ABC's 'Private Practice' Surges to its Most-Watched Telecast in Over 1-1/2 Years

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April 25th, 2012

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ABC’s “Cougar Town” Generates its Most-Watched Broadcast of the Season


ABC’s “DWTS Results Show” Qualifies as Tuesday’s Most-Watched TV Program


Surging on its New Night, ABC’s “Private Practice” Wins the 10pm Hour

Marking the Series’ Most-Watched Telecast in More Than 1-1/2 Years


Tuesday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

With a repeat “Last Man Standing,” “Cougar Town,” “DWTS Results Show” and a surging “Private Practice” on its new night, ABC (9.3 million) registered as Tuesday’s 2nd-most-watched TV network to CBS, increasing its lead week to week over NBC to 2.6 million viewers (6.7 million) and Fox to 3.8 million viewers (5.5 million).  In addition, ABC ranked No. 1 on the night in Adults 25-54 (2.9/7 - tie).


  • Despite starting off the night with a repeat, ABC was up over last week’s all-original schedule in viewers (+6%) and young adults (+5%).


“Last Man Standing” (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s replay “Last Man Standing” stood as Tuesday’s most-watched sit-com, pulling in 10% more viewers than Fox’s original “Glee”-led “New Girl” (5.7 million vs. 5.2 million) in the 9:00 p.m. half-hour.


  • Bettering its last encore airing by 8%, “Last Man Standing” generated the series’ 2nd-most-watched repeat in the half-hour.


“Cougar Town” (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

In the 8:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC’s “Cougar Town” built on its lead-in by 15% in Adults 18-49 and, although it aired coming out of a repeat, grew week to week in viewers (+11% - 5.0 million vs. 4.5 million) and young adults (+7% - 1.5/4 vs. 1.4/4).  In fact, the ABC comedy turned in its most-watched broadcast this season.


“DWTS Results Show” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Leaping over its lead-in at 9:00 p.m. to emerge as Tuesday’s most-watched TV program, ABC’s “DWTS Results Show” (14.2 million) qualified as the top draw in its slot for the 5th week in a row, defeating its unscripted competition on NBC (“Voice Results” = 8.7 million) by an increasing 5.5 million viewers (up from a 5.3 million viewer advantage the prior week).  In addition, the wide-appealing ABC unscripted series finished No. 2 in the hour in both Adults 18-49 (2.4/6) and Adults 25-54 (3.7/8) for the 2nd week in a row.   Empress of Soul Gladys Knight was the fifth celebrity to leave the dance competition this season.


  • Hitting a 3-week high, ABC’s “DWTS Results Show” was up week to week in Adults 25-54 (+3%).


“Private Practice” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Private Practice” posted a strong first-place finish with Total Viewers (8.4 million), Adults 18-49 (2.2/6) and Adults 25-54 (3.1/8).  Retaining an impressive 92% of its Adult 18-49 lead-in, “Private Practice” scored season-best retention for ABC in the hour coming out of a “DWTS Results Show.”


  • Jumping over its week-ago premiere in the hour with Total Viewers (+29%), Adults 18-49 (+29%) and Adults 25-54 (+35%), ABC’s “Private Practice” produced its most-watched telecast in more than 1-1/2 years – since 11/4/10.  In addition, the ABC drama posted its best results since February with key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54) – since 2/16/12.




Source: The Nielsen Company (Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings), 04/24/12.




  • Lexie

    Yay for Private Practice! People finally figured out it switched nights. Now they’ll train their VCR’s for Tues at ten instead of Thurs at ten!!

  • 47th

    It’s refreshing to read a press release with truly good news for a change. PPs numbers are really impressive.

  • Fred

    Got to hand it to PP. Very impressive. Deserves another season.

  • Melanie

    Way to go Private Practice! Looks like it can hold its own without having Grey’s as a lead in. ABC please renew!! :)

  • VCR’s??

    @Lexie…who uses VCR’s anymore? LOL

  • cbanks

    Apparently people think number of viewers counts.

  • Nick

    Guess that’s not good for Body of Proof… :-(

  • Lexie

    Lol I meant dvr’s But my aunt uses the VCR still . I forgot to reprogram it for her to watch PP last week. She didn’t like the new show that took its place.

  • TomSFBay

    DVR’s schedule around a show, not a time slot.

  • Sarah

    Apparently people think number of viewers counts.

    The demo is the most important factor, but it’s not like the number of viewers doesn’t count at all.

  • Jenny

    Anyone knows when will ABC announce official info about the renewal or cancelation of its shows?

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