ABC Airs 6 of the Week’s Top 20 TV Programs – ‘The Good Doctor” Is TV’s No. 1 New Drama and Top 10 p.m. Show

ABC Airs 6 of the Week’s Top 20 TV Programs – ‘The Good Doctor” Is TV’s No. 1 New Drama and Top 10 p.m. Show
October 10, 2017

Primetime Rating Report for the Week of October 2, 2017                  
(Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Airs 6 of the Week’s Top 20 TV Programs as ‘The Good Doctor”
Once Again Finishes as the No. 1 Freshman Drama and the Top 10 p.m. Show

The Season’s No. 1 New Drama,
ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor,’ Holds Strong in Week 2

‘The Mayor’ Debuts With ABC’s Top Rating in the Slot Since December 2015

‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ Is ABC’s Best Debut in the Hour in 4 Years

‘Modern Family’ Catches ‘Empire’ For the First Time as Wednesday’s No. 1 Series

‘American Housewife’ Moves Up to No. 1 in Its New Slot With Adults 18-49

‘Designated Survivor’ Posts the Season’s Biggest L+3 Lift With a 91% Spike

ABC’s TGIT Wins Thursday’s Non-Sports Race for the 2nd Straight Week
With ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Finishing as the Night’s No. 1 Entertainment Show

ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Returns Up 17% Over Its May Finale and
Improves Its Time Slot by 27% Year to Year in Adults 18-49

ABC’s ‘20/20’ Surges by Double Digits to 6-Week Highs With Key Adults

ABC Wins Its 6th Week Straight at 4-Week Highs for ‘Saturday Night Football’

ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ Builds on Its Lead-in Against the NFL and Improves Its Slot

Week No. 2
During the week October 2, 2017, in the Live + Same Day averages, ABC nearly tied NBC for the week’s non-sports lead among Adults 18-49, coming within 1-tenth of a rating point and tied in audience share (1.2/5 vs. 1.3/5). ABC aired 6 of the week’s Top 20 TV programs in Adults 18-49: “The Good Doctor” – No. 10, “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 13, “Modern Family” and “Saturday Night Football” tied at No. 15, while “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” tied at No. 19.  In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC’s “The Good Doctor” was TV’s No. 1 new drama and the top 10 o’clock series

  • Monday

With “Dancing” and the season’s No. 1 new drama in “The Good Doctor,” ABC was the most watched broadcaster on Monday night (9.7 million).

“Dancing with the Stars” (8:00-10:01 p.m – 9.1 million and 1.4/5 in AD18-49):
From 8:00-10:01 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” took second among the broadcast nets to NBC’s “The Voice” with Total Viewers (9.1 million). “DWTS” built on its week-ago delivery (8.7 million and 1.4/5) in Total Viewers (+5%) while holding even in young adults

“The Good Doctor” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 10.9 million and 2.2/8 in AD18-49):
Building sharply on its “DWTS” lead-in for the 2nd week in a rowat 10:00 p.m. (+20%/+57%), ABC’s “The Good Doctor” once again ranked as the No. 1 series in its hour, beating runner-up NBC’s “The Brave” by triple digits in Total Viewers (+106% – 10.9 million vs. 5.3 million) and doubling it with Adults 18-49 (+100% – 2.2/8 vs. 1.1/4). In fact, “The Good Doctor” beat the combined performances of CBS’ “Scorpion” and NBC’s “The Brave” in Total Viewers (+4% – 10.9 million vs. 10.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+16% – 2.2/8 vs. 1.9/7). ABC’s “The Good Doctor” is the season’s No. 1 new drama in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. 

  • ABC’s “The Good Doctor” held even with its week-ago series debut Adults 18-49 while posting gains in Women 18-49 (+7% – 3.0/11 vs. 2.8/10).  


  • Biggest Gainer in Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC’s “The Good Doctor” opener delivered the biggest L+3 increase in Total Viewers (+5.5 million) for any new series debut on any network in 3 years– since the launch of ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” (+5.9 million on 9/25/14). After 3 days of TV playback, ABC’s new drama grew to 16.9 million Total Viewers (from 11.4 million in L+SD) and a 3.7 rating with Adults 18-49 (from a 2.2 in L+SD).


  • Tuesday

With the premiere of its new Tuesday comedy lineup from 8:00-10:00 p.m. against NBC’s “The Voice”/”This Is Us” and debut of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” at 10:00 p.m., ABC ranked No. 2 among the broadcasters on Tuesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5), beating CBS’ “NCIS”-led drama lineup by 8% (1.2/5) and Fox’s drama/comedy lineup by 44% (0.9/3 for “Lethal Weapon”/”The Mick”/”Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

“The Middle” (8:00-8:30 p.m. – 6.2 million and 1.6/7 in AD18-49):
At 8:00 p.m., the final season premiere of ABC’s “The Middle” surged over its May finale (on 5/16/17) by 17% in Total Viewers (6.2 million vs. 5.3 million) and by 33% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/7 vs. 1.2/6) drawing its largest audience since March and tying its top rating since February – since 2/21/17 and 1/17/17, respectively. “The Middle” was Tuesday’s top comedy.

“Fresh Off the Boat” (8:30-9:00 p.m. – 4.5 million and 1.4/5): 
At 8:30 p.m., ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” jumped from its May closer (on 5/16/17) by 25% in Total Viewers (4.5 million vs. 3.6 million) and by 40% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.0/4) to its most watched and highest-rated telecast on the night in 1 year – since 10/11/16.  

“black-ish” (9:00-9:30 p.m. – 4.7 million and 1.5/5): 
Building on its lead-in at 9:00 p.m. (+7%) and moving from Wednesday following “Modern Family” for the first time in 3 seasons to anchor ABC’s Tuesday comedy block, ABC’s “black-ish” grew over its May finale out of “Modern Family” (on 5/10/17) by 15% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 vs. 1.3/5), outrating its last 5 originals on Wednesday night – since 3/29/17. Dominating its comedy competition in the half-hour, “black-ish” beat out Fox’s “The Mick” by 96% in Total Viewers (4.7 million vs. 2.4 million) and by 67% in Adults 18-49 (1.5/5 vs. 0.9/3).
“The Mayor” (9:30-10:00 p.m. – 4.1 million and 1.2/4): 
At 9:30 p.m., ABC’s series debut of “The Mayor” delivered solid retention of its strong “black-ish” lead-in (87%/80%) to more than double Fox’s competing “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with Total Viewers (+141% – 4.1 million vs. 1.7 million) and doubling in Adults 18-49 (+100% – 1.2/4 vs. 0.6/2), respectively.The Mayor” drew ABC’s biggest in-season series audience to the time period in 2 years and its best young adult number since December 2015– since 10/6/15 and 12/8/15, respectively.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 4.2 million and 1.0/4 in AD18-49):
Building on its Total Viewer lead-in at 10:00 p.m., ABC’s opener of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” scored ABC’s most watched series debut (4.2 million) in the hour in 4 years and its top-rated with Adults 18-49 (1.0/4) in over 2-1/2 years – since 9/24/13 and 2/25/14, respectivelyIn addition, the show delivered ABC’s best results with a drama telecast in the hour since March 2015 in viewers and since September 2016 in Adults 18-49 – since 3/31/15 and 9/20/16, respectively. The new ABC drama tied CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” for No. 2 in the hour among Adults 18-49.

  • Wednesday

For the first time ever, ABC’s “Modern Family” tied Fox’s “Empire” as Wednesday’s No. 1 TV show in Adults 18-49 (1.9/7). And despite leading off the night against “Empire,” ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (1.6/7) tied or beat all 6 of the CBS and NBC shows on the night, matching “Survivor” (1.6/7), while beating “SEAL Team” (1.2/5), “Criminal Minds” (1.1/5), “The Blacklist” (1.0/4), “Law & Order: SVU” (1.3/5) and “Chicago P.D.” (1.2/5). Each of ABC’s Wednesday series paced within 1-2 tenths of the prior week’s season premieres and the comedies performed at or above where they closed out last season in their May finales. ABC finished No. 2 on Wednesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5-tied w/CBS), beating NBC by 18% (1.1/5). 

  • Largely closing the gapweek to week to come within 3-tenths of tying Fox’s “Empire” as the No. 1 series in the 8:00 p.m. half-hour (vs. 6-tenths the prior week), ABC’s “The Goldbergs” ran a strong second in its slot with Adults 18-49 (1.6/7- tied w/”Survivor”). 


  • At 8:30 p.m. against the second half-hours of “Empire” and “Survivor,” ABC’s “Speechless” outdelivered NBC’s “The Blacklist” by 30% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 1.0/4).
  • At 9:00 p.m., ABC’s “Modern Family” won its half-hour for the 2nd week in a row with Adults 18-49 (1.9/7), defeating Fox’s “Empire”-led “Star” by 27% (1.5/5), CBS’ “SEAL Team” by 58% (1.2/5) and NBC’s “L&O: SVU” by 46% (1.3/5).


  • At 9:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC’s “American Housewife” moved up in rank week to week to tie Fox’s “Star” as the No. 1 show in its slot with Adults 18-49 (1.4/5), while beating the second half-hours of CBS’ “SEAL Team” (1.2/5) and NBC’s “L&O: SVU” (1.3/5).
  • In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “Designated Survivor” (0.9/4) ran in line with the Live + Same Day Adult 18-49 deliveries of its drama competition in the slot and is projected to lead the hour once TV Playback is included. 


Live + 3 Day for Prior Week’s “DS” Season Premiere:
Designated Survivor” scored premiere Wednesday’s biggest L+3 lift in Total Viewers with a +4.2 million spike (from 5.5 million to 9.7 million) and stands as the No. 1 percentage gainer of any series so far this season among Adults 18-49 with a +91% jump over its L+SD rating (from a 1.1/5 to a 2.1/8).

  • Thursday

Up against stronger Thursday NFL numbers week to week on CBS, with the return of “Scandal” on TGIT, ABC qualified as Thursday’s non-sports leader for the 2nd week running this season with Adults 18-49 (1.5/6), beating a “Will & Grace”-fueled NBC (+15% – 1.3/5) and dominating Fox’s drama lineup (+67% – “Gotham”/”The Orville” = 0.9/3). ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” ranked as Thursday’s No. 1 entertainment show in Adults 18-49 (2.1/8), beating NBC’s “Will & Grace” by 5%, which dropped 1 whole rating point (-33%) from its week-ago debut (2.0/7 vs. 3.0/11 last week).

“Scandal” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 5.5 million and 1.4/5 in AD18-49): 
From 9:00-10:00 p.m., airing against NBC’s “Will & Grace” for the first time, the final season premiere of ABC’s “Scandal” ran neck-and-neck with NBC for No. 1 in the hour among Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.5/5) and beat out Fox’s drama “The Orville” in the slot by 56% (0.9/3). 

  • “Scandal” grew over its May finale(on 5/18/17) by 6% in Total Viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.2 million) and by 17% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.2/5), outdrawing its last 8 episodes and equaling its best young adult number since March – since 3/30/17. The ABC drama also opened well above the year-ago premiere of “Notorious” in the hour, improving the time slot year to year by 27% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.1/4 on 9/22/16).


Live + 3 Day Ratings for Premiere Thursday: 

  • The week-earlier season opener of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” shot up to a 3.5/14 in Adults 18-49 after 3 days of TV playback, picking up an additional +1.2 rating points over its L+SD delivery (from a 2.3/9).
  • ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” stood as premiere Thursday’s biggest percentage gaineron the broadcast networks among Adults 18-49 with an +82% jump over its L+SD rating (growing from a 1.1/4 to a 2.0/8). In fact, “HTGAWM”’s +82% lift is the 2nd biggest of the new season to date on the broadcast networks, behind only ABC’s “Designated Survivor” (+91%).


  • Friday

“20/20” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 3.1 million and 0.7/3 in AD18-49): 
At 10 o’clock, ABC’s “20/20” surged over the prior week by 17% in Adults 18-49 (0.7/3 vs. 0.6/3) and 25% in Adults 25-54 (1.0/4 vs. 0.8/3) to 6-week highs – since 8/25/17.

  • Saturday

With college football coverage (Michigan State at Michigan), ABC won Saturday night for the 6th  straight week in Total Viewers (6.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.9/8), outdrawing Fox with its college football coverage (2.0 million and 0.5/2) by 4.5 million viewers and by 280% among young adults.

  • Airing from 7:36-11:25 p.m., ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” was the evening’s No. 1 program for the 6th week running in Total Viewers (6.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.9/9).


  • Growing over the prior week’s game (4.6 million and 1.5/7 on 9/30/17) in Total Viewers (+41%) and Adults 18-49 (+27%), “Saturday Night Football” hit 4-week highs – since 9/9/17.
  • “Saturday Night Football” improved over the year-ago game (5.5 million and 1.8/7 on 10/8/16) by 18% in Total Viewers and 6% among Adults 18-49.


  • Sunday

“Shark Tank” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 4.7 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49): 
Growing over its “AFV” lead-in at 9:00 p.m. (+2%/+22%), “Shark Tank” improved the hour for ABC over original drama programming on the year-ago night by double digits in Total Viewers (+27% – 4.7 million vs. 3.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (+22% – 1.1/4 vs. 0.9/3).

WEEK NO. 1:             ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS
            No.1   NBC 1.9           No.1 CBS        8,610,000
No.2   CBS  1.5           No.2 NBC       7,360,000
No.3   FOX 1.4            No.3 ABC       5,370,000
No.4   ABC 1.3           No.4 FOX        4,470,000
No.5   CW  0.2            No.5 CW            780,000


Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live+ Same Day Program Ratings for week of 10/2/17.

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