ABC Wins Primetime and Spikes to 11-Week Highs in Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC Wins Primetime and Spikes to 11-Week Highs in Viewers and Adults 18-49

Primetime Rating Report for the Week of August 28, 2017                  
(Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Wins Primetime and Spikes to 11-Week Highs in Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC Is No. 1 Monday in Adults 18-49 With ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ as the Top Show

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Improves by 15% Monday to Monday in Adults 18-49

ABC Spikes 25% in Adults 18-49 on Tuesday to a Summer High on the Night

ABC’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Rises to Its Best Tuesday Numbers This Season

ABC’s ‘Somewhere Between’ Equals a Tuesday High in Adults 18-49

ABC’s Hurricane Harvey Coverage Leads Wednesday’s 10 p.m. Hour

ABC Dominates With College Football on Saturday and Sunday With
Record-Setting Numbers for Saturday’s Florida State-Alabama Opener

Week No. 50
Driven by strong numbers for “Bachelor in Paradise” and record-setting college football kick-off ratings, ABC was the most watched network overall during the week (w/o 8/28/17 = 4.6 million)  and dominated its nearest competition by 44% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/6 vs. 0.9/4 for NBC)The Net delivered 4 of the Top 10  shows, including the No. 1 TV program with the season premiere of “Saturday Night Football”: “Saturday Night Football” – No. 1, “Bachelor in Paradise” – No. 7, while “Bachelor in Paradise-TUE” and “Sunday Night Kickoff” tied at No. 10.

  • Spiking week to week in viewers (+48%) and young adults (+86%), ABC scored 11-week highs – since w/o 6/12/17.


  • Monday

Returning to its regular lineup after the prior week, with the Presidential Address airing in the middle of prime at 9:00 p.m., ABC won Monday night in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5).  ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” stood as Monday’s No. 1 TV program for the 3rd straight week in Adults 18-49.

“Bachelor in Paradise” (8:00-10:00 p.m. – 5.4 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49):
From 8:00-10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” beat out NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” in the 2-hour time slot by 7% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.5/6) and nearly doubled the NBC unscripted series in Adults 18-34 (+88% – 1.5/8 vs. 0.8/4).

  • “Bachelor in Paradise” surged over the prior week by 1.1 million viewers (5.4 million vs. 4.3 million) and spiked 23% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/6 vs. 1.3/5) hitting season highs.


“To Tell the Truth” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.3 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49):
In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s “To Tell the Truth” nearly tied NBC’s “Midnight, Texas” for No. 1 in the hour among Adults 18-49 (0.8/3 vs. 0.9/4) and won the time slot with Adults 18-34.

  • ABC’s “To Tell the Truth” grew 14% from its most recent telecast in Adults 18-49 (0.7/3 on 7/31/17) to deliver the show’s top rating since January – since 1/29/17, topping its most recent 5 telecasts.   


  • Tuesday

With “Bachelor in Paradise” and “Somewhere Between,” ABC once again earned the No. 2 network position on Tuesday night in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4) to an “America’s Got Talent”-led NBC. ABC spiked 25% week to week in Adults 18-49, delivering its top-rated Tuesday this summer.

  • Trailing only NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” on the evening, ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” ranked as Tuesday’s No. 2 TV show in Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and across all key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).  In fact, “Bachelor in Paradise” came within 1-tenth of a rating point of catching “America’s Got Talent” as the night’s No. 1 show with Women 18-34.


“Bachelor in Paradise” (8:00-10:01 p.m. – 4.4 million and 1.3/5 in AD18-49):
From 8:00-10:01 p.m. opposite NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” rose week to week in Total Viewers (+16% – 4.4 million vs. 3.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (+18% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4) to score Tuesday season highs for the show.

“Somewhere Between” (10:01-11:00 p.m. – 1.7 million and 0.4/1 in AD18-49):
At 10:00 p.m., ABC’s “Somewhere Between” held even with its week-ago Adults 18-49 rating (0.4/1), tying a Tuesday best.  

  • Wednesday

“20/20–City Underwater: Catastrophe in Houston” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.6 million and 0.7/3 in AD18-49):
Building on its lead-in Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. in viewers and the key News demo (+44%/+22%), a “Special Edition of 20/20 – City Underwater: Catastrophe in Houston” was ABC’s No. 1 show of the night and won the hour in Total Viewers (3.6 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.1/4).

  • Saturday

The 12th season premiere of “Saturday Night Football” (Florida State vs. Alabama) made ABC the dominant No. 1 network on the night in Total Viewers (12.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (4.0/18). The Net attracted its largest Saturday night audience in 19 months and posted its highest-rated performance in nearly 5 years among young adults – since 2/6/16 and 11/24/12, respectively.

  • Airing from 8:07-11:42 p.m., ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” easily qualified as the evening’s No. 1 TV showwith Total Viewers (12.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.9/18).


  • Growing over last year’s start (7.9 million and 2.5/11 on 9/3/16) by 56% in Total Viewers and 56% with Adults 18-49, Saturday’s broadcast was ABC’s most watched and highest-rated college football game on the night since October 2014 – since 10/18/14.
  • With a total live audience measurement (TV + streaming) of 12.6 million viewers, the 12th season opener of “Saturday Night Football” was the most watched kickoff-weekend game ever across all networks, surpassing last season’s record Notre Dame-Texas game on ABC (11.1 million).


  • Sunday

With college football coverage (West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech), ABC scored a 12-week Sunday high(since 6/11/17) and ranked No. 1 on the night in Adults 18-49 (1.2/5), towering over runner-up CBS with “Big Brother” by 50% (0.8/4) and dominating FOX with its college football coverage by 71% (0.7/3).

WEEK NO. 47:           ADULTS 18-49            TOTAL VIEWERS
            No.1   ABC    1.3        No.1 ABC        4,610,000
No.2   NBC    0.9        No.2 NBC        4,590,000
No.3   CBS     0.6        No.3 CBS         3,870,000
No.3   FOX    0.6         No.4 FOX        2,290,000
No.5   CW     0.2         No.5 CW             850,000


Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live+ Same Day Program Ratings for week of 8/28/17.

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