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ABC Wins the Week and Leads the Season in Nielsen’s Non-Sports Averages


ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is TV’s Most-Watched Entertainment Show


 “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” Surges by Double-Digits to 6-Year Highs


“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” Earns its Strongest Performance Since 2010


ABC Dominates New Year’s Eve, More than Doubling its Nearest Competition


ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” Grows Year to Year

In Viewers and Young Adults, Drawing the Special’s 2nd-Largest-Ever Audience


“America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the No. 1 Non-Sports TV Show at 7pm


“Galavant” Opens as Sunday’s Top-Rated Series Debut Since March in Adults 18-49


“Resurrection” Returns for its Most-Watched Telecast Since Early November


“Revenge” Delivers Double-Digit Year-to-Year Time-Period Improvement for ABC

ABC Adult 18-49 Weekly Ratings Projections (w/o 12/29/14)

ABC’s weekly Live + Same Day Adult 18-49 average is projected to increase 30% to a 1.6 rating in Live + 3 Day and build 38% to a 1.7 rating in Live + 7 Day.


Week No. 15 (Live + Same Day)

During New Year’s Week (w/o 12/29/14), ABC aired 4 of the Top 12 non-sports TV shows in Adults 18-49, delivering 3 in the Top 7: “Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve-Pt 2” – No. 2, “Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve-Pt 1” – No. 6, “Galavant” – No. 7 (No. 3 comedy debut this season) and “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” – No. 12. In addition, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve-Pt 2” was TV’s most-watched entertainment program overall for the week. In fact, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” was up year to year in viewers and young adults, drawing its 2nd-largest audience ever. The Network grew week to week by 15% in viewers and by 20% in young adults.

·         ABC once again won the week in Nielsen’s non-sports averages, outdelivering its nearest competition by 9% among Adults 18-49 (1.2/4 vs. 1.1/3 – CBS), and is the No. 1 TV network season to date on that measure (2.3/7).



“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (8:00-9:00 p.m. – 5.4 million and 1.5/5 in AD18-49):

From 8:00-9:00 p.m., ABC’s annual replay of “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” surged from its year-ago telecast (on 12/30/13) by 32% in Total Viewers (5.4 million vs. 4.1 million) and by 36% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/4 vs. 1.1/3), scoring 6-year highs – since 2008 when ABC began broadcasting the special. ABC’s PEANUTS special nearly tied CBS for the lead in the hour (with a repeat “2 Broke Girls” and an original “Mike & Molly”) in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 vs 1.6/5) and ranked No. 1 with Women 18-49 (1.9/6-tie) and top broadcaster in Kids 2-11 (1.6/6). “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” also finished as the No. 1 broadcast TV show of the night with Kids 2-11.


“Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 3.5 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):

In the 9:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s encore of “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” was also up over its telecast on the same night last year in Total Viewers (+6% – 3.5 million vs. 3.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (+11% – 1.0/3 vs. 0.9/3), hitting 4-year highs – since 2010.  


With its New Year’s Eve line-up, ABC ranked a dominant No. 1 on the final night of 2014, winning all 6 half-hours of prime and beating runner-up NBC by 100% in Total Viewers (9.8 million vs. 4.9 million) and by 133% in Adults 18-49 (2.8/11 vs. 1.2/5). The Net was up from the year-ago New Year’s Eve in prime (9.1 million and 2.6/9).

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Pt 2” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 12.9 million and 3.9/15 in AD18-49):

Jumping over its lead-in at 10:00 p.m., ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” overshadowed the final hour of the night and ranked as the No. 1 TV program in prime with Total Viewers (12.9 million) and across each of the key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).

·         Head-to-head from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” more than doubled NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (5.4 million and 1.5/6) in Total Viewers (+138%) and Adults 18-49 (+160%). ABC’s show also eclipsed Fox’s “Pitbull’s New Year Resolution” earlier in the evening (2.2 million and 0.7/3 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.).

·         “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” grew 6% year to year in Total Viewers (12.9 million vs. 12.2 million) and 3% in Adults 18-49 (3.9/15 vs. 3.8/13), drawing its 2nd-largest-ever overall audience the special premiered on the Net in 2000. The annual show was up by 4.4 million viewers and by 39% in Adults 18-49 from the last time New Year’s fell on a Wednesday in 2008 (8.5 million and 2.8/10 on 12/31/08).


“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m. – 6.1 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49):

Against a monster NFL playoff overrun on Fox (Lions-Cowboys) during the 7:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was the No. 1 non-sports program in its slot among Adults 18-49 (1.3/4), beating CBS’ “60 Minutes” (0.8/2) and the first hour of NBC’s 2-hour “Dateline” (0.7/2).  “AFHV” was up from its last original 4 weeks ago by 3% in Total Viewers and held even in Adults 18-49.


“Galavant” (8:00-9:01 p.m. – 7.4 million and 2.0/5 in AD18-49):

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s debut of “Galavant” jumped over its Adult 18-49 lead-in (+54% – 2.0/5 vs. 1.3/4) to beat its non-NFL-driven competition on NBC by 5% (1.9/5 for “Dateline”) and CBS by 33% (1.5/4 forMadam Secretary”). “Galavant” was up over “Once Upon a Time’s” most recent airing in the hour in Total Viewers (+30%) and Adults 18-49 (+18%).

·         Excluding only NBC’s “Marry Me” coming out of “The Voice,” “Galavant” is TV’s top-rated comedy debut since “black-ish” in September in Adults 18-49 – since 9/24/14. In addition, it equaled the highest-rated Sunday series debut since March – since 3/9/14.

“Resurrection” (9:01-10:01 p.m. – 4.1 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):

At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “Resurrection” returned for its first telecast in 4 weeks up in Total Viewers (+3% – 4.1 million vs. 4.0 million) and even in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3), marking its most-watched telecast overall since November – since 11/9/14.


“Revenge” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 4.0 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49):

During the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Revenge” returned with strong time-period improvement from the same night last year in viewers (+18% – 4.0 million vs. 3.4 million) and young adults (+29% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.7/2).


WEEK NO. 15:   ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS

   No.1   NBC 2.0      No.1 NBC     7,340,000

              No.2   FOX 1.8      No.2 CBS     7,310,000

              No.3   ABC 1.2      No.3 FOX     5,380,000

              No.4   CBS 1.1      No.4 ABC     4,730,000

              No.5   CW  0.3      No.5 CW      1,080,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings for week of 12/29/14.

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