via press notes:
With the season finale of No Ordinary Family, DWTS Results Show and Body of Proof, ABC finished as the 2nd-most-watched network on Tuesday night to CBS, topping NBC by 4.4 million viewers and Fox by 7.6 million viewers.
- Building year to year for the 2nd straight week, the Net grew its audience from the same night last year (4/6/10), over an all-original schedule (DWTS Results/Lost/V), by 1.5 million viewers.
From 8-9pm against CBS’ top-rated NCIS and the first hour of NBC’s 2-hour The Biggest Loser: Couples, ABC’s season finale of No Ordinary Family attracted the show’s biggest audience and equaled its highest Adult 18-49 rating in nearly 3 months – since 1/18/11. The show rose sharply over the penultimate episode of its freshman season (3/26/11), surging by 63% in Total Viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49.
Leaping to the top of the 9 o’clock hour for the 2nd consecutive week, ABC’s DWTS Results Show ranked #1 in its time period in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. The ABC dancing results show stood as Tuesday’s #1 TV show across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). TV host Wendy Williams was the second celebrity to be eliminated from the show this season.
- DWTS Results Show posted strong year-to-year gains, surging by 26% in Total Viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49 over the same night last year.
In the 10 o’clock hour against established first-run dramas on CBS (The Good Wife) and NBC (Parenthood), ABC’s Body of Proof finished #1 for the 2nd week in a row in Total Viewers and key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54). Exhibiting stronger lead-in retention week to week, ABC’s Body of Proof beat out CBS’ The Good Wife (+20%) and NBC’s Parenthood (+26%) by wide margins among Adults 18-49.
- Body of Proof built substantially over its most-recent telecast this past Sunday (4/3/11), gaining 31% in Total Viewers and 20% in Adults 18-49.
- The new drama delivered 5.3 million more viewers to the time period for ABC, over the year-ago night with original drama programming.