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ABC Finishes as the 2nd-Most-Watched Network on Season Premiere Tuesday


Building Throughout, ABC’s “DWTS: All-Stars – The Results Show” Outdraws NBC

And Fox by Wide Margins from 8-10pm and Moves Up to No. 2 at 9:30 in Key Adults


ABC’s “Private Practice” is Up from its Tuesday Premiere and Tops its Season Finale



Tuesday Night (8:00-11:00)

With “DWTS: All-Stars — The Results Show” and “Private Practice,” ABC (9.9 million) qualified as the 2nd-most-watched TV network on season premiere Tuesday to CBS (“NCIS”/”NCIS: LA”/”Vegas”).  ABC outdrew NBC by 2.5 million viewers (“The Voice”/”Go On”/”New Normal”/”Parenthood” = 7.4 million) and more than doubled Fox’s comedy premieres on the night (+102% ahead of “New Girl”/”Ben and Kate”/”New Girl”/”The Mindy Project” = 4.9 million).


“DWTS: All-Stars — The Results Show” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

Gaining audience during each half-hour of its 2-hour telecast opposite big competition, ABC’s “DWTS: All-Stars — The Results Show” (11.6 million) finished No. 2 among Viewers in its 8:00-10:00 p.m. time period, outdrawing by wide margins both NBC (+32% – 8.8 million) and Fox (+137% – 4.9 million).  Building throughout its broadcast, “The Results Show” ranked No. 2 in its final half-hour (9:30-10:00 p.m.) in Adults 18-49 (2.5/7) and Adults 25-54 (3.4/8).  Actress Pamela Anderson was the first celebrity dancer to be eliminated from the competition this season.


“Private Practice” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

During the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s 6th season premiere of “Private Practice” beat out NBC’s “Parenthood” by 1.8 million viewers (6.6 million vs. 4.8 million), by 6% in Adults 18-49 (1.9/5 vs. 1.8/5) and by 9% in Adults 25-54 (2.4/6 vs. 2.2/6).  The ABC drama ranked No. 1 in the hour with key Women (W18-34/W18-49).


  • ABC’s “Private Practice” was up over its April premiere in its Tuesday time period across all key Adults:  A18-34 (+18%), A18-49 (+12%) and A25-54 (+4%).  In addition, “Private Practice” topped its season finale in May (5/15/12) by 6% in Adults 18-49 and by 30% in Adults 18-34.


A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 45% currently, from 42% at the same point in 2011. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.


Source: The Nielsen Company (Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Program Ratings), 09/25/12.


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