ABC Wins Big Super Bowl Week

Feb 7, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Sunday telecast of Super Bowl XL catapulted ABC to the top of the weekly ratings in both total viewers and the adults 18 to 49 demographic, almost doubling its nearest competitor in both demos.

The Super Bowl was the highest-rated program for the week ended Feb. 5 with a 34.6 rating in adults 18 to 49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Those ratings include live-plus-same-day digital video recorder viewing. The game was also tops in total viewers, garnering 90.7 million.

The Super Bowl post-game was No. 2 for the week in the demo with a 25.1 rating, followed by ABC’s post-post-game offering, “Grey’s Anatomy” (16.5), Fox’s Wednesday edition of musical reality series “American Idol” (12.5) and the Tuesday “Idol” (12.4).

In total viewers, the rankings were the same, with the post-game in the No. 2 spot with 59.8 million, followed by “Grey’s” (37.9 million), “Idol” Wednesday (30.4 million) and “Idol” Tuesday (30.2 million).

ABC won the week in the demo with an 8.5 rating, followed by Fox (4.3), CBS (3.7), NBC (2.6), The WB (1.5) and UPN (1.1).

In total viewers ABC garnered 22.9 million for the week, followed by CBS (12.1 million), Fox (10.3 million), NBC (7.6 million), The WB (3.5 million) and UPN (2.7 million).