As Each of its Series Grow, ABC Wins with its Top-Rated Wednesday since November

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January 10th, 2013

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As Each of its Series Grow, ABC Wins with its Top-Rated Wednesday since November


“The Middle” Leads at 8pm with its Strongest Performance Since Mid-November


ABC’s “The Neighbors” is No. 1 at 8:30pm in Adults 18-49 at a 9-Week High


“Modern Family” is Wednesday’s No. 1 TV Show for its 10th Straight Original Airing


With its Top Rating in 2 Months, “Suburgatory” is the No. 1 Scripted Show at 9:30pm


Up for its 3rd Straight Original, “Nashville” Equals its 2nd-Best Adult 18-49 Number


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

As each of its series grew over their most recent original telecasts in early December, ABC won Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (2.6/7) over original programming on each of the other nets, including CBS with “The People’s Choice Awards.”  ABC’s “Modern Family” qualified as Wednesday’s No. 1 TV show for its 10th straight first-run broadcast across all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).


  • ABC earned its top-rated Wednesday since early November in Adults 18-49 with regular programming on the night – since 11/7/12.


“The Middle” (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s “The Middle” won its half-hour in Total Viewers (8.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.4/7).  “The Middle” was up over its most recent original 4 weeks ago by 15% in viewers and by 14% in young adults to its best numbers since 11/14/12.


“The Neighbors” (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

At 8:30 p.m., ABC freshman “The Neighbors” ranked No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (tie), beating NBC’s freshman “Guys with Kids” by 65% in viewers (6.6 million vs. 4.0 million) and by a best-ever 54% in young adults (2.0/6 vs. 1.3/4).  “The Neighbors” built over its last original by 23% in Total Viewers and by 25% in Adults 18-49 with its strongest numbers since November – since 11/14/12 and 11/7/12, respectively.


“Modern Family” (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “Modern Family” shot to the top of its half-hour, outpacing its nearest competition (CBS’ “People’s Choice Awards”) by 22% in Total Viewers (12.0 million vs. 9.8 million) and by 88% in Adults 18-49 (4.7/12 vs. 2.5/7).  “Modern Family” grew from its last original by 10% in viewers and by 12% in young adults to post its top numbers since 11/7/12.


“Suburgatory” (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

In the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC’s “Suburgatory” was the scripted leader in Adults 18-49, beating NBC’s “L&O: SVU” by 23% in Adults 18-49 (2.7/7 vs. 2.2/6).  “Suburgatory” was up over its last original 5 weeks ago by 15% in Total Viewers and by 23% in Adults 18-49 to its highest young adult number since 11/7/12.


“Nashville” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Nashville” once again beat its CBS and NBC competition among Women 18-34 (2.6/8).  Season to date, “Nashville” is delivering big increases via TV playback, picking up 57% in Adults 18-49 (+1.2 rating) and 45% in Total Viewers (+2.9 million) from L+SD to L+7.


  • Equaling its 2nd-highest Adult 18-49 rating, “Nashville” built for its 3rd straight original telecast among young adults (2.0/6 vs. 1.9/5 - +5% from its Winter Finale on 12/5/12).


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 47% currently, from 43% at the same point in 2012. 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: The Nielsen Company (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 01/09/13.

  • CenterGravity

    Finally a night of ratings that ABC doesn’t have to spin in order to win (except at 10:00).

  • Melanie

    I actually like Nashville. I watched the marathon on CMT last Sunday and found it interesting so I decided to watch the new episode last night. Don’t understand some of the hate that is thrown towards it though from other comments on this board. Is it just some of you all don’t like country music or just find it not to be written well? I find it to be more than just a story about two dueling country music singers though, but to each is own.

  • CosmoKramer

    I don’t know why this show is not rated higher. I like this show very much and I am not a fan of country. I guess since I am a big fan of Hayden Panettiere is the reason why I like to watch it, and now I am a big fan of Clare Bowen.

  • Melanie

    I agree CosmoKramer! I remember watching Hayden as a child on soap operas and other movies and think she has grown into a very talented and beautiful young woman. Never heard of Clare before the show and think she is good too. I am also a fan of Jonathan Jackson since he played Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. Connie Britton is cool too. I think the show has a great cast and hope it gets a second season.

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