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[10/17/06 - 03:29 PM]
Quick Take for Monday, October 16, 2006 - Final Ratings
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, October 16.

[via press release from ABC]

QUICK TAKE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2006 - FINAL RATINGS

ABC Marks its Strongest Monday of the Season in Total Viewers, Young Adults and Women, Winning the Evening with Women 18-34

ABC's "Wife Swap" Hits Season Highs at 8pm in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

Hitting Season Highs, "The Bachelor: Rome" is up from the Prior Week By 10% among Total Viewers and by 6% among Adults 18-49

Achieving Monday Highs Across-the-Board, ABC's "What About Brian" Beats NBC's "Studio 60" in the Key Adult 18-49 Sales Demographic

Monday Night (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

With "Wife Swap" leading into "The Bachelor: Rome," followed by "What About Brian" at 10:00 p.m., ABC produced its largest Monday night audience (8.0 million) and top Adult 18-49 rating (3.3/8), with regular programming on the night, since early May - since 5/1/06. For the second straight week, ABC hit Monday season highs in each of the women demographics. ABC ranked as the No. 1 Network on Monday night among Women 18-34 (4.4/12).

* ABC surged from its delivery on the same night last year by +29% in Women 18-34 (4.4/12 vs. 3.4/10), by +20% in Women 18-49 (4.8/11 vs. 4.0/10) and by +18% in Women 25-54 (5.2/12 vs. 4.4/10), a night which included a Monday Night Football game (St. Louis at Indianapolis) and an episode of "Wife Swap."

"Wife Swap" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

"Wife Swap" gave ABC a solid start from 8:00-9:00 p.m., taking second place in the hour among Adults 18-34 (2.9/9) and Adults 18-49 (3.3/9).

* "Wife Swap" delivered a season high in the 8 o'clock hour among Total Viewers (8.1 million) and across the adult demos: AD18-34 (2.9/9), AD18-49 (3.3/9) and AD25-54 (3.6/9).

"The Bachelor: Rome" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-10:00 p.m. "The Bachelor" built on its lead-in and grew by 10% in Total Viewers and by 9% in Adults 18-49 from start to finish. "The Bachelor: Rome" took second place in its time period with its core audience of Women 18-34 (4.5/11), beating CBS' comedies by 13% ("Two and a Half Men"/"Old Christine" - 4.0/10).

* Hitting season highs, ABC's "The Bachelor: Rome" was from the prior week by 10% in Total Viewers (8.7 million vs. 7.9 million) and by 6% in Adults 18-49 (3.3/8 vs. 3.1/7).

"What About Brian" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

ABC's "What About Brian" beat NBC's "Studio 60" during the 10 o'clock hour by 3% among Adults 18-49 (3.2/8 vs. 3.1/8) and by a more substantial 28% in Adults 18-34 (3.2/9 vs. 2.5/7). The new NBC drama sank to new lows in viewers and young adults.

* Growing from its week earlier season premiere, "What About Brian" achieved its largest-ever Monday audience (7.3 million), matched its high among Adults 18-49 (3.2/8) and hit a new Monday high with Adults 18-34 (3.2/9).

* ABC's "What About Brian" retained an impressive 97% of its Adult 18-49 lead-in from "The Bachelor" (3.2/8 vs. 3.3/8) and built on its lead-in by 10% in Adults 18-34 (3.2/9 vs. 2.9/7).

Source: Nielsen Media Research (Preliminary, Live+SD), 10/16/06.





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· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, THE (CBS)
· STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP (NBC)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· WHAT ABOUT BRIAN (ABC)
· WIFE SWAP (CMT)





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