ABC Scores a Network-Leading 10 of the Week’s Top 15 Broadcast Shows

Apr 25, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Press release from ABC, April 25, 2017:

Week No. 31

During the week of April 17, 2017, ABC ranked No. 2 among the broadcasters in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3-tie) with a network-leading 10 of the Top 15 shows: “DWTS” – No. 2, “The Middle” and “Scandal” tied at No. 5, “American Housewife” – No. 10, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” – No. 11, while “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” “Designated Survivor,” “Shark Tank” and “Fresh Off the Boat” tied at No. 12. “Dancing with the Stars” stood as the week’s No. 2 most watched TV show overall and was the No. 1 unscripted series for the 5th week running. Please note: “Grey’s Anatomy” was preempted on Thursday, and ABC’s 2-hour Wednesday comedy block aired repeats.


Boosted by Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC was the most watched network on Monday (8.4 million) and ran a strong 2nd in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5) to “The Voice”-led NBC. “Dancing” stood as Monday’s most watched TV show overall (11.2 million) and caught NBC’s

“The Voice” as the night’s top-rated broadcast show in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34. “DWTS” was also the night’s No. 1 broadcast with Kids 2-11 and hit a season high in the process.

“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:01 p.m. – 11.2 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49):

From 8:00-10:01 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” qualified as Monday’s most watched TV series for the 5th week in a row, outdrawing NBC’s “The Voice” by a best-of-season 1.6 million viewers in the 2-hour slot (11.2 million vs. 9.6 million). “Dancing” narrowed its margin with “The Voice” to 2-tenths in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6 vs. 2.0/7) to its closest finish this season with the NBC unscripted show.

* “Dancing” grew week to week in Total Viewers (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+13%) to a best-since-premiere rating in young adults.

“Quantico” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 2.8 million and 0.5/2 in AD18-49):

At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Quantico” gained 8% week to week in L+SD Total Viewers (2.8 million vs. 2.6 million).

Live + 3 for Last Week’s “Quantico” Telecast (4/10/17): Last week’s telecast of “Quantico” shot up +67% in Adults 18-49 after just 3 days of TV Playback (0.6 rating to 1.0 rating), making it last Monday’s top broadcast gainer from L+SD to L+3. In overall Live + 7 Day Adults 18-49 ratings, “Quantico” is the season’s No. 2 biggest gainer in TV playback to only ABC’s “Designated Survivor” among the broadcasters, shooting up by +114% over its L+SD average.


On a night where both NBC (“Trial & Error” finale out of “The Voice”) and Fox (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”/ “The Mick”) also aired sitcoms, ABC claimed Tuesday’s Top 4 comedies in Adults 18-49 with “The Middle” – No. 1 (1.3/5), “American Housewife” – No. 2 (1.2/5), “Fresh Off the Boat” – No. 3 (1.0/4) and “Imaginary Mary” – No. 4 (0.9/3 – tie). With growth for “American Housewife” and “Imaginary Mary,” ABC’s freshmen comedies were both up on the night week to week.

* At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “The Middle” once again stood as Tuesday’s No. 1 comedy and held even week to week in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5).

* At 8:30 p.m., ABC’s “American Housewife” grew 9% from the prior week in Adults 18-49 (1.2/5 vs. 1.1/5) to equal its highest rating since mid-March – since 3/14/17.

* At 9:00 p.m. against an expanded edition of “The Voice,” ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” remained exactly even week to week in Total Viewers (3.7 million) and was steady in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 1.1/4).

* At 9:30 p.m., ABC’s “Imaginary Mary” added Total Viewers (+3% – 3.2 million vs. 3.1 million) and advanced 13% week to week in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3) to match its best performance on the night.

* At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gained viewers for the 2nd straight week (+4% – 2.4 million vs. 2.3 million) and grew 14% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.7/3), delivering its best results since its January mid-season premiere – since 1/10/17.

“S.H.I.E.L.D.” Is a Top Gainer in L+3 and L+7 Day: Season to date, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Tuesday’s biggest broadcast gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49, jumping over its L+SD rating by +100% in Live + 3 Day and +113% in Live + 7 Day.


“Designated Survivor” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.1 million and 1.0/4 in AD18-49):

Once again following repeats of ABC’s Wednesday comedies from 8:00-10:00 p.m., “Designated Survivor” built on its lead-in (+25%) and ranked as the No. 1 series in the 10 o’clock hour for the 2nd week running with L+SD Adults 18-49 (1.0/4). In fact it was Wednesday’s No. 2 TV series, behind only CBS’ special 2-hour “Survivor,” and delivered 25% more Adults 18-49 than its freshman drama competition on the evening, besting Fox’s “Shots Fired” (0.8/3 from 8:00-9:00 p.m.). “Designated Survivor” was also the 2nd most watched show overall on the night (5.1 million), with a nearly 2.0 million viewer advantage over Fox’s “Shots Fired” (3.2 million).

* “Designated Survivor” built over the prior week by 6% in Total Viewers (5.1 million vs. 4.8 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 0.9/4).

* Season to date based on Live + 7 Day originals, “Designated Survivor” is the No. 1 10 o’clock TV series in Adults 18-49 (3.1/11).

* On average in Nielsen’s Most Current ratings, “Designated Survivor” is growing Wednesday’s 10:00 p.m. hour for ABC by 94% in Total Viewers (12.4 million vs. 6.4 million) and by 67% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/11 vs. 1.8/6), qualifying as the Net’s most watched series overall in the time slot in 10 years – since “Lost” in the 2006-07 season.

* “Designated Survivor” is the 2016-17 TV season’s top gainer in TV playback among Adults 18-49 on the broadcasters, shooting up by +100% in L+3 and by +121% in L+7. The ABC rookie drama is also the biggest beneficiary of Live + 7 Day TV Playback with Total Viewers, more than doubling its overall audience (+103%) and drawing an additional +6.5 million viewers on top of its L+SD number.


“Scandal” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 5.1 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49):

Following a repeat “Scandal” at 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “Scandal” more than doubled its lead-in with Adults 18-49 (+117%) to rank as the No. 1 series in the 9 o’clock hour by 44% over its nearest competition (1.3/5 vs. 0.9/4 for “The Amazing Race” and “The Blacklist,” tied). “Scandal” was Thursday’s No. 1 TV series among Adults 18-49 (tie) and held even with the prior week’s 100th episode among Adults 18-49 (1.3/5) despite coming out of a repeat this week.

“The Catch” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.0 million and 0.6/2 in AD18-49):

At 10:00 p.m., opposite the second hours of CBS’ 2-hour “The Amazing Race” and NBC’s return of “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “The Catch” held steady week to week in Total Viewers (3.0 million vs. 3.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (0.6/2 vs. 0.7/2).


* In the 10:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s “20/20” grew 11% week to week in Total Viewers (4.2 million vs. 3.8 million) to deliver its most watched telecast in 2 months – since 2/24/17. In the special edition of “20/20,” ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer interviewed Caitlyn Jenner two years after the first exclusive one-on-one with the former Olympian. In 2015, Jenner expressed an interest in talking to Sawyer again to discuss the reality of life after the interview.


* In the 7 o’clock hour, ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” built on its last airing two weeks ago by 57% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/5 vs. 0.7/3) to deliver its highest rating in 10 weeks – since 3/12/17.

* At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” grew over the prior week in Total Viewers (+4% – 2.7 million vs. 2.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+14% – 0.8/3 vs. 0.7/3) to earn 3-week highs – since 4/2/17.

* In the 9:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s “Match Game” built by double digits week to week in Total Viewers (+33% – 3.2 million vs. 2.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (+17% – 0.7/2 vs. 0.6/2) to its best Sunday performance this season.


No.1 NBC 1.0 No.1 CBS 6,680,000

No.2 ABC 0.9 No.2 NBC 5,120,000

No.2 CBS 0.9 No.3 ABC 4,080,000

No.4 FOX 0.7 No.4 FOX 2,230,000

No.5 CW 0.2 No.5 CW 660,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live+ Same Day Program Ratings for week of 4/17/17.

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