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ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Finishes as the Week’s No. 1 Entertainment Show


Tuesday’s No. 1 Comedy in Viewers and Young Adults, Back-to-Back
Replays of ABC’s “Last Man Standing” Dominate Fox’s Comedy Encores

“The Middle” and “Suburgatory” Mark Their Most-Watched Tuesday Repeats


ABC’s “Body of Proof” Generates its Biggest-Ever Repeat Audience


ABC’s Repeat Wednesday Comedies Dominate NBC and Fox Comedy Encores


ABC Towers Over the Final Night of 2011, Winning All 6 Half-Hours and Beating

Its Combined Competition on New Year’s Eve Saturday in Viewers and Adults 18-49


ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012”

Finishes No. 1 on Saturday, Crushing NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”


“Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Produces its Biggest-Ever Audience on ABC


WEEK No. 15:

During the week of December 26, 2011, ABC aired 2 of the Top 4 non-sports TV programs in Adults 18-49, including the No. 1 non-sports show with “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest ’12:”  “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ‘12” – No. 1 and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: 40th Anniversary” – No. 4.  Drawing the annual special’s biggest-ever audience since debuting on ABC in 2000, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ‘12” also finished as TV’s most-watched entertainment program overall in primetime for the week. And although it aired outside of prime, the late-night portion of “New Year’s Rockin” pulled in an average audience of 22.6 million viewers (11:30 p.m.-12:35 a.m.), achieving an 11-year high for the program – best since 2000.



Featuring comedy encores from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and a repeat drama at 10:00 p.m., ABC came in as the 2nd-most-watched TV network on Tuesday night (5.1 million) to CBS, outdrawing NBC by 89% (2.7 million) and Fox’s repeat comedy lineup by 113% (2.4 million). In addition, ABC ran in a near-tie for first place on the night among its network rivals in Adults 18-49 with CBS (1.3/4 vs. 1.4/4 – pacing within 1-tenth of a rating point and tied in audience share).


  • The Net scored double-digit week-to-week gains with viewers (+11%) and young adults (+18%) and also grew over the same night last year by 42% in Total Viewers and by 30% in Adults 18-49 (3.6 million and 1.0/3 on 12/28/10).


“Last Man Standing/Last Man Standing” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

During the 8 o’clock hour, back-to-back replays of ABC’s “Last Man Standing” earned second place with Total Viewers, outdrawing the overall audience of Fox’s encore “Glee” by 181% (5.9 million vs. 2.1 million). The broad-appealing comedy also came in second versus its network rivals in the hour in Adults 18-49 (1.5/4), Men 18-49 and Women 18-49, while topping its net rivals in Teens 12-17 (tie) and Kids 2-11.


  • ABC’s “Last Man Standing” finished as Tuesday’s No. 1 comedy for the 2nd straight weekBoth episodes of “Last Man”(6.0 million and 1.5/4 at 8:00 p.m. and 5.7 million and 1.5/4 at 8:30 p.m.) towered over encores of Fox’s “Glee”(2.1 million and 0.7/2) at 8:00 p.m., “New Girl” (2.8 million and 1.0/3) at 9:00 p.m. and “Raising Hope” (2.7 million and 0.9/2) at 9:30 p.m. with Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.


“The Middle” (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

In the 9 o’clock half-hour, ABC’s repeat “The Middle” ranked No. 1 against its network rivals in Adults 18-49 (1.4/4), beating CBS’ special presentation of “The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” by 8% (1.3/4), Fox’s replay of “New Girl” by 40% (1.0/3) and NBC’s “The Biggest Loser 12: Where Are They Now?” by 56% (0.9/3). The repeat ABC sitcom led its net rivals in the half-hour in key Women (W18-34/W18-49).


  • “The Middle” was up over the prior week’s repeat in the time slot by 12% in Total Viewers and by 8% in Adults 18-49, marking its most-watched repeat on the night this season.


“Suburgatory” (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

At 9:30 p.m., ABC’s replay “Suburgatory” led its network rivals in Adults 18-49 (1.2/3), beating its repeat comedy competition on Fox by 33% (“Raising Hope” = 0.9/2) and original programming on CBS by 20% (1.0/3). Like its lead-in, “Suburgatory” ranked No. 1 against its net rivals in its slot in Women 18-34 and Women 18-49.


  • The freshman comedy posted sizable double-digit gains over its week-ago repeat in viewers (+24%) and young adults (+20%) to deliver its most-watched Tuesday repeat of the season.


“Body of Proof” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC’s repeat “Body of Proof” more than doubled NBC’s encore drama (“Parenthood”) in Total Viewers (+143% – 5.1 million vs. 2.1 million).


  • “Body of Proof” grew week to week by 11% in Total Viewers and by 25% in Adults 18-49 to turn in its best-ever repeat number in Total Viewers.



With repeat comedies from 8:00-10:00 p.m. (“The Middle”/”Suburgatory”/”Modern Family”/”Happy Endings”) and a replay of “Revenge” at 10:00 p.m., ABC (1.2/3) beat NBC by 50% (0.8/2) and Fox’s encore comedy lineup (from 8:00-10:00 p.m.) by 20% (1.0/3) on Wednesday night among Adults 18-49. ABC also finished as the 2nd-most-watched broadcaster on the evening (4.0 million).


  • At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s replay of “The Middle” dominated its repeat comedy competition in the half-hour among Total Viewers (5.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4), leading NBC’s “Up All Night” by 1.9 million viewers and 30% in young adults (3.4 million and 1.0/3), and Fox’s “Raising Hope” by 2.9 million viewers and 44% in young adults (2.4 million and 0.9/3).


  • ABC’s encore “Suburgatory” qualified as the 2nd-most-watched program (4.6 million) in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour, outdrawing NBC’s “Whitney” by 1.9 million viewers (2.7 million) and Fox’s “Raising Hope” by 2.4 million viewers (2.2 million). In addition, among young adults, the ABC freshman sitcom (1.4/4) defeated competing sitcoms on NBC by 56% (0.9/2) and on Fox by 75% (0.8/2).


  • Standing as the top comedy of the night, ABC’s replay “Modern Family” at 9:00 p.m. ranked No. 2 in its slot in both viewers and young adults, while finishing No. 1 with Women 18-34. Head to head against Fox’s repeat “New Girl” in the half-hour, “Modern Family” more than doubled the Fox sitcom’s overall audience (+124% – 5.6 million vs. 2.5 million), while outperforming it by 73% in Adults 18-49 (1.9/5 vs. 1.1/3).


  • Like its lead-in, a replay of ABC’s “Happy Endings” beat Fox’s “New Girl” during the 9:30 p.m. half-hour in both Total Viewers (+21% – 3.5 million vs. 2.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+9% – 1.2/3 vs. 1.1/3).



“Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m., ABC’s annual rebroadcast of “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” earned second place against its network rivals with Adults 18-49 (1.1/3), leading Fox’s encore “Bones” by 10% (1.0/3) and NBC’s repeat comedies by 83% (“Community”/“Parks and Recreation” = 0.6/2). The animated holiday special topped its net rivals with Kids 2-11 (1.4/5).



“ABC Friday Movie of the Week” (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

With its rebroadcast of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from 8:00-11:00 p.m., ABC ranked No. 1 against its network rivals on Friday evening with Adults 18-49 (1.0/3-tied w/CBS), leading Fox by 43% (0.7/2) and NBC’s mostly original lineup by 11% (0.9/3). ABC also topped its net rivals among Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Kids 2-11.



With its New Year’s Eve lineup, featuring “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party” and “Dick Cark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012,”  ABC finished a dominant No. 1 on the evening among Total Viewers (9.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.0/11), winning all 6 half-hours of the night and beating its combined network competition by 3.3 million viewers and by 76% with young adults (CBS, NBC and Fox combined = 6.6 million and 1.7/6).


  • Among viewers and young adults, ABC marked its biggest New Year’s Eve numbers during primetime in 11 years – since 12/31/00.  Hitting season-highs on the night, ABC generated its most-watched Saturday night overall in more than 2 years – since 12/5/09 with coverage of the college football Big 12 Championship game.


“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party” (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

ABC took full control from 8:00–10:00 p.m. with “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party” leading its nearest broadcast competition (CBS) by 236% in viewers (8.4 million vs. 2.5 million) and by 400% with young adults (2.5/9 vs. 0.5/2).

“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ‘12” (10:00-11:00 p.m.) 

Surging over its lead-in, ABC’s broadcast of “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012” towered over 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: Adults 18-34 (3.3/15), Adults 18-49 (4.1/15) and Adults 25-54 (5.0/15).  In fact during the final hour of prime, “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” more than doubled the combined deliveries of CBS and NBC with Total Viewers (+105% – 12.9 million vs. 6.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (+156% – 4.1/15 vs. 1.6/6).


  • Head-to-head from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” crushed NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly Prime” (3.1 million and 0.9/3) by 9.8 million viewers and by 356% in Adults 18-49.


  • “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” pulled in its biggest audience ever on ABC – the special premiered on the Net in 2000The show shot up over last year’s telecast by 3.7 million viewers and by 46% in Adults 18-49 (9.2 million and 2.8/11 on 12/31/10).


WEEK NO. 15:   ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS

No.1   NBC 2.0      No.1 CBS     8,200,000

No.2   CBS 1.7      No.2 NBC     6,340,000

No.3   ABC 1.3      No.3 ABC     4,710,000

No.4   FOX 1.0      No.4 FOX     2,910,000

No.5   CW  0.3      No.5 CW        900,000



Source: The Nielsen Company, National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings, week of 12/26/11.

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