2.9 rating
“Deception”: L3 = 8.9 million/2.0 rating and L7 = 9.7 million/2.3 rating

Live + Same Day Results:

ABC Sunday Prime (7:00-11:00 p.m. – 8.2 million and 1.7/7 in AD18-49): 
Propelled by the debuts of ABC’s “American Idol” and “Deception,” the Network dominated Sunday night by 70% over its nearest competition in Adults 18-49 (1.7/7 vs. 1.0/4 – Fox). ABC was also the most watched network overall on the evening (8.2 million) 

  • ABC’s “American Idol” opened as Sunday’s No. 1 show with Total Viewers (10.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.3/8). ABC‘s “Deception” debut ranked as the night’s No. 1 scripted broadcast with young adults (1.3/5) and was the No. 2 broadcast series of the night to “Idol.”



  • ABC generated its most watched Sunday (8.2 million) with series programming in 5-1/2 years since 9/30/12.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m. – 6.0 million and 1.1/5 in AD18-49):
At 7:00 p.m., ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” built on its last original airing three weeks ago by 1.0 million viewers (6.0 million vs. 5.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+22% – 1.1/5 vs. 0.9/4), delivering its 2nd most watched telecast this season.

“American Idol” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 10.3 million and 2.3/8 in AD18-49):
In its 8:00-10:00 p.m. debut opposite stiff competition from Fox’s OJ Simpson interview and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” ABC’s “American Idol” premiered with the Network’s biggest series audience (10.3 million) in the time period in 4 years and top Adult 18-49 rating (2.3/8) since November 2014 – since 3/9/14 and 11/16/14, respectively.

“Deception” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 6.1 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49):
In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Deception” debut ranked No. 1 in Adults 18-49, beating NBC’s “Timeless” premiere” by 63% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 0.8/3). “Deception” premiered sharply higher than ABC’s most recent debut in the hour (“Ten Days in the Valley” on 10/1/17), improving its slot by 79% in Total Viewers (6.1 million vs. 3.4 million) and by 160% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 0.5/2), standing as the Net’s top scripted premiere/debut in the time period since the series opener of “Quantico” in September 2015 (on 9/27/15).

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/11/18.

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ABC’s Wednesday Night Comedies Improve Across the Board

Quick Take for Wednesday, March 7, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)       

ABC’s Wednesday Night Comedies Improve Across the Board

Wednesday (3/7/18) – ABC Total Viewer and Adults 18-49 Projections Plus MP+35 Rating:  
“The Goldbergs”: L3 = 6.6 million/1.9 rating, L7 = 7.0 million/2.0 rating and MP+35 = 2.7 rating
“Speechless”: L3 = 5.2 million/1.5 rating, L7 = 5.6 million/1.7 rating and MP+35 = 2.0 rating
“Modern Family”: L3 = 7.2 million/2.2 rating, L7 = 8.1 million/2.5 rating and MP+35 = 3.9 rating
“American Housewife”: L3 = 5.5 million/1.6 rating, L7 = 6.0 million/1.7 rating and MP+35 = 2.3 rating
“Designated Survivor”: L3 = 6.5 million/1.2 rating, L7 = 7.6 million/1.5 rating and MP+35 = 2.0 rating
                                  
Live + Same Day Results:

ABC Wednesday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 4.4 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):
ABC’s Wednesday night comedies all increased week to week in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. The season’s top gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49, “Designated Survivor” held even with its week-ago midseason return.
                                                           

  • At 8:00 p.m., “The Goldbergs” grew over the previous week by 2% in Total Viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.4 million) and by 8% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/6 vs. 1.3/6).

  • At 8:30 p.m., “Speechless” rose over the prior week by 7% in viewers (4.4 million vs. 4.1 million) and 9% in young adults (1.2/5 vs. 1.1/4).



  • At 9:00 p.m., “Modern Family” gained 4% week to week in Total Viewers (5.2 million vs. 5.0 million) and 8% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.3/5).

  • In the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC’s “American Housewife” was up 2% from the prior week in viewers (4.2 million vs. 4.1 million) and 10% in young adults (1.1/4 vs. 1.0/4).



  • In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Designated Survivor” held even with its week-earlier midseason return in Adults 18-49 (0.6/3). ABC’s “Designated Survivor” is the season’s No. 1 broadcast series in TV Playback, as the ABC sophomore drama shoots up +138% in Adults 18-49 from L+SD to L+7.

Projections Rationale:
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on 2017-18 season averages for originals (excluding the premiere).
Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New Series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 3/7/18.

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ABC’s ‘The View’ Outdelivers ‘The Talk’ Across the Board and Widens Its Advantages Over the CBS Program Year to Year in All Key Target Demos

March 6, 2018

Ratings Report for ABC’s ‘The View’
For Week of Feb. 26, 2018

ABC’s ‘The View’ Outdelivers ‘The Talk’ Across the Board and Widens Its 
Advantages Over the CBS Program Year to Year in All Key Target Demos

Season to Date, ‘The View’ Is Posting Gains in Total Viewers, 
Marking Its Most Watched Season in 3 Years,
and Is Delivering Its Largest Season Leads Over ‘The Talk’ in Total Viewers and Women 25-54 in 5 Years

ABC’s “The View” averaged 2.866 million Total Viewers, 476,000 Women 25-54 and 342,000 Women 18-49, during the week of Feb. 26, 2018, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “The View” outdelivered CBS’ “The Talk” (2.499 million, 402,000 and 271,000, respectively) during the week in Total Viewers (+367,000), Women 25-54 (+74,000) and Women 18-49 (+71,000).

“The View” widened its advantages over “The Talk” year to year in Total Viewers (+182% – 367,000 vs. 130,000), Women 25-54 (+7% – 74,000 vs. 69,000) and Women 18-49 (+9% – 71,000 vs. 65,000).

“The View” was up over the prior week in Women 18-49 (+1% – 342,000 vs. 337,000). 

Season to date, “The View” is posting gains compared to the same point last season in Total Viewers (+1% – 2.962 million vs. 2.938 million), marking its most watched season in 3 years – since the 2014-15 season. 

In addition, “The View” leads CBS’ “The Talk” across the board, increasing its advantages from the same point last season in Total Viewers (355,000 vs. 187,000), Women 25-54 (108,000 vs. 61,000) and Women 18-49 (71,000 vs. 69,000).  In fact, “The View” is posting its largest season leads over the CBS program in Total Viewers and Women 25-54 in 5 years – since the 2012-13 season.

Week of Feb. 26, 2018:

PROGRAM AVERAGES     TOTAL VIEWERS    WOMEN 25-54(000)/Rtg    WOMEN 18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC’s “THE VIEW”             2,866,000                          476,000/0.8                      342,000/0.5
CBS’ “THE TALK”                2,499,000                          402,000/0.7                      271,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Women 25-54 and Women 18-49 Live + SD, 2017-18 Current Week (w/o 2/26/18), Previous Week (w/o 2/19/18) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 2/27/17). Season to Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 3/4/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 3/5/17). Averages based on regular telecasts. 

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ABC Scores a 15-Month Tuesday High With ‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’ as the No. 1 TV Show

Quick Take for Tuesday, March 6, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC Scores a 15-Month Tuesday High With ‘The Bachelor:
After the Final Rose’ Emerging as the No. 1 TV Show in Adults 18-49

‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ Season Finale Grows to Multiweek Highs

Live + Same Day Results:

ABC Tuesday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 6.0 million and 1.7/7 in AD18-49):
ABC nearly caught perennial Tuesday leader NBC in Adults 18-49 (1.7/7 vs. 1.9/7) and claimed the night’s No. 1 TV program, featuring a big turnout for “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” and multiweek highs for the first season finale of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.” ABC’s younger-skewing programming posted a dominant win on Tuesday with Adults 18-34, leading NBC’s lineup by 27% (1.4/8 vs. 1.1/6 for “The Voice”/”This Is Us”/”Chicago Med”).

  • ABC scored a new season high on Tuesday in Adults 18-49, posting its strongest delivery on the night in over 15 months – since 11/22/16.



  • Ranking No. 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.against NBC’s “The Voice” and “This Is Us,” ABC’s “After the Final Rose” emerged as Tuesday’s No. 1 TV show with Adults 18-49 (2.2/8 tied w/”This Is Us”). The ABC unscripted series was also the night’s highest-rated show in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49). In viewers (7.7 million) and young adults (2.2/8), “After the Final Rose” delivered new season highs for ABC to the 2-hour time slot. 

                                                        

  • In the 10 o’clock hour, the season 1 finale for “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” grew by double digits week to weekin Total Viewers (+24% – 2.6 million vs. 2.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+17% – 0.7/3 vs. 0.6/3), drawing its largest audience since the first of the year and equaling its best young adult number since October – since 1/2/18 and 10/17/17, respectively.



Projections Rationale: 
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on the 2017-18 season for premiere telecast or an average for originals (excluding the premiere).
Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New Series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/6/18.  

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ABC Dominates the Week With 10 of the Top 20 TV Shows and ‘The Oscars’ at No. 1

March 6, 2018

Primetime Rating Report for the Week of Feb. 26, 2018                        
(Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Dominates the Week With ‘The Oscars®’ and Strong Return for TGIT

The Net Delivers 10 of the Week’s Top 20 TV Shows With ‘The Oscars’ at No. 1

Week No. 23
Boosted by the “The Oscars,” the strong post-Olympics return of TGIT and the season’s penultimate episode of “The Bachelor” during the week of Feb. 26, 2018, ABC emerged as the most watched network overall(7.6 million) and beat its nearest competition by a margin of 73% in Adults 18-49(1.9/8 vs. 1.1/5 – NBC).

Rankings:  ABC’s 90th Annual Academy Awards® stood as the week’s No. 1 TV program in viewers and across all key demographic measures. The Net delivered 10 of the week’s Top 20 TV shows in Adults 18-49, landing 4 in the Top 10: “The Oscars” – No. 1, “Live from the Red Carpet 3” – No. 2, “Live from the Red Carpet 2” – No. 8, “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 10, “The Bachelor” – No. 11, “The Good Doctor,” “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family” tied at No. 17, while “The Middle” and “Scandal” tied at No. 20.
 
WEEK NO. 23:           ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS
            No.1   ABC  1.9          No.1  ABC      7,630,000
No.2   NBC  1.1          No.2  CBS       6,760,000
No.3   CBS   0.9          No.3  NBC      5,060,000
No.4   FOX   0.8          No.4  FOX       2,820,000
No.5   CW    0.4          No.5  CW        1,160,000



Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings for week of 2/26/18. 
ABC Wins Monday With ‘The Bachelor’ Finale Spiking by 22% to a Season High

March 6, 2018

Quick Take for Monday, March 5, 2018
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC Wins Monday With ‘The Bachelor’ Finale Spiking by 22% to a Season High


Monday Night (3/5/18) – ABC Total Viewer and Adult 18-49 Projections
“The Bachelor”: L3 = 9.3 million/2.9 rating and L7 = 9.8 million/3.1 rating

Live + Same Day Results:

ABC Monday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 7.8 million and 2.2/8 in AD18-49):
Featuring the 22nd season finale of “The Bachelor,” ABC won Monday night in Adults 18-49 over “The Voice”-led NBC (2.2/8 vs. 2.1/8). In addition, ABC dominated Monday’s prime with Adults 18-34, beating NBC by 58% (1.9/10 vs. 1.2/6) with “The Bachelor” as the night’s No. 1 TV show.

  • The Network scored a Monday season best in Adults 18-49 with its top entertainment rating on the evening in 1 year – since 3/13/17.



  • Airing from 8:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’s “The Bachelor” finale spiked to season highs, jumping week to week by 1.2 million viewers (7.8 million vs. 6.6 million) and by 22% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/8 vs. 1.8/7).   

Projections Rationale: 
Lifts vs. L+SD are based on the 2017-18 season for premiere telecast or an average for originals (excluding the premiere).
Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).
New Series: Based on similar series.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 3/5/18.  

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ABC Beats the Other Networks Combined by Triple Digits with Sunday’s ‘Oscars®’ Telecast

Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Based on Nielsen L+SD Fast National Ratings


ABC Beats the Other Networks Combined with Sunday’s ‘Oscars®’ Telecast

 

ABC’s 2018 Academy Awards® Draws 26.5 Million Viewers to Stand as the Season’s No. 1 Awards Show by Wide Margins Over the ‘Grammys®’ and ‘Globes’

 

The Academy Awards Takes Full Control of Sunday’s Social Conversations

ABC Sunday Prime (7:00-11:00 p.m. – preliminary “Fast Affiliate” averages)
Featuring coverage of the 90th Annual Academy Awards, ABC shot to the top of Sunday’s primetime, beating its combined broadcast competition(CBS, NBC and Fox) by 169% in Total Viewers and by 263% in Adults 18-49.

“The Oscars” (8:00-11:54 p.m.)
ABC’s 2018 telecast of “The Oscars” drew an average audience of 26.5 million Total Viewers, based on Nielsen’s Live + Same Day “Fast National” ratings.

  • Television’s biggest awards show, ABC’s “The Oscars” towered over other key award shows this season, outdrawing the 2018 “Grammy Awards” by 6.7 million viewers (19.8 million on 1/28/18) and the 2018 “Golden Globe® Awards” by 7.5 million viewers (19.0 million on 1/7/18).



  • ABC’s 2018 “Oscars” telecast reached an estimated 53.3 million unique television viewers across the U.S. – unduplicated Viewers 2 + watching 6 minutes or more during the broadcast.



Social Activity (Nielsen Social)
The Academy Awards dominated Sunday night’s social conversation with 23.0 million interactions (Twitter: 48%, Facebook: 28%, Instagram: 24%). The most social moment on Twitter occurred at 10:39 p.m. ET with 70,868 interactions after Jordan Peele won the Best Original Screenplay award for “Get Out.”

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day, Fast National Program Ratings for 3/4/18, unless stated otherwise. Nielsen Social: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram total interactions based on +/-3 hours of the telecast, for 3/4/18.

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ABC’s TGIT Crossover Event Ranks No. 1 as ‘HTGAWM’ Spikes to Season Highs

Quick Take for Thursday, March 1, 2018 

(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC’s TGIT Lineup Returns at No. 1 in Its Thursday Night Crossover Event 

ABC’s ‘HTGAWM’ Comes Back With a Post-Olympics Spike to Season Highs

Thursday (3/1/18) – ABC Viewer and Adult 18-49 Projections Plus MP+35 Day Rating 

“Grey’s”: L3 = 10.1 million/3.1 rating, L7 = 10.8 million/3.4 rating and MP+35 = 5.5 rating

“Scandal”: L3 = 7.2 million/2.1 rating, L7 = 7.7 million/2.3 rating and MP+35 = 3.4 rating

“HTGAWM”: L3 = 6.7 million/2.0 rating, L7 = 7.3 million/2.3 rating and MP+35 = 3.4 rating

Live + Same Day Results:

ABC Thursday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.6 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): 

On a night of all-original competition, ABC’s TGIT lineup returned for the first time in 3 weeks (since 2/8/18) with crossover-event episodes and caught a “Big Bang”-led CBS for No. 1 on Thursday in Adults 18-49 (1.5/6), while beating out NBC by 50% (1.0/4) and more than doubling Fox (+114% – 0.7/3). Delivering strong TV Playback for its Thursday dramas, ABC is projected to move ahead of CBS and straight out take the night in the Live + 7 Day Adult 18-49 ratings. With a crossover event for its Thursday dramas, ABC’s TGIT lineup built over its 3-week-ago pre-Olympics delivery among Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+15%).

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” which introduced characters from upcoming “Station 19” (debuting 3/22/18 on ABC from 9:00-11:00 p.m.), ranked as Thursday’s No. 1 TV program in Adults 18-34 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), and led the Net to win on the evening in all three Nielsen measures. “Grey’s” built on its last broadcast in Total Viewers (+3% – 7.5 million vs. 7.3 million) and held exactly even with Adults 18-49 rating (2.0/8).

At 9:00 p.m. during the first hour of the “Scandal”-“HTGAWM” crossover, ABC’s “Scandal” ranked No. 1 in its slot with young adults (tie), surging 11% over its last telecast in Total Viewers (5.1 million vs. 4.6 million) and 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4).  

During the second hour at 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” also finished No. 1 in its time period with Adults 18-49 (tie). “HTGAWM” jumped 29% over its last airing in Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.3 million) and shot up 38% Adults 18-49 (1.1/5 vs. 0.8/3), pulling in its largest audience this season and matching a season best with young adults.  



Projections Rationale: 

Lifts vs. L+SD are based on 2017-18 season averages for originals (excluding the premiere). 

Returning shows: Profile based on same show (either premiere or averages for originals).

New series: Based on similar series. 

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 3/1/18. 

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