ABC Tops Ratings on a Night When Broadcast Nets Focus Attention on Tucson Victims

Jan 13, 2011  •  Post A Comment

President Barack Obama’s Tucson Memorial speech Wednesday night, carried by all of the broadcast networks from 8:39-9:20 p.m. ET, played heck with the overnight ratings, but ABC was the apparent winner for the night, reports TVbytheNumbers.com.

ABC finished the night with a 2.9 average rating in the 18-49 demo, well ahead of NBC (1.8 average), Univision (1.4), CBS (1.4) and Fox (0.8). ABC also won total viewers, averaging 9.0 million to 6.3 million for NBC, 6.2 million for CBS, 3.6 million for Univision and 2.4 million for Fox.

At 8 p.m. ABC’s "The Middle" had its best rating ever, a 3.1 in the 18-49 demographic, besting NBC’s "Minute to Win It" with a 1.6 in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. the overrun of the president’s speech shared time with a new "Modern Family" on ABC, averaging a 3.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. "Minute to Win It" combined with the speech for a 1.4 average on NBC, while CBS averaged a 1.3 with "Live to Dance" in tandem with the speech.

The 10 p.m. premiere of ABC’s "Off the Map" earned a 2.25 average in the 18-49 demo, second to NBC’s "Law & Order: SVU," which averaged a 2.5 in that demo for the hour. CBS’s remaining "Live to Dance" paired with "The Defenders" for a mean score of 1.5 in the 18-49 demo.

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