L+7 Ratings: All 11 of ABC's Scripted Series Hit a 3.0 Rating or Better in Premiere Week

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October 15th, 2012

via press release:

Live + 7 Day Ratings for 2012-13 Premiere Week (Week #1):


Based on Nielsen’s DVR playback data for the opening week of the 2012-13 season, ABC’s Modern Family was the biggest absolute gainer among Adults 18-49 (tied with NBC’s Revolution), jumping by +2.3 rating points from its initially reported Live + Same Day rating to the final Live + 7 numbers (5.5 rating to 7.8 rating). ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy saw its young adult number increase by +1.5 rating points in the Live + 7 numbers (4.4 to 5.9), while 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort ranked among the four biggest actual gainers for freshman series, going up by +1.1 rating points (2.1 to 3.2) and +1.0 rating point (2.2 to 3.2), respectively, among Adults 18-49.


Based on the Live + 7 Day ratings during season premiere week, Modern Family strengthened its rank as TV’s #1 scripted show among Adults 18-49, increasing its advantage over runner-up, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, to 13% (7.8 vs. 6.9). Grey’s Anatomy solidified its claim as the #1 drama on TV, beating a The Voice-fueled Revolution (5.9 vs. 5.7). In addition, ABC’s The Neighbors grew to a 3.8 rating among Adults 18-49 in the L+7 numbers, bolstering its rank as the #1 new comedy.


  • · Impressively, ABC was the only network to see each of its scripted series deliver a 3.0 Adult 18-49 rating or better in the Live + 7 Day program averages, including Modern Family (7.8), Grey’s Anatomy (5.9), Once Upon a Time (5.3), Revenge (4.3), The Neighbors (3.8), The Middle (3.5), Last Resort (3.2), 666 Park Avenue (3.2), Private Practice (3.1), Castle (3.0) and Scandal (3.0).


  • · ABC had 9 shows (including all 8 of its drama series) gain more than 2.5 million viewers from their initially reported totals via DVR Playback: Modern Family (+4.41 million), Castle (+3.36 million), Grey’s Anatomy (+3.28 million), Once Upon a Time (+3.11 million), Revenge (+2.79 million), Last Resort (+2.66 million), 666 Park Avenue (+2.64 million), Scandal (+2.56 million) and Private Practice (+2.56 million).


  • · In the final Live + 7 numbers, Once Upon a Time (5.3 vs. 5.2), Revenge (4.3 vs. 4.2) and Grey’s Anatomy (5.9 vs. 5.8) all grew over their respective year-ago premieres among Adults 18-49.



  • Just

    Revenge hit

    Where is your God now Max?

  • Tim

    ABC’s scripted shows were made for DVRs. Top on my list: ‘Revenge’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Once Upon a Time’ & of course, ‘Grey’s’, which even in it’s 9th season, continues to shine. (‘Grey’s’ 2nd episode this season was just amazing.)

  • Skylar

    just a shame DVR ratings dont count for s***.

  • oldmanatkeyboard

    I don’t DVR, have Comcast On Demand, sure I still have to deal with commercials on the broadcast stations, but like regular viewing use as bathroom breaks and time to chat about what we are watching. I watch all these ABC shows very happy to see that delayed viewing rates these shows higher than originally thought.

    Though from what I read often here, this doesn’t matter so much, though I’d think it should. Same as the total viewers for show that skew older in demographics.

    Cable show are considered huge hits with 2-3 million viewers, but a broadcast network is a flop with 4-5 million…

    doesn’t compute for me…

  • Douglas from Brazil

    DVR numbers doesn’t count because people don’t want to watch commercials and it’s bad for advertisers.Advertisers don’t want to pay a network if viewers don’t want to watch shows live.

  • eridapo

    @ Douglas from Brazil

    Actually, the reported numbers for DVR include people who watch commercials. If you skip commercials, Nielsen does not count nor reward you with ratings credit. Skip half the commercials, you get half a ratings credit. Skip all the commercials, no ratings credit.

  • SarahL

    Scandal is doing well in DVR numbers, but it does not mean squat.

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