ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Scores Series’ Most-Watched Telecast and ’20/20′ Draws 4-Year Viewership High

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ABC Friday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 7.0 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): ABC won its 4th consecutive Friday in Adults 18-49, beating runner-up NBC’s all-original lineup by 23% (1.6/6 vs. 1.3/4). It was the Net’s 8th straight non-Olympic Friday night victory in the key young adult sales demo. ABC was also the Friday’s most-watched network overall (7.0 million).


·         ABC’s “Shark Tank” (2.1/7) and “20/20” (1.8/6) once again finished as the Top 2 TV shows on Friday in Adults 18-49.  In Total Viewers, “20/20” (8.5 million) and “Shark Tank” (8.3 million) were also the night’s Top 2 most-watched programs overall. In fact, “20/20” delivered its most-watched telecast in more than 4 years (since 2/5/10) and “Shark Tank” posted the series’ biggest audience ever.


·         “20/20” continued to rank as the night’s No. 1 newsmagazine, outdelivering NBC’s “Dateline” in Total Viewers and key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54).


“Last Man Standing-R” (8:00-8:31 p.m. – 4.5 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s repeat “Last Man Standing” grew over the prior week’s repeat by 13% in Adults 18-49.


“The Neighbors” (8:31-9:00 p.m. – 3.7 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 8:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC’s “The Neighbors” was up 13% week to week in Adults 18-49.


“Shark Tank” (9:00-10:01 p.m. – 8.3 million and 2.1/7 in AD18-49): More than doubling its lead-in at 9:00 p.m. (+122%) in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “Shark Tank” beat out its closest competition in the hour by 40% (2.1/7 vs. 1.5/5 – NBC’s “Grimm”). The ABC unscripted series gained 11% week to week in Total Viewers for its largest audience ever and grew 5% in Adults 18-49 to match its 2nd-best rating this season. Season to date, “Shark Tank” is up double digits in Total Viewers (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%) over the same point last year, on track for the series’ strongest season ever.


“20/20” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 8.5 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): For the 4th week in row, ABC’s “20/20” won the 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6), doubling NBC’s “Hannibal” (+100% – 0.9/3). The ABC newsmagazine was also the most-watched show overall in the slot and won the hour for the 4th straight week in the key Adult 25-54 news demo (2.4/7). “20/20” featured exclusive reporting on a cold case murder that the ABC newsmagazine put back in the spotlight five years ago, leading to a bombshell decision in court just this week. “20/20” was up week to week by 21% in Total Viewers to draw its largest audience since February 2010 ­— since 2/5/10. Building year to year in Total Viewers (+20%), Adults 18-49 (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%), “20/20” is trending to deliver its most-watched season in 4 years – since the 2009-10 season.

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