Via ABC press release:
|Quick Take for Sunday, September 28, 2008
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)
|ABC Projected to Win the Opening Week of the Season in Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC's Fifth-Season Premiere of "" Stands as Sunday's No. 1 TV Show in Viewers and Young Adults, as the Net Airs the Top 2 Series in Adults 18-49
ABC's "" is the Most-Watched Entertainment Show from 8-9pm, Beating CBS' " " Opener by 1.6 Million Viewers and by 19% in Adults 18-49
With its Top Numbers Since January and Pacing Well Ahead of its May Sweep Results, "" Wins Sunday's 9 O'clock Hour Over NBC's " " and Overshadows CBS' "Cold Case" Season Opener in the Hour
ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" Towers Over CBS' "The Unit" in the 10pm Hour, In Viewers and Young Adults, Marking its Biggest Numbers Since Early December
|Sunday Primetime (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
Competing against NBC's "NFL " on the night (Philadelphia-Chicago) and Fox with its highly-rated NFL overrun into the first hour of primetime, ABC held second place to NBC on the opening Sunday of the season in Total Viewers (12.5 million) and ranked No. 1 across all key women demos: W18-34 (5.0/14), W18-49 (6.0/15) and W25-54 (6.7/16). With the weekend numbers in the mix, ABC is projected to win the opening week of the 2008-09 TV season in Total Viewers (12.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.8 ).
* ABC's fifth-season premiere of "" stood as the definitive No. 1 TV program on the first Sunday of the season in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. In fact ABC aired the Top 2 entertainment programs on Sunday evening in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic, with " " and "Brothers & Sisters," respectively.
* "Desperate Housewives" drew its largest audience and top Adult 18-49 rating since January (since 1/6/08) and ran ahead of where it left off last season. "Desperate Housewives" was up over its 2008 May Sweep performance by nearly 2 million viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49 (May Sweep Live + Same Day = 16.5 million viewers and 6.0/15 in Adults 18-49). Despite the increase in DVR penetration, "Housewives" topped its year-ago season opener with Women 18-34 (8.3/20 vs. 8.1/19).
"Brothers & Sisters" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
* "Brothers & Sisters" saw its best performance since early December in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 - since 12/2/07. "Brothers & Sisters" grew from the series' performance during the '08 May Sweep by 1.6 million viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49 (May Sweep Live + Same Day = 10.8 million viewers and 3.8/10 in Adults 18-49). Despite the increase in DVR penetration year to year, "Brothers & Sisters" was up from last year's season premiere in Adults 18-34 (4.1/11 vs. 3.8/11).
A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to more than 27% currently, from 19% at the same point in 2007. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.