ABC's 'Wipeout' Continues Strong Performance Against NBC, 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' Hit Genre Highs

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February 17th, 2012

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Growing its Audience During the 8pm Hour Against CBS’ Comedies and “Idol,” ABC’s

“Winter Wipeout” Outdraws NBC’s Original Comedy Block by 1.5 Million Viewers


More than Doubling its Adult 18-49 Lead-in at 9pm Against the 2nd Hour of “Idol,” ABC’s “Grey’s” Finishes as Thursday’s No. 1 Drama for its 14th Straight Original


Hitting 6-Week Highs and Growing Year to Year, ABC’s “Private Practice” Scores

Its Strongest Lead-in Retention Out of an Original “Grey’s” Since November 2010



“Winter Wipeout” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

From 8:00-9:00 p.m. opposite CBS’ comedies (“The Big Bang Theory”/”Rob”) and Fox’s “American Idol,” ABC’s “Winter Wipeout” continued to outdraw NBC’s comedies in the hour, beating the “30 Rock”/”Parks and Recreation” combo by 1.5 million viewers (5.1 million vs. 3.6 million).


  • The ABC unscripted series gained viewers (+4% - 5.0 million to 5.2 million) and young adults (+7% - 1.4/4 to 1.5/4) from its first half-hour to its second half-hour.


“Grey’s Anatomy” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

More than doubling its lead-in (+107%) against the second half of Fox’s 2-hour “Idol,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” stood as the No. 1 scripted show in the 9 o’clock hour among Adults 18-49 (3.1/8), outdelivering CBS’ “Person of Interest” by 7% (2.9/7) and NBC’s comedies (“The Office”/”Up All Night”) by 63% (1.9/5).


  • ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” qualified as Thursday’s No. 1 drama in the key young adult sales demographic for its 14th straight original telecast this season.


“Private Practice” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o’clock hour in a crossover episode with “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC’s “Private Practice” delivered best-of-season lead-in retention (84%) to finish in a virtual tie for No. 1 with CBS’ “The Mentalist” among Adults 18-49 (2.6/7 vs. 2.8/7 - tied in audience share).  In fact, “Private Practice” posted its strongest lead-in retention coming out of an original “Grey’s” since November 2010 – since 11/4/10.  Leading its CBS drama competition among younger viewers, ABC’s “Private Practice” defeated “The Mentalist” by 36% in Adults 18-34 (1.9/6 vs. 1.4/4).


  • Surging week to week in Total Viewers (+9% - 7.1 million vs. 6.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+18% - 2.6/7 vs. 2.2/6), ABC’s “Private Practice” marked 6-week highs on both Nielsen measures – since 1/5/12.


  • The ABC drama grew over its year-ago telecast (6.7 million and 2.3/7 on 2/17/11) in both viewers (+6%) and young adults (+13%)



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