ABC's 'Motive' is Thursday's Most-Watched Series Debut, 'Rookie Blue' Opens at Number 1 at 10PM

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May 24th, 2013



Rookie Blue September 6 2012 Season 3 finale


via press note:

From 8-9pm on Thursday, ABC’s Wipeout was up week to week in viewers (+8%) and young adults (+20%).  In the hour, the ABC unscripted series outperformed NBC’s back-to-back debut episodes of Save Me by 1.0 million viewers and by 71% in Adults 18-49.

Building on its lead-in by 1.8 million viewers and holding 100% in Adults 18-49, ABC’s Motive was the most-watched series debut on Thursday and ran neck-and-neck in its hour with Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen-led debut of Does Someone Have to Go? with young adultsDespite lower viewing levels, Motive held more than 90% of its Monday preview coming out of the Dancing finale in Total Viewers (91%), Adults 18-49 (94%) and Adults 18-34 (100%), while spiking with key Men: Men 18-34 (+40%) and Men 18-49 (+29%).


Holding all of its lead-in at 10pm, ABC’s Rookie Blue opened its 4th season at #1 in the hour with Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, beating NBC’s Hannibal.  Rookie Blue was up 18% in Total Viewers from its 3rd season finale, topping its 12 previous telecasts back to its year-ago premiere on 5/24/12.  In fact, the season opener also outdrew all of its Season 2 telecasts in Total Viewers, marking the series’ 2nd-biggest audience since August 19, 2010.  Rookie Blue outdelivered last season’s finale in Adults 25-54 (+17%) and retained 100% of its closer in Adults 18-49.

  • harry

    yes abc get more shows with 1.2 18-49 rating and celebrate for their debuts.

  • lll

    I know summer has lower standards than fall/spring, but ABC PR sure do know how to spin any show into gold.

  • jessica

    Yes, ABC, of course EPISODE TWO is the series debut. Silly me for thinking it was episode ONE which you showed on Monday.

    Next week is the series finale. Then there are 10 bonus episodes :)

    As for Rookie Blue, pretty good episode. A bit interesting to see Louis Ferreira as a narcotics detective in Toronto right after being a homicide detective in Vancouver but… in Canada these shows are on different networks and Motive was on more than 3 months ago.

  • ZmaX

    @ Jessica
    hahaha :D
    It makes sense, considering ABC showed Don’t Trust the B- in Apartment 23 so out of order lol

  • Syeda Hussain

    I love Rookie blue! I’ve been watching it since the very first episode and think it deserves an even larger fanbase!

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