via press release:

Posting its Strongest Wednesday Since February with Viewers and Young Adults,

ABC Qualifies as the Only Network to Improve in Adults 18-49 Year Over Year


ABC’s “The Middle” Marks Strong Year-to-Year Gains in Viewers and Young Adults


ABC’s “Suburgatory” More Than Doubles NBC’s “Best Friends Forever,”

While Delivering Big Time-Period Improvement for the Net from the Year-Ago Night


Up Year to Year, “Modern Family” is the Night’s No. 1 Scripted Show in Adults 18-49


Scoring the Net’s Best Lead-in Retention in 1 Year, ABC’s Debut of “Don’t Trust

The B— in Apartment 23” Draws the Slot’s Biggest Audience in Over 3 Months


ABC’s “Revenge” Series Recap Beats NBC’s Return of “L&O: SVU” Among

Viewers and Adults 25-54, While Winning the 10pm Hour in Women 18-34



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

With ABC’s 8:00-10:00 p.m. comedy block returning to all-originals for the first time in 4 weeks (since 3/14/12) followed by a “Revenge” clip-show, the Net posted its strongest Wednesday since February in viewers (6.9 million) and young adults (2.4/7) – since 2/29/12.


  • The Net was up over the same night last year (6.4 million and 2.3/6 on 4/13/11) in Total Viewers (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%).  In fact, ABC was the only net to grow its young adult audience year to year.


“The Middle” (8:00-8:30 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., against CBS’ “Survivor: One World” and the start of Fox’s 2-hour “Idol,” ABC’s “The Middle” outdelivered NBC’s “Off their Rockers” by 13% in viewers (7.0 million vs. 6.2 million) and by 31% in Adults 18-49 (2.1/7 vs. 1.6/5). In addition, the ABC comedy beat out “Survivor” for its 5th straight original telecast in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.


  • “The Middle” rose by double digits over its year-ago telecast on the evening (6.1 million and 1.8/6), surging by 15% in viewers and by 17% in young adults year to year.


“Suburgatory” (8:30-9:00 p.m.)

Retaining 100% of its young adult lead-in at 8:30 p.m., ABC’s “Suburgatory” towered  over its NBC freshman comedy competition in its slot, more than doubling the numbers for “Best Friends Forever” in Total Viewers (+110% – 6.1 million vs. 2.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+133% – 2.1/.6 vs. 0.9/3). For the 5th time in as many first-run telecasts, the ABC freshman comedy outran the second half of “Survivor: One World” by double digits with Adults 18-34 (+15%) and Women 18-34 (+29%).


  • “Suburgatory” delivered big year-over-year improvement for ABC in the half-hour, jumping by 27% in viewers and by 40% in young adults over original comedy programming on the same night last year (“Better with You” = 4.8 million and 1.5/4).


“Modern Family” (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

Wednesday’s dominant No. 1 scripted show in Adults 18-49 (4.1/11), ABC’s “Modern Family” nearly doubled its lead-in at 9:00 p.m. to beat its closest scripted competition by 37% (CBS’ “Criminal Minds” = 3.0/8). In addition, “Modern Family” finished as Wednesday’s No. 1 TV program among hard-to-reach Men 18-34, beating out “Idol” by 13% on the night (2.6/8 vs. 2.3/8).


  • ABC’s “Modern Family” grew over its year-ago broadcast (9.6 million and 3.9/10) by 7% in viewers and by 5% in young adults.


“Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

During the 9:30 p.m. half-hour against the conclusion of “Idol,” ABC’s debut of “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” opened as the No. 1 scripted show in its slot across the 18-34 demographics (A18-34/W18-34/M18-34).


  • Exhibiting improved lead-in retention for ABC, “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” (7.0 million and 2.9/7) drew the Net’s biggest audience in the slot in over 3 months and its highest Adult 18-49 number in more than 2 months – since 1/4/12 and 2/8/12, respectively.  In addition, the show improved the half-hour for ABC year to year with in Adults 18-49 (+4% – “Happy Endings” on 4/13/11 = 2.8/7).


  • Holding strong retention of its “Modern Family” lead-in with viewers and young adults (68%/71%), “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” generated ABC’s best retention in the half-hour coming out of an original “Modern Family” in 1 year – since 4/13/11.


“Revenge: From the Beginning” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o’clock hour 1 week before returning to originals, ABC’s “Revenge: From the Beginning” series recap show defeated NBC’s original “Law & Order: SVU” in both Total Viewers (+4% – 5.6 million vs. 5.4 million) and Adults 25-54 (+10% – 2.2/5 vs. 2.0/5), while tying among Adults 18-49 (1.6/4).  In addition, beating original dramas on CBS and NBC, ABC ranked No. 1 in the hour with Women 18-34.


  • The “Revenge” clip-show produced 6-week highs for ABC in the hour with Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.
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