[05/23/06 - 12:00 AM]
Primetime Ratings Report for the Week of May 15-21, 2006

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of May 15-21, 2006

During the Final Complete Week of the Official 2005-06 TV Season, ABC Earns Second to Fox Across Each of the Key Adult Demographics and Claims 4 of the Top 12 TV Shows in Adults 18-49, Including the Top 2 Scripted

ABC Delivers its Strongest Viewer and Young Adult Performance in 11 Weeks

ABC Finishes �05-06 with its Best Season in 5 Years in Viewers and Young Adults, Standing as the Only Network to Grow its Adult 18-49 Audience Over Last Season

ABC Dominates Monday, as the Concluding Part 2 of the �Grey�s Anatomy� Season Finale Towers Over its Time Period and Ranks as Monday�s No. 1 TV Show

Excluding Sports and Awards Shows, �Grey�s Anatomy� Produces ABC�s Top Numbers in the Monday 9-11pm Time Period in Exactly 11 Years

The Season Finale of �Boston Legal� Logs ABC�s Strongest Time Period Performance In Over 2 Months, as the Drama Brings ABC Solid Increases on Tuesday This Season

TV�s Top Scripted Series on Wednesday Night, ABC�s �Lost� Stands as the Evening�s No. 1 Scripted Show in Adults 18-49 on All 22 of its Original Telecasts This Season

During its Run in the Ultra Competitive Thursday 9-10pm Hour, �American Inventor� Improves the Time Slot for ABC by 3.4 Million Viewers and by 89% in Adults 18-49

ABC�s Longest Running Entertainment Series, �America�s Funniest Home Videos� Wins in its Friday Finale in Adults 18-49, Beating CBS� Finale of �Close to Home�

ABC News� �20/20� Equals its Second-Strongest Adult 18-49 Rating Since January And Posts the Newsmagazine�s Highest-Rated Telecast Among Men 18-49 in 1 Year

ABC Concludes the 2005-06 TV Season Winning 17 Straight Sundays in Adults 18-49

In its Sunday Finale, �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� Defeats Season Finales Of CBS� �Cold Case� and Fox�s �The Simpsons� to Win in Viewers and Adults 18-49

ABC�s �Desperate Housewives� Concludes its Sophomore Season as Sunday�s No. 1 Program, Dominating its Time Period with its Largest Audience in 4 Months

WEEK No. 35:

During the final complete Nielsen week of the official 2005-06 TV Season (w/o 5/15/06), ABC took second place to Fox across each of the adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (3.4/10), Adults 18-49 (4.0/11) and Adults 25-54 (4.5/11). ABC ranked No. 1 during the week, beating �Idol�-fueled Fox, among Women 18-49 (5.1/13) and Women 25-54 (5.7/13).

� ABC delivered its highest viewer and young adult numbers in 11 weeks � since the week of �Academy Awards� telecast, w/o 2/27/06.

� ABC�s primetime delivery was up over the final complete week of last TV Season (w/o 5/16/05) by 6% in viewers (10.5 million vs. 9.9 million) and by 5% in Adults 18-49 (4.0/11 vs. 3.8/11). ABC will conclude the 2005-06 Television Season with its second consecutive year of growth among Total Viewers (+7% -10.8 million vs. 10.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% - 4.0/11 vs. 3.7/10), representing its strongest season in 5 years � since 2000-01. In fact ABC is the only network to increase its delivery this season in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic.

Rankings: ABC aired 4 of the week�s Top 12 TV programs in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic, including the Top 2 scripted series: �Desperate Housewives� and �Grey�s Anatomy� tied at No. 3 (tied for No. 1 scripted), �Lost� � No. 9 and �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� � No. 12. With the season closers of �Desperate Housewives� and �Grey�s Anatomy� during the week, ABC also claims the Top 2 finales this season in Adults 18-49. Additionally, �Housewives� (No. 4) and �Grey�s� (No. 5) finished among the week�s Top 5 most-watched television programs. ABC�s �Grey�s Anatomy� stood as the week�s No. 1 TV program with Women 18-34, outperforming both editions of Fox�s �American Idol.�


With the concluding part 2 of the sophomore season finale of �Grey�s Anatomy,� ABC turned in a dominant Monday night victory, beating its nearest competition on the evening by 5.7 million viewers (19.0 million vs. 13.3 million - NBC) and by 71% in Adults 18-49 (8.2/19 vs. 4.8/11 - Fox).

� ABC delivered its most-watched non-sports Monday night in more than 6 years and its top-rated among Adults 18-49 in over 8 years � since 5/1/00 and 3/23/98, respectively.

� Versus the same night last May, ABC�s delivery shot up by 9.7 million viewers and by 110% in Adults 18-49 (9.3 million & 3.9/10 in Adults 18-49 on 5/16/05).

�Grey�s Anatomy� (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

Part 2 of the season finale for �Grey�s Anatomy� attracted an average audience of 22.5 million viewers and earned a 9.9 rating, 22 share among Adults 18-49 to rank a definitive No. 1 in its time period on both Nielsen measures. Building on its lead-in and gaining audience during each half-hour of its 2-hour telecast, the ABC drama dominated each half-hour from 9:00-11:00 p.m. in viewers and young adults. �Grey�s� stood as Monday�s No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

� Excluding sports programming and award shows, �Grey�s Anatomy� garnered ABC�s strongest Total Viewer and Adult 18-49 numbers in the time period in exactly 11 years � since 5/15/95.

� In its conclusion, �Grey�s� posted the series� highest Adult 18-34 rating (9.5/23) in 11 weeks � since 2/26/06. In Adults 18-49, the drama matched its strongest performance since February � since 2/26/06.


�Boston Legal� (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

Building on its lead-in, the 2-hour season finale of �Boston Legal� attracted 9.3 million viewers and a 2.6 rating, 6 share among Adults 18-49. The drama posted ABC�s strongest numbers in the 2-hour time period with series programming in over 2 months � since 3/7/06.

� �Boston Legal� gained viewers throughout its telecast, growing by 2.7 million viewers (7.9 million to 10.6 million) and by 48% among Adults 18-49 (2.1/5 to 3.1/8) from its first half-hour to its final half-hour.

� Compared to ABC�s average with original series programming in the hour last season (�NYPD Blue�/�Blind Justice�), �Boston Legal� improved the Net�s time period performance this season by 12% in Total Viewers (10.6 million vs. 9.4 million), by 11% in Adults 18-34 (2.0/6 vs. 1.8/5) and by 5% in Adults 25-54 (4.2/10 vs. 4.0/10), on average.


�Lost� (9:00-10:04 p.m.)

Going up against an extended 1-hour edition of Fox�s �American Idol� results show (9:00-10:00 p.m.), ABC�s �Lost� built considerably on its lead-in and then went on to grow its audience from its first half-hour to its second half-hour. Holding second place to �Idol� during the 9 o�clock hour, �Lost� beat out third-place CBS, with the concluding hour of its 2-hour �Amazing Race IX� season finale, by 5.5 million viewers (14.7 million vs. 9.2 million) and by 79% in Adults 18-49 (6.1/14 vs. 3.4/8).

� Although it faced extraordinary competition, self-starter �Lost� jumped from its �Alias� lead-in by 9.3 million viewers and by 239% in Adults 18-49. Then from its first to its second half-hour, the ABC drama increased its audience among viewers (14.1 million to 14.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (5.9/14 to 6.2/14).

� ABC�s �Lost� qualified as TV�s No. 1 scripted program on Wednesday in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. The ABC sophomore series has been the top-rated scripted program on Wednesday in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic in all 22 of its original telecasts this season.


�American Inventor� (9:00-10:01 p.m.)

Up against the season finale of CBS� �C.S.I.� and the series finale of NBC�s �Will & Grace,� the season finale of ABC�s �American Inventor� built on its lead-in by 1.6 million viewers and by 41% among young adults and then went on to gain viewer and young adult audience from start to finish, drawing an average audience of 6.6 million viewers and a 2.4/6 in Adults 18-49.

� During its run, �American Inventor� has improved the 9 o�clock hour for ABC by 3.4 million viewers (8.9 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 84% in Adults 18-49 (3.5/9 vs. 1.9/5), as compared to the Net�s performance over the same date range last year.


ABC nearly tied CBS for first place on the final Friday of the season in Adults 18-49 (2.5/8 vs. 2.6/9). The Network also took second place on the evening among Total Viewers (7.8 million), representing its biggest audience on the night in 6 weeks � since 4/7/06.

� ABC was up over the same Friday last May in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (7.6 million & 2.2/7 on 5/20/05).

�America�s Funniest Home Videos� (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

In its season finale, ABC�s �America�s Funniest Home Videos� won its 2-hour time period among Adults 18-49 (2.4/8). The venerable ABC video clip show also took the No. 1 position in the slot among Adults 25-54 (2.9/9) and Kids 2-11 (1.9/7). Gaining audience throughout its telecast, ABC�s �Funniest Home Videos� beat CBS� season finale of time period regular and returning drama �Close to Home� in the key Adult 18-49 sales demographic from 9:00-10:00 p.m. (2.7/9 vs. 2.6/8). Finishing up its 17th season on the air, �America�s Funniest Home Videos� becomes ABC�s longest running entertainment series.

� �America�s Funniest Home Videos� produced ABC�s largest audience (7.6 million) and top Adult 18-49 rating (2.4/8) in the time period in 6 weeks (since 4/7/06), its second-strongest numbers in the slot since February (since 2/24/06).

�20/20� (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC News� �20/20� delivered a solid second place during the 10 o�clock hour in Total Viewers (8.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.9/9). �20/20,� which explored the many aspects of making money, beat CBS� season finale of �Numbers� in the time period among Men 18-34 (1.5/6 vs. 1.4/5) and Men 18-49 (2.4/8 vs. 2.3/7).

� The ABC newsmagazine matched its second-highest Adult 18-49 rating since January, while posting its best rating in 1 year among Men 18-49 � since 1/20/06 and 5/13/05, respectively.


ABC delivered a dominant victory on the final Sunday of the 2005-06 TV Season, beating its nearest competitors by 6.1 million viewers (17.6 million vs. 11.5 million - CBS) and by 103% in Adults 18-49 (7.1/19 vs. 3.5/9). ABC�s Sunday lineup experienced growth during each half-hour of the night among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, building by 17.5 million viewers (7.8 million to 25.3 million) and by 253% in Adults 18-49 (3.0/10 to 10.6/26) from the first to the final half-hour of the evening. ABC won all 4 hours of the night in Adults 18-49 for the 5th time in 6 weeks.

� ABC finished out the 2005-06 TV Season enjoying its longest Sunday winning streak in at least 15 years, standing as the No. 1 network on the night in Adults 18-49 for 17 consecutive weeks � its longest streak since at least September 1991, the beginning of Nielsen�s electronic database. The Network was the consistent leader on Sunday throughout the season in the key young adult sales demo, holding the top network position on 30 of 35 weeks.

� In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, the Network marked its strongest Sunday in 10 weeks � since 3/12/06.

� ABC claimed the Top 2 TV shows on Sunday in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, with �Desperate Housewives� and �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,� respectively.

�Extreme Makeover: Home Edition � 7P� (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

A 7:00 p.m. installment of ABC�s �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� topped its hour Adults 18-49, leading second-place Fox by 28% (3.2/11 vs. 2.5/6).

� The ABC unscripted series generated ABC�s largest audience in the time period in 8 weeks and its top Adult 18-49 rating in 9 weeks � since 3/26/06 and 3/19/06, respectively.

�Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

In its third season finale, �Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� won its time period among Total Viewers (13.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (5.3/14). In the key Adult 18-49 sales demo, �Home Edition� outpaced second-place Fox with the season finale of �The Simpsons� and �Family Guy� in the hour by 35% (5.3/14 vs. 4.0/11).

� The broad appealing ABC unscripted series was a strong draw in its season finale among TV�s youngest viewers. It ranked as the No. 1 broadcast of the night among Kids 2-11 (3.5/12). In addition, �Home Edition� achieved its highest Teen 12-17 rating in 4 months (4.5/14 � best since 1/29/06), its second-highest number in that demographic this season.

�Desperate Housewives� (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

In its sophomore season finale, �Desperate Housewives� towered over its nearest competition. From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC�s �Desperate Housewives� outdelivered its nearest competitors by 13.2 million viewers (24.2 million vs. 11.0 million - CBS) and by 154% in Adults 18-49 (9.9/23 vs. 3.9/9 � Fox from 9:00-10:00 p.m.).

� �Desperate Housewives� drew its biggest audience since January and its top Adult 18-49 rating since February � since 1/22/06 and 2/12/06, respectively.

Source: Nielsen Media Research (Live+SD), week of 5/15/06, or as dated.

  [may 2006]  

· 20/20 (ABC)

most recent ratings | view all posts
[10/05/15 - 08:32 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Puts NBC on Top; Sparks FOX Growth
The latter's hour worth of coverage bumps up its comedies by double digits from last week's premieres.

[10/04/15 - 09:34 AM]
FOX Live + 3 Day Ratings: "Grandfathered" & "The Grinder" Post Healthy Gains
FOX further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 29.

[10/04/15 - 08:50 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Emerges as the Clear #1 Scripted Show Tuesday at 9pm in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 29.

[10/04/15 - 08:46 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Keeps ABC on Top
The Alphabet wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49 by a wide margin.

[10/04/15 - 08:32 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Season Premiere Up 13% vs. Year-Ago Debut in Metered-Market Households
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/04/15 - 08:22 AM]
College Football Week 5: ABC Televises Two Highest-Rated Games of the Day
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/03/15 - 09:19 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank" Tops Demos for ABC
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49.

[10/03/15 - 09:18 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Grows Week to Week by 10% in Both 18-49 and Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.

[10/03/15 - 09:03 AM]
"Gotham" Week 2 Rises 63% in Nielsen Live + 3 Day, Outrating Season Premiere
FOX further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Blindspot" Generates NBC's Biggest Live + 3 Day 18-49 Lift in Nearly a Year
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:21 AM]
ABC Wins Its 2nd Straight Friday in Adults 18-49, Outdelivering Runner-Up CBS by 17%
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.

[10/02/15 - 01:09 PM]
VH1's Primetime Ratings for Third Quarter Surge Ahead 34% Over Prior Quarter Among Adults 18-49
VH1 spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2015.

[10/02/15 - 12:50 PM]
Investigation Discovery Tops All of Ad-Supported Cable for Delivery of W25-54 in September
Investigation Discovery spins the numbers for the month of September.

[10/02/15 - 11:11 AM]
ABC Prime Posts the Biggest L+3 Lifts with 6 of the Top 10 Playback Gainers
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.

[10/02/15 - 11:00 AM]
More People Watch Portions of CBS News' Major News Programs During Premiere Week Than Any Other Broadcast Network's News Offerings
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of September 21-27.