ABC Ranks #1 for the 7th Week in a Row in AD18-49, With 6 of the Top 15 Shows and the Top 2 Comedies

ABC Ranks #1 for the 7th Week in a Row in AD18-49, With 6 of the Top 15 Shows and the Top 2 Comedies

 

Live+3 Day Ratings for the Week of March 16, 2020 (Week No. 26):

Please note: ABC’s “The Good Doctor” was preempted on Monday for a “20/20” special.

 

ABC Ranks as the No. 1 Network for the 7th Week in a Row in Adults 18-49

 

ABC Claims More of the Week’s Top 15 Programs Than Any Other Network

 

ABC Delivers the Top 2 Highest-Rated Comedies of the Week

 

During the week of March 16, 2020, ABC ranked as the No. 1 network for the 7th consecutive week among Adults 18-49 (1.2/6), tying NBC, while leading CBS by 33% (0.9/4) and Fox by 9% (1.1/5). ABC ranked No. 1 on 3 of 7 nights of the week (Thursday, Friday and Sunday), tying NBC for the most nightly wins during the week (NBC – 3, Fox – 1, CBS – 0).

 

Excluding sports programming, ABC is the No. 1 network of 2020 to date among Adults 18-49 (1.2/6), leading its nearest competition by 20% (1.0/5 for Fox and NBC tie).

 

ABC claimed 6 of the week’s Top 15 highest-rated programs in Adults 18-49 – the most for any network (NBC – 5, Fox – 3, CBS – 1):  “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.3/10), “Station 19” (1.7/8), American Idol” (1.7/7), “The Conners” (1.6/8), Modern Family” (1.5/7) and “American Idol-Monday” (1.5/7).

 

·       ABC delivered the week’s Top 2 highest-rated comedies with “The Conners” and “Modern Family,” respectively.

 

·       ABC claimed the Top 3 programs on Thursday with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Station 19” and “A Million Little Things” (1.3/7-tie), the No. 1 program on Friday with “Shark Tank” (1.4/7) and the Top 2 broadcast programs on Sunday with “American Idol” and “The Rookie” (1.3/6), respectively.

 

Monday

The time period premiere of ABC’s “American Idol-Monday” grew over its most recent telecast on the night (on 4/22/19) by 50% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/7 vs. 1.0/4) to tie its highest-rated Monday telecast since May 2018 – since the season one finale on 5/21/18. In addition, “American Idol-Monday” improved over its year-ago premiere by 7% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/6 on 3/18/19) and also built by 7% over last season’s average on Monday night (1.4/6 for 3/18-4/22/19).

 

Tuesday

“The Conners” grew by more than 20% over its last telecast 3 weeks ago in both Total Viewers (+21% – 8.0 million vs. 6.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (+23% – 1.6/8 vs. 1.3/7) to score its most-watched telecast of the season and its highest-rated since October (since 10/29/19). ABC’s “The Conners” emerged as Tuesday’s No. 2 show with Adults 18-49 in the L+3 numbers (1.6/8), leapfrogging over NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” (1.4/7) and moving up from No. 3 in L+SD.

 

ABC’s “Bless This Mess” jumped over its most recent telecast 3 weeks earlier by 23% in Total Viewers (4.8 million vs. 3.9 million) to attract its biggest audience since its season premiere and by 13% among Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4) to deliver its highest-rated telecast since November – since 9/24/19 and 11/26/19, respectively.

 

On its first telecast in 3 weeks, ABC’s “mixed-ish” delivered double-digit gains over its last telecast (on 2/25/20) in Total Viewers (+25% – 3.5 million vs. 2.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+14% – 0.8/4 vs. 0.7/3) to hit 2-month highs – since 1/14/20.

 

With its first telecast in 3 weeks, ABC’s “black-ish” scored 10-week highs (since 1/7/20), soaring over its most recent telecast (on 2/25/20) by double digits in Total Viewers (+21% – 3.5 million vs. 2.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (+29% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.7/3).

 

Wednesday

On its first telecast in 3 weeks, ABC’s “The Goldbergs” shot up over its last telecast (on 2/26/20) by 29% in Total Viewers (5.8 million vs. 4.5 million) to draw its largest audience of the season and by 40% with Adults 18-49 (1.4/6 vs. 1.0/5) to match a season high. In fact, “The Goldbergs” attracted its biggest audience in more than 1 year – since 2/20/19.

 

ABC’s “Schooled” grew for its 3rd straight telecast in Total Viewers (+11% – 4.0 million vs. 3.6 million) to deliver its most-watched telecast since its season premiere (since 9/25/19) and improved week to week by 13% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4).

 

ABC’s “Modern Family” soared by double digits over its most recent original (on 2/19/20) in both Total Viewers (+19% – 6.2 million vs. 5.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (+15% – 1.5/7 vs. 1.3/6) to score its strongest telecast in 2 months – since 1/8/20 and 1/15/20, respectively.

 

Moving to a new Wednesday 9:30 p.m. time slot for 5 weeks, ABC’s “American Housewife” grew over its most recent telecast (on Friday, 1/31/20) by 7% in Total Viewers (4.4 million vs. 4.1 million) and by 13% among Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.8/5) to pull in its biggest audience since November – since 11/15/19. In addition, “American Housewife” improved over its average on Friday night (4.0 million and 0.8/5) by 10% in Total Viewers and 13% in Adults 18-49.

 

ABC’s “Stumptown” built for its 2nd consecutive telecast in Total Viewers (+7% – 4.8 million vs. 4.5 million) to its most-watched since January and grew week to week by 14% among Adults 18-49 (0.8/4 vs. 0.7/4) to a 6-week high – since 1/15/20 and 2/5/20, respectively.

 

Thursday

“Station 19” built over the prior week by 7% in Total Viewers (9.0 million vs. 8.4 million) and by 21% among Adults 18-49 (1.7/8 vs 1.4/8) to post its best performance since its season opener – since 1/23/20. In fact, “Station 19” delivered its 2nd most-watched telecast ever, behind only January’s season three premiere. In addition, “Station 19” improved by more than 20% over its comparable year-ago telecast (7.4 million and 1.4/6 on 3/21/19) in both Total Viewers (+22%) and Adults 18-49 (+21%). The ABC drama stood as Thursday’s No. 2 program in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, behind only ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

 

“Grey’s Anatomy” grew week to week by 7% in Total Viewers (9.6 million vs. 9.0 million) to post its most-watched telecast in 8 weeks (since 1/23/20) and by 10% among Adults 18-49 (2.3/10 vs. 2.1/11) to tie its highest-rated telecast of the season. The ABC drama stood as Thursday’s No. 1 program for the 9th week in a row in Adults 18-49 and also won the night in Total Viewers.

 

“A Million Little Things” built for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers (+3% – 6.8 million vs. 6.6 million) to an 8-week high (since 1/23/20) and held even with the prior week among Adults 18-49 (1.3/7). The ABC drama emerged as Thursday’s No. 3 program in Adults 18-49 in L+3 (1.3/7-tie), moving up from No. 7 in L+SD, and in Total Viewers (6.8 million), jumping up from No. 11 in L+SD. “AMLT” ranked as the No. 1 program in the Thursday 10:00 p.m. hour for the 7th consecutive week among Adults 18-49.

 

Friday

“Shark Tank” grew for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers (+24% – 6.8 million vs. 5.5 million) and shot up over the prior week by 40% with Adults 18-49 (1.4/7 vs. 1.0/6) to score new season highs. In fact, “Shark Tank” delivered its most-watched telecast since March 2017 and tied its highest-rated since January 2018 – since 3/3/17 and 1/14/18, respectively. ABC’s “Shark Tank” stood as Friday’s No. 1 program in Adults 18-49 (1.4/7), beating runner-up NBC’s “The Blacklist” by 27% (1.1/6). In fact, this week’s “Shark Tank” ranked as the 2nd highest-rated entertainment telecast on the night this season, behind only the October premiere of Fox’s “WWE Friday Night Smackdown.”

 

Sunday

ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” grew over the prior week in Total Viewers (+2% – 6.6 million vs. 6.5 million) to draw its biggest audience of the season and with Adults 18-49 (+10% – 1.1/5 vs. 1.0/5) to match a season high. In fact, “AFV” delivered its most-watched telecast and tied its highest-rated telecast in more than a year – since 3/3/19.

 

“American Idol” built for its 3rd straight telecast in Total Viewers (+3% – 9.1 million vs. 8.8 million) to pull in its largest audience since its season premiere – since 2/16/20. In addition, “American Idol” grew week to week by 6% among Adults 18-49 (1.7/7 vs. 1.6/7) to hit a 3-week high and match its highest-rated telecast since its season opener – since 3/1/20 and 2/16/20, respectively. For the 2nd week in a row, “Idol” improved over its comparable year-ago telecast (7.6 million and 1.4/6 on 4/7/19) in both Total Viewers (+20%) and Adults 18-49 (+21%). ABC’s “American Idol” ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast show on each of its 6 telecasts so far this season with Adults 18-49.

 

ABC’s “The Rookie” emerged as Sunday’s No. 2 broadcast show with Adults 18-49 in the L+3 numbers (1.3/6), moving up from No. 4 in L+SD. The ABC drama also ranked as the night’s No. 1 scripted show on broadcast. “The Rookie” won its 10:00 p.m. time slot in Adults 18-49 (1.3/6), leading by double digits over dramas on CBS (+30% – 1.0/5 for “NCIS: New Orleans”) and NBC (+44% – 0.9/4 for “Good Girls”).

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, week No. 26=3/16-3/22/20, 2020 YTD=1/1-3/22/20. Rankers exclude repeats.

 

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