ABC is the Most-Watched Network on the Final Tuesday of the Season with a 1-1/2 Year High on the Night
via press release:
ABC Tuesday Prime (8-11pm – 13.7 million and 2.1/7 in AD18-49): Up against the 2-hour finale of NBC’s The Voice and part 1 of Fox’s American Idol finale, ABC finished as the most-watched TV network on the final Tuesday of the season (#1 in each half-hour), outdrawing runner-up NBC by 3.5 million viewers (13.7 million vs. 10.2 million). It was ABC’s 3rd straight night to rank as the #1 network in Total Viewers, and 4th time in 5 nights. The Net ran a very competitive #2 on the night in Adults 18-49 (2.1/7), beating Fox with Idol and the series debut of I Wanna Marry Harry by 75% (1.2/4) and CBS’ original lineup by 133% (0.9/3).
· ABC’s 18th season finale of Dancing with the Stars was the night’s dominant, most-watched TV show (14.9 million). The ABC unscripted show was a strong #2 on the night in Adults 18-49, outdelivering the Idol finale by 41% (2.4/7 vs. 1.7/6).
· The Net marked its most-watched Tuesday overall in 1-1/2 years – since 11/27/12.
DWTS: Road to the Finals (8-9pm – 11.4 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): In the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s DWTS: Road to the Finals recap special was the most-watched TV show in its slot (11.4 million), topping the first part of Fox’s finale by 4.8 million viewers (6.6 million) and NBC’s The Voice recap special by 4.0 million (7.4 million). In addition, the ABC special nearly tied Idol in the hour with Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.7/6).
Dancing with the Stars (9-11pm – 14.9 million and 2.4/7 in AD18-49): From 9-11pm, ABC’s Dancing finale faced a 2-hour season finale of The Voice for the first time ever, and came out on top by a wide margin. Please Note: In the past, a Dancing finale has never faced a finale of The Voice. Head to head, Dancing outdrew The Voice by 3.3 million viewers (14.9 million vs. 11.6 million). In addition, DWTS ranked #2 in the time period among all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).
· Despite going up against the 2-hour The Voice finale, Dancing was up over its most recent finale in November in Total Viewers (14.8 million on 11/26/13) and on par its year-ago May finale (15.2 million on 5/21/13). In addition, Dancing was grew over its Fall finale with Adults 18-34 (+14%) and Women 18-49 (+21%).
· DWTS generated ABC’s biggest non-sports audience in the 2-hour time period in 1 year and its top Adult 18-49 number in nearly 5 months – since 5/21/13 and 12/31/13, respectively.