ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week 2 and the ‘Castle’ Premiere Grow Year to Year


via press release:

ABC Outdraws CBS by 4.4 Million Viewers and Fox by 5.1 Million Viewers

On Season Premiere Monday  


ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Improves on Year-Ago Week Two

By 1.0 Million Viewers and by 10% in Adults 18-49


ABC’s “Castle” Season Premiere Builds on its Year-Ago Premiere and Season Finale

In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 


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

On season premiere Monday, ABC (12.7 million) finished as the 2nd-most-watched TV network, leading CBS by 4.4 million viewers (8.3 million) and Fox by 5.1 million viewers (7.6 million).


“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Growing year to year for the 2nd week in a row, ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was up over its second telecast last fall (10/1/12) by 1.0 million viewers (13.4 million vs. 12.4 million) and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (2.3/6 vs. 2.1/5).  Former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson was the first celebrity dancer to be eliminated from the competition this season.


“Castle” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s season premiere of “Castle” beat CBS’ debut of “Hostages” by 4.0 million viewers (11.5 million vs. 7.5 million) , by 22% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/6 vs. 1.8/5) and by 16% in Adults 25-54 (2.9/7 vs. 2.5/6).  “Castle” grew over its year-ago season premiere by 10% in Total Viewers and by 5% in Adults 18-49 (10.5 million and 2.1/6 on 9/24/12).  In addition, the show was up over last season’s finale (11.2 million and 2.1/6) in viewers (+3%) and young adults (+5%) to deliver its best numbers since April – since 4/22/13.   A big gainer via TV playback, “Castle’s” numbers shot up last season by 3.6 million viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49 from Live + Same Day to Live + 7 Day.


Social Activity


  • “Castle” was the No. 1 most-tweeted series at 10:00 p.m. (60,122 tweets), beating the debuts of NBC’s “The Blacklist” (31,086 tweets) and CBS’ “Hostages” (10,879 tweets) head-to-head in the hour. This year’s premiere of “Castle,” which had the cast live tweeting during the episode, was up 104% over last season’s premiere (29,475 tweets).


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