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ABC Wins the Week in Adults 18-49 at a 1-Month High with 2 of the Top 5 Shows


ABC is the No. 1 Broadcaster on Monday for the 3rd Time in the Last 4 Weeks


 “The Bachelorette” Stands as Monday’s No. 1 TV Series in Viewers and Young Adults


“The Whispers” Grows to 3-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49


“Extreme Weight Loss” Posts Best-Since-Premiere Results Opposite Fox’s MLB Game


ABC Towers Over Wednesday, with “The 2015 ESPYS” Sweeping the Night


“ESPY Awards” Hits a New High with the Move to ABC and Draws the

Net’s Biggest Summertime Wednesday Night Audience in 10 Years


“The Astronaut Wives Club” Grows to its Best Adult 18-49 Number Since its Debut


ABC’s “Mistresses” and “Rookie Blue” Equal a Season Highs in Adults 18-49


“Celebrity Family Feud” is Sunday’s No. 1 TV Show with its Biggest Audience Yet


“BattleBots” Builds to 3-Week Highs and Improves its Time Slot Year to Year


“Save My Life” Opens at a Summer High for ABC in its Slot with Adults 18-49


ABC Adult 18-49 Weekly Ratings Projections (w/o 7/13/15)

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. 43 (Live + Same Day)

During the week of July 13, 2015, ABC ranked No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (1.2/4) with its strongest performance in 1 month – since w/o 6/15/15.

·         ABC was up for the 2nd consecutive week in Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+20%) and also grew by double digits over the same week last year on both counts (+15%/+33%).


Summer 2015:  Summer to date (8 complete weeks), ABC ranks No. 1 in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6) with “Celebrity Family Feud” as the highest-rated new TV show.


Rankings: ABC delivered 4 of the Top 15 TV shows in Adults 18-49, placing 2 in the Top 5: “ESPY Awards” – No. 4, “Celebrity Family Feud” – No. 5, “The Bachelorette” – No. 8 and “BattleBots” – No. 14. In addition, the Net delivered 3 of the Top 8 most-watched TV shows overall with “Celebrity Family Feud” (No. 3), “ESPY Awards” (No. 5) and “The Bachelorette” (No. 8).  Further, “The Bachelorette” ranked as the No. 1 telecast for the week with key Women (W18-34/W18-49).



For the 3rd time in 4 weeks, ABC ranked as the No. 1 broadcaster on Monday in Total Viewers (5.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.6/5-tied).  ABC’s “The Bachelorette” was Monday’s No. 1 TV series in Total Viewers (7.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (4th week in a row – 1.9/7).


“The Bachelorette” (8:00-10:01 p.m. – 7.0 million and 1.9/7 in AD18-49):

From 8:00-10:01 p.m., ABC’s “The Bachelorette” outperformed NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” to win its 2-hour slot by 6% in Adults 18-49 (1.9/7 vs. 1.8/6) and led Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” by 90% (1.9/7 vs. 1.0/3). The ABC unscripted series continued to dominate its 2-hour slot in across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).


·         “The Bachelorette” improved on its performance on the same night last year (6.9 million and 1.7/5 on 7/14/14) in Total Viewers (+1%) and Adults 18-49 (+12%), growing from its year-ago telecast for the 7th straight week in the key adult demo.


“The Whispers” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 3.6 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49):

During the 10:00 p.m. hour, ABC’s “The Whispers” turned in week to week increases in Total Viewers (+6% – 3.6 million vs. 3.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3), posting 3-week highs in both measures – since 6/22/15.   


·         On average this summer in the Live + 7 Day data, “The Whispers” spikes 73% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating (gaining +0.8 rating point) to a 1.9 L7 rating. The new ABC drama also adds another 2.3 million Total Viewers (+52%) after 7 days of TV playback, drawing an average audience of 6.7 million viewers in L7.



“Extreme Weight Loss” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 2.7 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49):

Despite airing against Fox’s MLB All-Star Game coverage, ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” spiked over the prior week by 29% in Total Viewers (2.7 million vs. 2.1 million) and 33% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.6/2) to deliver its best numbers since its season premiere 7 weeks ago – since 5/26/15. “Extreme Weight Loss” shot up from its first hour to its second hour in both Viewers (+30%) and young adults (+29%).


“The 2015 ESPYS” (8:00-11:01 p.m. – 7.8 million and 2.2/8 in AD18-49):

“The 2015 ESPYS” on ABC dominated Wednesday night, ranking as the most-watched program in all 6 half-hours of its 8:00-11:00 p.m. broadcast. In fact, the awards show swept the evening, standing as Wednesday’s No. 1 program in Total Viewers and all key Adult/Women/Men demos (AWM18-34/AWM18-49/AWM25-54). With its broadcast of “The 2015 ESPYS,” ABC beat its closest competition on the night by 50% in Total Viewers (7.8 million vs. 5.2 million – CBS) and by 100% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/8 vs. 1.1/4 – CBS, NBC and Fox tied).


·         “The 2015 ESPYS” attracted ABC’s biggest summertime audience on the night since 2005 and the Net’s top young adult number since 2009 – since 7/13/05 and 9/2/09, respectively.


·          “The 2015 ESPYS” shot up from its year-ago telecast on ESPN (7/16/14) by 254% in Total Viewers (7.8 million vs. 2.2 million) and by 100% in Adults 18-49 (2.2/8 vs. 1.1/4) to stand as the most-watched and highest-rated “ESPYS” ever.

·         Peaking in the 10 o’clock hour, “The 2015 ESPYS” grew by 1.8 million viewers (6.7 million to 8.5 million) and 53% among young adults (1.7/7 to 2.6/9) from its first hour to its final hour.


·         With 1,233,877 tweets, “The 2015 ESPYS” was Wednesday’s most-social broadcast.


·         The top 5 highest-rated markets in Households: Kansas City (8.4/15), Atlanta (8.4/14), Philadelphia (8.1/14), Chicago (7.8/14) and Boston (7.6/14).



“The Astronaut Wives Club” (8:00-9:00 p.m. – 4.4 million and 0.9/4 in AD18-49):

ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” grew for the 2nd week in a row in Total Viewers (+2% – 4.4 million vs. 4.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.8/3) to deliver its best young adult number since its season premiere 4 weeks ago since 6/18/15. The new ABC drama ranked a strong 2nd in the 8 o’clock hour among its broadcast rivals in Viewers and Adults 18-49, topping NBC’s “Food Fighters” (3.9 million and 0.9/4) and Fox’s “Boom!” (2.0 million and 0.7/3).


·         “The Astronaut Wives Club” was up over “Black Box” on the same night last year (3.7 million and 0.6/3 on 7/17/14) in Total Viewers (+19%) and Adults 18-49 (+50%), improving the 8:00 p.m. hour by double digits for the 5th straight week.


·         In the most recent round of Live + 7 Day ratings (w/o 6/22/15), “The Astronaut Wives Club” saw larger TV playback growth in its second week versus its week-ago debut in Adults 18-49, growing +63% over its L+SD rating versus +27% the prior week.


“Mistresses” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 3.3 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49):

ABC’s “Mistresses” was up week to week among Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3) to match a season-best rating.

·         “Mistresses” delivered increasing playback gains in the most recent round of L+7 data, growing to +71% in week 2 among Adults 18-49 compared to +56% for the prior week’s premiere.


“Rookie Blue” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.7 million and 0.7/3 in AD18-49):

ABC’s “Rookie Blue” was even with the prior week in Adults 18-49 (0.7/3) to match a season high for the 2nd consecutive week.

·         The most recent L+7 episode of “Rookie Blue” scored the series’ biggest-ever Live + 7 playback increase among Adults 18-49, spiking +83% over its L+SD rating.



ABC led the major nets on Sunday night in Adults 18-49, beating runner-up CBS by 33% (1.2/5 vs. 0.9/3).


·         ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” was Sunday’s No. 1 TV show for the 2nd week in a row with Total Viewers (8.8 million), qualifying as the night’s most-watched entertainment telecast so far this summer.


“Celebrity Family Feud” (8:00-9:01 p.m. – 8.8 million and 2.0/7 in AD18-49):

In the 8 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” ran No. 1 over CBS’ “Big Brother 17” by 3.0 million Total Viewers (8.8 million vs. 5.8 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (2.0/7 vs. 1.8/7). 

·         “Celebrity Family Feud” built week to week in Total Viewers (8.8 million vs. 8.7 million), marking the series’ most-watched telecast overall. “Celebrity Family Feud” improved its hour for the 5th week in a row in Total Viewers (+115%) and Adults 18-49 (+82%).

“BattleBots” (9:01-10:01 p.m. – 4.4 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49):

At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “BattleBots” led its regular competition in its hour for the 2nd week in a row in Total Viewers (4.4 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4), ranking as the No. 1 series in the slot for the 5th week running with young adults.


·         The new ABC show grew week to week in Total Viewers (+7% – 4.4 million vs. 4.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% – 1.3/4 vs. 1.2/4) to 3 week highs – since 6/28/15. “BattleBots” boosted its hour for ABC from the year-ago night by double digits in Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+30%).


“Save My Life: Boston Trauma” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 3.4 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49):

At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s premiere of “Save My Life: Boston Trauma” earned a summertime non-sports high in the time period with Adults 18-49 (0.8/3).  The new show gained 6% in Total Viewers from its first half-hour to its second half-hour (3.3 million to 3.5 million).


WEEK NO. 43:   ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS

   No.1   ABC 1.2      No.1 CBS     5,150,000

              No.2   NBC 1.1      No.2 ABC     4,570,000

              No.2   FOX 1.1      No.3 NBC     4,340,000

              No.4   CBS 0.9      No.4 FOX     3,890,000

              No.5   CW  0.3      No.5 CW      1,070,000



Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live+ Same Day Program Ratings for week of 07/13/15.


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