via press release:
ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 7.6 million and 2.3/7 in AD18-49): Growing week to week, ABC ranked #1 on Wednesday for the 2nd time in 3 weeks among Adults 18-49 (2.3/7). ABC’s Modern Family (3.7/11), black-ish (2.6/8) and The Goldbergs (2.4/7 –tied w/Survivor) ranked as the Top 3 TV shows of the night. In fact, Modern Family was Wednesday’s top-rated TV series for its 8th straight telecast this season. The Net was up from the prior Wednesday in Total Viewers (+3%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%) for its best performance on the night with its regular lineup since season-premiere Wednesday – since 9/24/14. All 5 of ABC’s Wednesday series were up week to week in Adults 18-49.
At 8pm, The Middle was up week to week in viewers (+2% – 8.3 million vs. 8.1 million) and young adults (+16% – 2.2/7 vs. 1.9/6), hitting new season highs for its strongest performance since February – since 2/5/14.
Building on its young adult lead-in (+9%) at 8:30pm (7th consecutive telecast), The Goldbergs grew week to week in viewers (+3% – 7.7 million vs. 7.5 million) and young adults (+14% – 2.4/7 vs. 2.1/6). The ABC sophomore comedy delivered a new season high for the 2nd week in Total Viewers (series’ 2nd biggest audience ever) and equaled its top Adult 18-49 number since its series debut (on 9/24/13). Season to date in Adults 18-49, The Goldbergs has improved its Wednesday half-hour by 43%, while gaining 20% from its Tuesday delivery at the same point last year in its freshman season.
At 9pm, Modern Family built over the prior week in Total Viewers (+11% – 10.9 million vs. 9.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+16% – 3.7/11 vs. 3.2/9) to deliver best-since-premiere numbers – since 9/24/14.
n the 9:30pm half-hour, black-ish was the #1 series in its slot for its 6th straight broadcast in Adults 18-49. The freshman comedy was up week to week in viewers (+1%- 4-week high) and young adults (+4% – 3-week high). black-ish greatly improved its slot year to year for ABC, topping the year-ago telecast of Super Fun Night (on 11/20/13) by 44% in Total Viewers (7.9 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 44% in Adults 18-49 (2.6/8 vs. 1.8/5). Season to date, black-ish has boosted its slot by impressive margins in Total Viewers (+44%) and Adults 18-49 (+32%).
Season to date, ABC’s Wednesday comedy block is up year to year in viewers (+14%) and young adults (+16%), performing at 3-year highs and leading the 2-hour time period by 16% in Adults 18-49 over its nearest competition (CBS).
During the 10pm hour, ABC’s Nashville gained 7% week to week in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 vs. 1.4/5) to tie a season high and its top rating in nearly 1 year – since 12/4/13.