via press release:

ABC Claims 3 of the Top 20 Most-Watched Shows of the Week,

And Delivers the Week’s Top 3 Newsmagazines in Key Adult Demos


ABC Draws Second Largest Audience of the Summer on Monday,
While Hitting Top Summer Numbers since Last August in Key Women


ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Hits a Season-High in Total Viewers
and a Best-Since-Premiere Number in Adults 18-49


“The Glass House” Ranks No. 2 at 10pm versus CBS and NBC in Total Viewers
and Adults 18-49, While Ranking No. 1 in Adults 18-34 and Key Women


A Special Tuesday “Wipeout” Delivers Summer-Highs for ABC in the 8pm Hour


Shooting Up Over its Lead-in by 2.5 Million Viewers,
ABC’s “NY Med” Debuts as the Most-Watched Series at 10 O’clock


ABC’s “Duets” Outdraws Fox’s “Take Me Out” by 1.7 Million Viewers


At 9 O’clock, ABC’s “Wipeout” is No. 2 in Viewers to CBS’
“Big Brother” Premiere, Crushing Fox’s Finale of “The Choice”


ABC’s “Rookie Blue” Tops its CBS and NBC Competition at 10pm with key Women


ABC is Friday’s Most-Watched Television Network for the 2nd Week Running


ABC’s “Shark Tank” Delivers its Best Performance This Summer


Friday’s No. 1 Program in Total Viewers, “20/20-FRIDAY” Delivers
ABC’s Top Regular Performance at 9pm This Summer in Key Adults


At 10 O’clock, “20/20” Achieves its Highest Adult Ratings in Over 1 Month


ABC is No. 1 on Sunday in Adults 18-49, Tying its Top Regular Sunday This Summer


Posting Summer-Highs, ABC’s Repeat “AFHV” Ranks No. 1 at 7pm with Young Adults


ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” Matches the Prior Week’s Season-Best Performance


ABC’s “EM: Weight Loss Edition” Builds in Each Half-Hour of its 2-Hour Broadcast, Surging by 1.1 Million Viewers and 33% in Adults 18-49 From Start to Finish


WEEK No. 43:

During the week of July 9, 2012, ABC claimed 3 of the Top 20 most-watched TV shows:  “The Bachelorette” – No. 5, “Wipeout-THURS” – No. 17 and “Secret Millionaire” – No. 19. For the 2nd week in a row, ABC aired the No. 1 newsmagazine in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, delivering the week’s Top 3 newsmagazines on both measures with “20/20-FRI,” “20/20-FRIDAY” and the debut of “NY Med.” Building week to week by double-digit margins in Total Viewers (+13% – 4.5 million vs. 4.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+18% – 1.3/4 vs. 1.1/4), ABC earned its best numbers in 3 weeks – since w/o 6/18/12.



With its lineup of “The Bachelorette” and “The Glass House,” ABC (6.5 million) outdrew Fox with its unscripted originals by 8% (6.0 million – “Hell’s Kitchen”/”MasterChef”).  In Adults 18-49 (2.0/6), ABC led NBC (1.1/3 – including originals of “Fear Factor” and “American Ninja Warrior”) by 82%.  For the 5th time in 6 weeks, ABC took first place on the Monday with all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).


  • ABC marked its 2nd-most-watched Monday this summer and hit its highest summer numbers since early last August with key Women (W18-34/W18-49) – since 8/8/11.


“The Bachelorette” (8:00-10:04 p.m.)

Beating Fox’s unscripted lineup (“Hell’s Kitchen”/”MasterChef”) from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ABC’s “The Bachelorette” won its time slot to qualify as Monday’s No. 1 TV show in Total Viewers (8.1 million) and top series in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7).  Additionally, for the 8th week running, the ABC unscripted series won its slot across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54), while qualifying as Monday’s No. 1 TV show for the 5th straight week on all three measures.


  • The Bachelorette” hit a season-high in Total Viewers, while generating its strongest young adult performance since its season opener 8 weeks ago – since 5/14/12.


  • Ranking as the No. 7 TV show overall for the week in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “The Bachelorette” finished among the Top 10 for the 4th week in a row. In fact, “The Bachelorette” registered as the No. 1 program overall across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54) for the 2nd week in a row.


“The Glass House” (10:04-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “The Glass House” finished No. 2 against its network rivals with Total Viewers (2.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.0/3), while ranking No. 1 with Adults 18-34 and among key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49).



“Wipeout-TUES” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

A special Tuesday episode of ABC’s “Wipeout” drew the Net’s largest audience in the 8 o’clock hour this summer in Total Viewers (4.7 million), while also matching ABC’s strongest performance with Adults 18-49 (1.5/5).


  • “Wipeout” made ABC the No. 1 broadcaster in the 8:00 p.m. hour with Kids 2-11 (1.6/5-tie). In fact, the broad-appealing series turned in ABC’s best Kids performance in the time slot in 9 months – since 10/11/11.


“NY Med” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Building on its lead-in by 2.5 million viewers, the debut of ABC’s “NY Med” shot up to rank as the No. 1 series in its 10 o’clock time period with Total Viewers (5.5 million). The new ABC series outdrew CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery” by 10% (5.0 million) and NBC’s “Love in the Wild” by 31% (4.2 million). In addition, “NY Med” (1.7/4) beat its CBS (1.5/4) and NBC (1.5/4) competition with the key news demo by 13% each in the hour.


  • “NY Med” greatly improved over original series programming in the time slot on the year-ago night (“Combat Hospital” on 7/12/11) by 49% in Total Viewers, 42% in Adults 25-54 and 50% in Adults 18-49.



ABC ranked No. 2 on Thursday night to aBig Brother”-fueled CBS in Total Viewers (5.1 million), while beating NBC by 75% (0.8/2) and Fox by 17% (1.2/4) among Adults 18-49 (1.4/4).


  • ABC was up over the prior week by 8% among young adults, matching its top-rated non-sports performance on the night since the end of May – since 5/31/12.


“Duets” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

In the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Duets” was the 2nd-most-watched show, outdrawing its unscripted competition on Fox (“Take Me Out”) by 1.7 million viewers (4.7 million vs. 3.0 million).


“Wipeout” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

ABC’s “Wipeout” earned second place to CBS’ season premiere of “Big Brother 14” from 9:00-10:00 p.m., dominating the season finale of Fox’s “The Choice” by 2.7 million viewers (5.7 million vs. 3.0 million) and 50% in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6 vs. 1.2/4). “Wipeout” also nearly quadrupled (+260%) the young adult delivery of NBC’s “Saving Hope” (0.5/2). For the 3rd week in a row, the broad-appealing ABC unscripted series stood as Thursday’s No. 1 broadcast program with Kids 2-11.


  • Despite the increased competition from the “Big Brother” premiere, ABC’s “Wipeout” built its overall Viewer count from the prior week’s telecast (+2%) and held 100% of its Adult 18-49 audience. In addition, “Wipeout” grew by double-digit margins in Men 18-34 (+33%) and Kids 2-11 (+16%) to hit a best-since-premiere number and a season-high, respectively.


“Rookie Blue” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Rookie Blue” finished as the No. 1 program among Women 18-49 (1.7/5) and Women 25-54 (2.0/5) on the major networks.


  • The ABC drama grew for the 2nd straight telecast in Women 18-49 (+6%) and Women 25-54 (+5%), marking its highest numbers in 3 weeks – since 6/7/12.



ABC qualified as the most-watched television network on Friday night for the 2nd consecutive week (4.9 million), while topping NBC by 20% (1.0/4), CBS by 71% (0.7/3) and Fox by 100% (0.6/2) in Adults 18-49 (1.2/5).


  • ABC claimed Friday’s No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers for the 2nd week running.


“Shark Tank” (8:00-9:01 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s rebroadcast “Shark Tank” was the most-watched show (4.8 million), leading runner-up CBS’ replay “Undercover Boss” by 9% (4.4 million). The repeat ABC series defeated its rivals in Adults 18-49 for the 2nd straight week.


  • Growing over the prior week’s encore by 21% in Total Viewers and by 8% in Adults 18-49, “Shark Tank” marked summer-highs.


“20/20-FRIDAY” (9:01-10:00 p.m.)

ABC’s “20/20-FRIDAY” won the 9 o’clock hour and qualified as Friday’s most-watched TV program overall (5.0 million). Head to head in the time slot, ABC’s “20/20-FRIDAY” outperformed the first hour of NBC’s “Dateline” by 1.6 million viewers (5.0 million vs. 3.4 million), by 30% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 1.0/3) and by 33% in Adults 25-54 (1.6/5 vs. 1.2/4).


  • “20/20-FRIDAY” delivered ABC’s strongest performance in the hour with regular programming this summer in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 (tie).


“20/20” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

At 10 o’clock, ABC’s “20/20” turned in its best performance in over a month in Adults 25-54 (1.7/5) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4) – since 6/8/12. In addition, the ABC newsmagazine was up over its year-ago telecast by 7% in Total Viewers, by 6% in Adults 25-54 and 8% in Adults 18-49.



ABC ranked No. 1 on Sunday night among Adults 18-49 for the 2nd week running (1.4/4-tie), beating CBS (with the Sunday premiere of “Big Brother 14”) by 27% (1.1/3) and NBC (with a 2-hour “Dateline”) by 56% (0.9/3). ABC also won the night with Adults 25-54 and among key Women demographics (W18-49/W25-54).


  • For the 2nd week in a row, ABC matched its strongest Sunday this summer with regular programming.


“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

ABC’s replayAmerica’s Funniest Home Videos” finished No. 1 in the 7 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 (1.2/4), beating NBC’s original “Dateline” by 71% (0.7/3). The broad-appealing ABC series also won its time period across all key Women demographics and stood as the top-rated broadcast program with Kids 2-11.


  • Launching over the prior week’s repeat by 16% in Total Viewers (5.2 million vs. 4.5 million) and 20% with Adults 18-49 (1.2/4 vs. 1.0/4), ABC’s “AFHV” delivered its best performance this summer to date. In addition, the veteran ABC video-clip show was upover its year-ago telecast by 4% and 9% with viewers and young adults, respectively (5.0 million and 1.1/4 on 7/17/11).


“Secret Millionaire” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Building sharply on its lead-in (+25%), ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” matched the prior week’s season-high in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5).


“EM: Weight Loss Edition” (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’s “EM: Weight Loss Edition” continued to grow during each half-hour of its broadcast, soaring by 1.1 million viewers (3.7 million to 4.8 million) and 33% in Adults 18-49 (1.2/3 to 1.6/5) from start to finish. In fact, the ABC unscripted series shot up to rank No. 1 during its second hour from 10:00-11:00 p.m. with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.



WEEK NO. 43:   ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS

No.1   FOX 1.7      No.1 CBS     5,450,000

No.2   ABC 1.3      No.2 FOX     4,940,000

No.3   CBS 1.1      No.3 ABC     4,490,000

No.4   NBC 1.1      No.4 NBC     4,410,000

No.5   CW  0.3      No.5 CW        690,000



Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 07/09/12.

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