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Two ABC Series Sink to All-Time Ratings Lows

Jun 6, 2013  •  Post A Comment

On a night when much of the broadcast lineup was filled with repeat programming, ABC aired a mix of reruns and fresh episodes, and the results were less than encouraging, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that two of ABC’s original shows, “Family Tools” and “How to Live With Your Parents,” sank to all-time series lows. “Family Tools” delivered a 0.9 average rating in viewers 18-49, slipping one-tenth of a ratings point from last week, when the show also set a series low.

“How to Live With Your Parents” also lost one-tenth from a week ago, dipping to a series-low 1.4 average in 18-49. ABC’s only other fresh program, “The Lookout,” held steady to last week with a 1.1.

Winning the night among the broadcast nets was Fox, whose two-hour “MasterChef” claimed top show of the night on broadcast with a 2.2 average in adults 18-49.

CBS broke out just one new program, “The American Baking Competition,” which equaled the 1.0 average the show delivered last week in the 18-49 demo.

NBC’s only original, “Dateline,” settled for a 1.1 in 18-49, losing four-tenths from last week’s Wednesday installment.

Fox led the broadcast nets for prime time overall with a 2.2 average in viewers 18-49, followed by Univision (1.4 average), ABC (1.1), CBS (1.1) and NBC (0.9). Fox also took a narrow win in total viewers, averaging 5.4 million to CBS’s 5.3 million, NBC’s 4.3 million, ABC’s 3.9 million and Univision’s 3.6 million.

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