ABC Doubles Its Sunday Competition With ‘American Idol’ as the No. 1 Show

ABC Doubles Its Sunday Competition With ‘American Idol’ as the No. 1 Show

Quick Take for Sunday, May 12, 2019
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC Doubles Its Sunday Competition With ‘American Idol’ as the No. 1 Show

‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Draws Its Biggest Audience Since Early March

ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Improves on Its Year-Ago Finale by 22% in Total Viewers
ABC Sunday Prime Time (7:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.9 million and 1.0/4 in AD18-49):
ABC dominated Sunday night among Adults 18-49 (1.0/4), doubling its nearest competitors(+100% over NBC, CBS and Fox tied at 0.5/2). In fact, the Net marked its 5th consecutive week as the No. 1 broadcaster in all 4 hours of Sunday’s prime time among Adults 18-49, with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.0/5), “American Idol” (1.1/5) and the season finale of “Shark Tank” (0.8/3). ABC stood as the most-watched network overall on Sunday for the 3rd week in a row (5.9 million). ABC’s “American Idol” topped the evening among Adults 18-49, ranking as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast entertainment series for the 11th week in a row(on each telecast this season). “Idol” also finished as Sunday’s No. 1 most social program in broadcast prime time with 1.3 million total interactions.

  • In the 7 o’clock hour, ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” grew week to week by 6% in Total Viewers (5.6 million vs. 5.3 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/5 vs. 0.9/5), marking its most-watched original telecast since the beginning of March – since 3/3/19.


  • Airing from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ABC’s “American Idol” rose from its week-earlier preliminary Fast Affiliate average by 6% in Total Viewers (7.1 million vs. 6.7 million) and held even with Adults 18-49 (1.1/5). Editors, please note: ABC’s “American Idol” aired live across the U.S., so pre-prime viewing in the Pacific Time Zone is not yet included in the Fast Affiliate averages. Last Sunday’s telecast grew by 768,000 Total Viewers and by 1-tenth of an Adult 18-49 rating point, with the inclusion of the pre-prime viewing in the National Live + Same Day ratings released by Nielsen on Tuesday.
  • At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Shark Tank” season finale led its hour among Adults 18-49 (0.8/3) by 33% over CBS’ “NCIS: LA” (0.6/3) and by 100% over NBC’s “Good Girls” (0.4/2). “Shark Tank” grew week to week by 8% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.6 million) and by 14% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.7/3). “Shark Tank” improved on its year-ago season finale by 22% in Total Viewers and held even in Adults 18-49 (3.2 million and 0.8/3 on 2/25/18).

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 5/12/19.

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