ABC Wins Sunday by 100% With the ‘Idol’ Finale Building Against the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Ender

ABC Wins Sunday by 100% With the ‘Idol’ Finale Building Against the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Ender

Quick Take for Sunday, May 19, 2019
(Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings)

ABC Wins Sunday by 100% in Adults 18-49 and Draws a Season High in Viewers

ABC’s ‘American Idol’ Closer Builds Against the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Ender
ABC Sunday Prime Time (7:00-11:00 p.m. – 7.2 million and 1.2/5 in AD18-49): 
With season closers of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “American Idol” opposite HBO’s series finale of “Game of Thrones,” ABC doubled its nearest broadcast competition on Sunday among Adults 18-49 (+100% –  1.2/5 vs. 0.6/3 for NBC). ABC ranked as the most-watched network for the 4th straight Sunday (7.2 million). Excluding only the night of the “Academy Awards®” in February, the Network marked its most-watched Sunday this season.

  • As its finale moved from Monday night last year to Sunday night this year and faced the series-ending telecast of “Game of Thrones,” ABC’s 3-hour “American Idol” closer shot up week to week and qualified as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast program in Adults 18-49 (1.3/6). In fact among young adults, ABC’s “American Idol” finished as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast entertainment series on all 12 telecasts this season. ABC’s live “American Idol” grew over its week-earlier preliminary Fast Affiliate averages by 8% in Total Viewers (7.7 million vs. 7.1 million) and by 18% Adults 18-49 (1.3/6 vs. 1.1/5), delivering its best numbers in 3 weeks – since 4/28/19.


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. Since it began airing live coast to coast in April (on 4/21/19), the show has added between 690,000-860,000 Total Viewers and increased between 1-2 tenths 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.

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

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