ABC Is the Week’s No. 1 Network Among 18-49, Claiming Half of the Top 10 Broadcast Programs

ABC Is the Week’s No. 1 Network Among 18-49, Claiming Half of the Top 10 Broadcast Programs

May 22, 2020

Live+3 Day Ratings for the Week of May 11, 2020 (Week No. 34):

ABC Is the Week’s No. 1 Network Among 18-49,

Claiming Half of the Top 10 Broadcast Programs

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During the week of May 11, 2020, ABC ranked as the No. 1 network among Adults (0.8/4), tying Fox, while leading CBS by 14% (0.7/4) and NBC by 33% (0.6/3). ABC won the final Thursday (1.1/6) and Friday (0.8/5) nights of the season and stood as the No. 1 broadcast network on the final Sunday (0.9/5) of the season in Adults 18-49.

ABC claimed 5 of the week’s Top 10 highest-rated broadcast programs in Adults 18-49, marking the most for any network (Fox – 4; NBC – 2, CBS – 1): the season finale of “Station 19” (1.3/7), the season finale of “American Idol” (1.2/6), the season finale of “The Goldbergs” (1.1/6), the series finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.1/6) and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” (1.0/6).

ABC claimed the Top 2 comedies of the week with “The Goldbergs” and “American Housewife” (0.9/5-tie).

ABC had the Top 3 programs on Thursday with “Station 19,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” respectively; the No. 1 program on Friday with “Shark Tank” (0.9/6); and the No. 1 broadcast program on Sunday with “American Idol.”

Tuesday

The season finale of “For Life” grew over the prior week by 17% in Total Viewers (4.1 million vs. 3.5 million) to mark the series’ most-watched telecast in 2 months, and by 13% among Adults 18-49 (0.9/5 vs. 0.8/4) to score its highest-rated telecast in 4 weeks—since 3/10/20 and 4/14/20, respectively.

ABC’s “For Life” ranked as the No. 1 program in the Tuesday 10 o’clock hour with Adults 18-49 (0.9/5). In addition, “For Life” emerged as the night’s No. 2 program in Adults 18-49 (tie) in the L+3 numbers, standing behind only NBC’s “The Voice” and moving up from No. 11 in L+SD.

Thursday

With “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the season finale of “Station 19” and the series finale of “How to Get Away with Murder,” ABC won the final Thursday of the season among Adults 18-49 (1.1/6), ranking as the night’s No. 1 broadcast network for the 17th consecutive week. ABC increased its winning lead over runner-up CBS to 83% in the L+3 numbers (1.1/6 vs. 0.6/4), compared to a 33% advantage in L+SD. In addition, ABC was Thursday’s most-watched network (6.5 million). ABC claimed the night’s Top 3 shows in Adults 18-49, with “Station 19” (1.3/7), “How to Get Away with Murder” (1.1/6) and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” (1.0/6), respectively.

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” grew over the prior week in Total Viewers (+3% – 7.0 million vs. 6.8 million) to draw its largest audience since its April series premiere and held even week to week among Adults 18-49 (1.0/6) to match its highest-rated telecast since its premiere—since 4/8/20. ABC’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” won the Thursday 8 o’clock hour for the 2nd week in a row in Adults 18-49.

The third season finale of “Station 19” built over the previous week in both Total Viewers (+4% – 7.6 million vs. 7.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% – 1.3/7 vs. 1.2/7) to hit 4-week highs—since 4/16/20. In addition, “Station 19” grew over its year-ago finale by 13% in Total Viewers (7.6 million vs. 6.7 million) to mark its most-watched finale ever. ABC’s “Station 19” ranked as Thursday’s No. 1 program for the 2nd straight week in Adults 18-49.

The series finale of “How to Get Away with Murder” marked the show’s biggest audience (4.7 million) since January 2019 (since 1/17/19) and matched its highest-rated telecast of the season in Adults 18-49 (1.1/6). ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” stood as the No. 1 program in the 10 o’clock hour for the 3rd week in a row in Adults 18-49.

Friday

ABC ranked No. 1 on the final Friday of the season among Adults 18-49 (0.8/5), leading runner-up NBC by 14% (0.7/4). In fact, ABC won its 2nd night in a row with “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and the finales of “Station 19” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” giving the network the win on Thursday.

ABC’s season finale of “Shark Tank” stood as Friday’s No. 1 program in Adults 18-49 (0.9/6), topping NBC’s “The Blacklist” finale by 13% (0.8/5). “Shark Tank” grew over its year-ago finale by 8% in Total Viewers (5.2 million vs. 4.8 million) to mark its most-watched finale in 3 years—since 2017. “Shark Tank” held even with the prior week’s telecast in both Total Viewers (5.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (0.9/6).

Sunday

ABC ranked as the No. 1 broadcast network on the final Sunday of the season in Adults 18-49 (0.9/5), tying Fox. In fact, ABC stood as Sunday’s highest-rated broadcaster on each of the last 15 weeks of the season. In addition, ABC was Sunday’s most-watched broadcast network (6.2 million) for the 3rd consecutive week.

In its first-ever remote finale event, ABC’s “American Idol” stood as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast program among Adults 18-49 (1.2/6), ranking as the night’s top-rated broadcast series on 13 of its 14 telecasts of the season (with ABC’s “The Rookie” taking the top spot on 5/3/20). With 8.2 million Total Viewers, “American Idol” closed out its third season on ABC with its largest audience in 7 weeks—since 3/29/20. In addition, “American Idol” held even with the prior week in Adults 18-49 to tie a 6-week high—since 4/5/20.

Source: The Nielsen Company, week No. 34 = 5/11-5/17/20. Network averages exclude programs < 5 minutes. Program rankers exclude repeats.

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