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.
*COPYRIGHT ©2019 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All photography is copyrighted material and is for editorial use only. Images are not to be archived, altered, duplicated, resold, retransmitted or used for any other purposes without written permission of ABC. Images are distributed to the press in order to publicize current programming. Any other usage must be licensed. Photos posted for Web use must be at the low resolution of 72dpi, no larger than 2×3 in size.