ABC spins Sunday night ratings via press release:
For 3rd Straight Week, "Housewives" is the Night's No. 1 Program in Adults 18-49,
as ABC Airs the Top 3 Entertainment Programs in the Key Adults Sales Demo
ABC's "" is No. 1 from 8-9pm in Viewers and All Key Women Demos, Hitting a Season High in Men 18-34 Against Sports on Fox and NBC
Up Week to Week Among Young Adults, "
at 9pm for the 3rd Week in a Row in Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" Defeats its CBS Drama Competition in the 10pm
Hour by 11% in Total Viewers and by 38% in Adults 18-49,
Dominating the Slot Across the Key Women Demos
Sunday Primetime (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
Competing against NBC's "NFL " on the night (Patriots-Chargers) and Fox with another highly-rated NFL primetime overrun into the 7 o'clock hour leading into its coverage MLB's National Championship Series Game 3 (Dodgers-Phillies), ABC took second place in Total Viewers (10.8 million) and tied NBC for No. 2 in Adults 18-49 (3.8/10) [rank subject to adjustment, based on the time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings]. For the 3rd week in a row, ABC stood as the No. 1 network on Sunday night across all key women demos: W18-34 (4.0/12), W18-49 (5.1/13) and W25-54 (5.7/13). ABC was the clear choice for non-sports programming on Sunday, beating out CBS with its regular Sunday lineup by 9% in Total Viewers (10.8 million vs. 9.9 million) and by 52% in Adults 18-49 (3.8/10 vs. 2.5/6).
* For the 3rd week in a row, ABC's "" registered as Sunday Night's No. 1 TV program among Adults 18-49 and the most-watched entertainment show overall. In fact ABC aired the Top 3 entertainment programs on Sunday evening in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic, with " ," " : " and "Brothers & Sisters," respectively.
Building sharply on its lead-in, " : " ranked No. 1 in the 8 o'clock hour with Total Viewers (11.3 million) and across all key women demos: W18-34 (3.6/10), W18-49 (4.7/12) and W25-54 (5.1/13). The unscripted series stood as the top non-sports program in the hour among Adults 18-49 (3.7/9), beating CBS' " " (2.8/7) by 32%.
* Despite airing against sports, including Game 3 of the 2008 National League Baseball Championship Fox and NFL games on both Fox and NBC, " " still hit a season high among Men 18-34 (2.2/6).
ABC's " " topped the 9 o'clock hour in Total Viewers (15.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (5.9/14), defeating NBC's " " (12.1 million and 4.9/11) and towering over CBS' "Cold Case" (10.9 million and 2.7/6).
* "Desperate Housewives" saw week-to-week increases in Adults 18-49 (5.9/14 vs. 5.8/13) and Adults 18-34 (5.0/13 vs. 4.8/12).
"Brothers & Sisters" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" outperformed its CBS drama competition ("The Unit") in the 10 o'clock hour by 11% in Total Viewers (10.1 million vs. 9.1 million) and by 38% in Adults 18-49 (3.6/9 vs. 2.6/7). For the 3rd week running, the ABC drama ranked No. 1 in the hour across each of the key women demographics: W18-34 (3.9/11), W18-49 (5.2/13) and W25-54 (5.8/14).
A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-yearcomparisons: 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 28% currently, from 20% 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.
Source: Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 10/12/08.