For 11th Straight Week, ‘20/20’ Is the Top Newsmagazine in All Key Demos

For 11th Straight Week, ‘20/20’ Is the Top Newsmagazine in All Key Demos

March 19, 2019

** Ratings Report for ABC News’ “20/20”
For March 15, 2019


‘20/20’ Ranks as No. 1 in Its Two-Hour Time Slot With Adults 25-54 and Grows Week to Week in Adults 18-49 (+17%) and Adults 25-54 (+10%)

‘20/20’ Attracts More Viewers Than ‘Dateline’ for 10th Straight Matchup, Delivering Longest Winning Streak Over NBC in 10 Years

Season to Date, ‘20/20’ Leads ‘Dateline’ Across the Board: Total Viewers (+9%), Adults 18-49 (+13%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%)

Surging over its lead-in at 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “20/20” delivered its 11th week in a row as Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine(on each telecast in its new 2-hour format). During prime time, ABC’s “20/20” dominated NBC’s “Dateline” (10:00-11:00 p.m.) by wide margins in Total Viewers (+39% – 3.9 million vs. 2.8 million), Adults 18-49 (+40% – 0.7/4 vs. 0.5/2) and Adults 25-54 (+57% – 1.1/4 vs. 0.7/3). In fact, “20/20” attracted more viewers than “Dateline” for their 10th straight matchup on the evening, delivering its longest winning streak over the NBC newsmagazine in 10 years – since a streak in January-April 2009 (1/2-4/10/09). “20/20” presented “The Dropout Documentary” on Silicon Valley star Elizabeth Holmes and her billion dollar blood testing company Theranos.

“20/20” ranked No. 1 in its 2-hour time slot with Adults 25-54 (1.1/4) among the broadcast Nets. In addition, the ABC newsmagazine grew week to week in Adults 18-49 (+17%) and Adults 25-54 (+10%). 

Season to date, “20/20” is up from the same point last year with Total Viewers (+23% – 4.9 million vs. 4.0 million), Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4) and Adults 25-54 (+18% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4), standing as Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine in all three measures.   

In addition, “20/20” leads “Dateline-Fri” in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+9% – 4.9 million vs.  4.5 million), Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4) and Adults 25-54 (+8% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.2/5), leading the NBC newsmagazine in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 for the first time at this point of the season in 3 years and in Adults 25-54 in 4 years – since the 2015-2016 and the 2014-2015 seasons, respectively.

A co-production between “Nightline” and “20/20,” the special on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos, is part of “20/20”’s two-hour documentary programming featuring brand-new interviews with key players in some of the biggest newsmaker stories in recent American history. The original eight-week two-hour programming lineup has been extended to 15 weeks and will run through April 12. Since the two-hour documentaries premiered on Jan. 4, “20/20” has been Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine each week in all key demos: Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. “The Dropout” documentary is available to watch now on the ABC and ABC News website, the ABC app, Hulu, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.  

Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings for 3/15/19. Season to date: Most Current: 2018-2019 Season (9/24/18 – 3/17/19) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25/18 – 3/18/18). Averages based on regular telecasts. 

*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.


ABC News Media Relations
Van Scott
(212) 456-7243  

Elizabeth Russo
(212) 456-7414                               

ABC Media Relations
Pons Rongavilla
(818) 460-5615

— ABC —