via press release:

ABC is No. 1 in Nielsen’s Non-Sports Adult 18-49 November Sweep Averages


ABC is Up in Total Viewers and the Only Net to Hold Steady in Adults 18-49


The Net Airs 6 of the Top 15 Non-Sports Broadcast Series for the Month

In Adults 18-49 with the Top Dramas and the No. 1 Freshman Comedy


ABC No. 1 Net in the 10pm Hour with Key Adults for 2nd Straight November


November 2014 (28 Nights – Complete):

Excluding sports to level the playing field for the NFL-boosted averages, ABC finished a strong No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (2.1/6) for the 2014 November Sweep, leading CBS by 24% (1.7/5), NBC by 40% (1.5/5) and Fox by 62% (1.3/4). And based on all programming in Adults 18-49, the Net moved up a notch year to year to rank a solid No. 2 to an NFL-fueled NBC (2.0/6 vs. 2.3/7), while leading CBS by 11% (1.8/6) and Fox by 54% (1.3/4). ABC was the No. 1 network for the month across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).


·       Up in Total Viewers and Holds Steady in Adults 18-49: Based on all programming, ABC was up November to November in Total Viewers (+3% – 8.1 million vs. 7.9 million) and was the only net to hold steady in Adults 18-49 (2.0/6). In fact, each of the other nets dropped by double digits year to year in Adults 18-49: CBS -18%, NBC -12% and Fox -24%.


·       No. 1 on 4 of 7 Nights of the Week in November in Adults 18-49: During the month, ABC held the top network position on 4 nights of the week with young adults, including Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In fact, ABC won all 4 Thursdays of the November Sweep for the first time in at least 23 years – predating the 1991 start of Nielsen’s electronic database. 


·       Highest-Rated TV Series: Based on Nielsen’s Most Current ratings to include all available TV playback, ABC claimed 6 of the Top 15 non-sports broadcast series during November in Adults 18-49 (the most for any net), including 5 of the Top 10, the top dramas (“Scandal” and “HTGAWM” tied for No. 1) and the No. 1 freshman comedy (“black-ish”): “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder” tied at No. 2, “Modern Family” – No. 4,  “Upon a Time” – No. 7, “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 8 and “black-ish” – No. 14. ABC’s “DWTS” was TV’s most-watched unscripted series for the 2nd straight November, outdrawing both editions of NBC’s “The Voice.”


·       No. 1 Network in the 10 o’clock Hour for 2nd Straight November in Key Adults: ABC was November’s No. 1 network for the 2nd year in a row during the 10 o’clock hour on Monday-Friday, as a lead-in to affiliates’ late-local news. ABC led the No. 2 networks by double digits in Adults 18-49 (+27% – 1.9/6 vs. 1.5/5-NBC) and Adults 25-54 (+20% – 2.4/6 vs. 2.0/6-CBS).


·       November’s Most Social Broadcasts:  ABC aired 3 of the Top 5 most social broadcasts of the month, claiming the Top 2: “American Music Awards” (5.7 million tweets) – No. 1, “Scandal” (1.3 million) – No. 2 and the “Country Music Association Awards” (1.0 million) – No. 5.






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Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings for 10/30-11/26/14 vs. 10/31-11/27/13, unless specified otherwise.  Nielsen Socialguide 10/30-11/26/14, Total Tweets +/- 3hrs during telecast.

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