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Primetime Ratings Report for the Week of November 12, 2007 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)
ABC spins the numbers for the week of November 12-18.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of November 12, 2007 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC Claims the No. 1 TV Show for the Week in Total Viewers with "Dancing With the Stars," and the No. 1 Show in Adults 18-49 with "Grey's Anatomy"

The Net Airs 3 of Top 4 Most-Watched TV Shows for the Week And Places 6 Shows Among the Weekly Top 20 in Adults 18-49

"Dancing with the Stars" is Monday's Top Draw in Viewers for the Eighth Straight Week, Also Ranking as the Night's No. 1 Show in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54

The Season's No. 1 New Comedy and Most-Watched New Show Overall, "Samantha Who?" Wins its Monday Slot for the Fifth Week Running in Viewers and Key Women

"The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" is Up Year to Year in Viewers and Young Adults

For the Second Time in Three Weeks, ABC's "DWTS the Results Show" Outdraws Fox's "House" in Total Viewers and Stands as Tuesday's Most-Watched TV Show

"Pushing Daisies" Dominates Wednesday's 8pm Hour in Viewers and Adults 18-49, Qualifying as the Top Series in its Slot in the Key Sales Demo on All 6 of its Telecasts

Growing from its Most Recent Airing in Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC's "Private Practice" is Wednesday's No. 1 TV Series in Adults 18-34 for its 7th Straight Telecast

"Ugly Betty" Matches its Best-Since-Season-Premiere Adult 18-49 Number

Thursday's No. 1 TV Show in Adults 18-49 for the Eighth Week Running, "Grey's Anatomy" Marks its Best Numbers in Viewers and Key Adults Since its Season Opener

In a Special Thursday Airing, "Women's Murder Club" Hits Series Highs in Key Adults

For the Sixth Straight Friday, ABC's "Women's Murder Club" Leads its Slot in Viewers

Despite Shifting to a More Competitive Night This Year, Facing NFL-Boosted NBC And Fox on Sunday, ABC's "American Music Awards" Posts its Top Results in 3 Years

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It was a close race for first place during the week (w/o 11/12/07) among Adults 18-49, as ABC (3.3/9), CBS (3.3/9) and Fox (3.4/9) all delivered a 9 audience share, while Fox held a slight advantage in rating. It's certainly worth noting that Fox's weekly standings and averages were inflated by a high-rated NFL overrun on Sunday into the first hour of primetime. ABC ranked No. 1 for the 8th consecutive week this season across the key women demographics: W18-34 (3.6/10), W18-49 (4.4/11) and W25-54 (5.1/12).

Rankings: ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and "Grey's Anatomy" were the No. 1 TV shows for the week in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, respectively. In fact the Net aired 3 of the Top 4 most-watched television programs overall: "Dancing with the Stars-MON" � No. 1, "Grey's Anatomy" � No. 3 and "Dancing with the Stars the Results-TU" � No. 4. ABC placed 6 of the Top 20 television shows in Adults 18-49: "Grey's Anatomy" � No. 1, "Dancing with the Stars-MON" � No. 7, "American Music Awards" � No. 10, "Samantha Who?" � No. 17, while "Private Practice" and "DWTS the Results-TU" tied at No. 20. ABC's "Samantha Who?" and "Private Practice" ranked as the Top 2 new series in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

A note about increasing DVR penetration and year to year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating trends based on the Live + Same Day data stream may be somewhat distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has more than doubled from 10% during the same point in 2006 up to 21% currently. More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next day numbers. Therefore, the only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.


Featuring its lineup of "Dancing with the Stars," "Samantha Who?" and "The Bachelor," ABC stood as Monday's most-watched TV network for the eighth week running, outperforming second-place CBS by 3.9 million viewers (16.3 million vs. 12.4 million). The Net also ranked No. 1 on the evening among Adults 18-49 (4.4/11) and Adults 25-54 (5.5/13) for the second week in a row.

"Dancing with the Stars" (8:00-9:32 p.m.)

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" registered its eighth consecutive week as Monday's most-watched TV show (21.8 million). In addition, the broad-appealing unscripted dance competition also stood as the No. 1 TV show of the evening with Adults 18-49 (5.2/13 � tied), Adults 25-54 (6.8/15), Women 18-49 (7.5/17), and Women 25-54 (9.7/21).

� Drawing 21.8 million viewers, "Dancing with the Stars" delivered a season-high audience and drew the Net's highest Total Viewer count in the time period in over 7 years � since 5/1/00, non-sports.

"Samantha Who?" (9:32-10:02 p.m.)

The season's No. 1 rookie comedy in viewers and young adults, as well as the most-watched new show overall, ABC's "Samantha Who?" won its time period for the fifth consecutive week in Total Viewers (13.7 million), Women 18-49 (6.3/14) and Women 25-54 (7.5/15).

� Ranking behind only "DWTS" on the night, "Samantha Who?" stood as Monday's second-highest-rated TV program with Women 18-49 and Women 25-54.

"The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

Finishing second in its hour to CBS veteran "C.S.I.: Miami," ABC's "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" beat NBC's "Journeyman" during the 10 o'clock hour by 2.9 million viewers (9.0 million vs. 6.1 million) and by 38% in Adults 18-49 (3.3/9 vs. 2.4/6).

� "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" was up by 1.6 million viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49 over the previous fall's "The Women Tell All" (7.4 million & 2.7/6 on 11/20/06).


"Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

For the second time in three weeks, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" outdrew "House" in Total Viewers (17.6 million vs. 17.0 million) to win the 9 o'clock hour and stood as Tuesday's most-watched TV show. The ABC dancing results show delivered a solid second in the hour in Adults 18-49 (4.2/10) to Fox, outperforming third-place NBC's "Biggest Loser" by 14% (3.7/9) and fourth-place CBS' "The Unit" by 45% (2.9/7). Actor Cameron Mathison was the eighth celebrity dancer to be eliminated from the contest, leaving the dance competition with its final four.

"Boston Legal" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

ABC's "Boston Legal" defeated CBS' third-place "Cane" by a best-ever 4.1 million viewers (11.4 million vs. 7.3 million) and by 56% in Adults 18-49 (2.8/8 vs. 1.8/5).

� "Boston Legal" matched the series' biggest audience on the night in more than 1-1/2 years � 1/24/06.


ABC finished in a virtual tie for first place with CBS on Wednesday among Adults 18-49 (3.4/9 vs. 3.5/9). The Net ranked No. 1 on Wednesday in Adults 18-34 (3.1/9) for the 7th time in 8 weeks, and for the 8th straight week across the key women demographics: W18-34 (4.5/12), W18-49 (4.6/11) and W25-54 (5.2/12-tie).

"Pushing Daisies" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

"Pushing Daisies" won the 8 o'clock hour, beating out its nearest competitors by 1.4 million viewers (8.8 million vs. 7.4 million � CBS' "Kid Nation") and by 19% in Adults 18-49 (3.1/9 vs. 2.6/7 � Fox and CW tied). In fact ABC's "Daisies" has been the No. 1 television series in the 8 o'clock hour on all 6 of the series' telecasts in the key young adult sales demo.

� "Pushing Daisies" grew from its most recent telecast by 2% in Total Viewers and by 15% Adults 18-49 (8.6 million & 2.7/8 on 10/31/07).

"Private Practice" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

Jumping from its lead-in, ABC's "Private Practice" took second in the 9 o'clock hour to a high-rated installment of "Criminal Minds" among Total Viewers (11.5 million), and nearly tied the CBS drama for first place in the slot among Adults 18-49 (4.2/11 vs. 4.3/11). "Private Practice" defeated its competing freshman drama competition on NBC, "Bionic Woman," by a best-yet 5.2 million viewers and by 68% in Adults 18-49 ("Bionic Woman" hit series lows - 6.3 million & 2.5/6). Wednesday's No. 1 TV program with Adults 18-34 for its 7th straight telecast (on each of the series' airings), "Private Practice" outdelivered its closest competition in the time period by 29% (4.0/11 vs. 3.1/8 � Fox).

� "Private Practice" was up from its most recent telecast two weeks ago in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (11.3 million & 3.8/10 on 10/31/07).

"Dirty Sexy Money" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

Taking second to CBS' veteran "C.S.I.: NY," ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" defeated its freshman drama competition during the 10 o'clock hour, NBC's "Life," by 1.0 million viewers (7.9 million vs. 6.9 million) and by 12% in Adults 18-49 (2.8/8 vs. 2.5/7). The new ABC series ranked No. 1 in its time period in Adults 18-34 (2.5/7) and Women 18-34 (3.5/9).


ABC topped its 8th consecutive Thursday in Adults 18-34, beating out second-place NBC by 26% on the night (4.8/13 vs. 3.8/10). The Net earned second place on the evening to CBS in Total Viewers and nearly tied the Eye Net for first place among Adults 18-49 (5.0/12 vs. 5.1/13).

� ABC generated its biggest audience (13.0 million) on the night in 7 weeks � largest since season premiere Thursday on 9/27/07.

"Ugly Betty" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Holding second to CBS' "Survivor: China" from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ABC's "Ugly Betty" topped its NBC comedy competition in the hour ("My Name is Earl"/"30 Rock") in Total Viewers (10.7 million vs. 7.2 million) and in Adults 18-49 (3.5/9 vs. 3.4/9). For the 8th consecutive week, "Betty" ranked No. 1 in its time slot with Women 18-34, besting second-place "Survivor: China" by 23% (4.8/13 vs. 3.911).

� "Ugly Betty" garnered its top Women 18-49 rating (5.0/13) in 5 weeks and matched its best-since-season-premiere rating among Adults 18-49 (3.5/9) � since 10/11/07 and 9/27/07, respectively.

"Grey's Anatomy" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" dominated the 9 o'clock hour and stood as Thursday's No. 1 television program across each of the key adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (8.4/20), Adults 18-49 (8.2/19) and Adults 25-54 (8.6/18). In its time period, "Grey's" beat out CBS' "C.S.I." by 26% in Adults 18-49 (8.2/19 vs. 6.5/15). It's the 8th week running that "Grey's Anatomy" has been Thursday's No. 1 TV show in the key young adult sales demographic.

� "Grey's Anatomy" attracted its largest audience (19.6 million) and highest ratings across the adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) since its season opener � since 9/27/07. In fact among Adults 18-49, it was TV's second-highest-rated scripted series telecast this season, behind only its own season premiere on 9/27/07.

"Women's Murder Club" (10:02-11:00 p.m.)

In the final hour of the night against veteran dramas on CBS ("Without a Trace") and NBC ("ER"), a special Thursday airing of ABC freshman "Women's Murder Club" ranked No. 2 among Women 18-34 (3.7/11), pacing 6% ahead of CBS (3.5/10).

� Receiving strong additional sampling outside of its regular Friday 9:00 p.m. time slot, "Women's Murder Club" marked series-high ratings across the key adult demographics: AD18-34 (2.5/7), AD18-49 (3.0/8) and AD25-54 (3.5/9).


"MEN IN TREES" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

ABC's "MEN IN TREES" saw increases over the prior week in both Total Viewers (6.3 million vs. 6.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.6/5 vs. 1.5/5), delivering its best numbers in 3 weeks � since 10/26/07.

"Women's Murder Club" (9:00-10:02 p.m.)

Growing from its lead-in among viewers and young adults, ABC's "Women's Murder Club" made ABC the No. 1 Network in the 9 o'clock hour for the sixth week running, ahead of CBS' second-place "Moonlight" by 9% (8.9 million vs. 8.2 million).


"2007 American Music Awards" (8:00-11:00 p.m.)

Competing against NBC's "Sunday Night Football" (New England-Buffalo) and an NFL prime overrun-boosted Fox (Chicago-Seattle) during its broadcast, ABC's telecast of the "2007 American Music Awards" took second place in its 3-hour time period among Adults 18-49 (4.8/12) and Adults 25-54 (5.3/12). The "AMAs" won its time period across the key women demographics (W18-34 � 5.3/14, W18-49 � 6.0/14 and W25-54 � 6.6/14), also standing as Sunday's No. 1 TV program on all three women measures.

� Despite moving from Tuesday night last year (11/21/06) to a much more competitive Sunday this year, opposite an NFL game on NBC and an NFL overrun-boosted Fox, ABC's 2007 airing of the "American Music Awards" delivered its largest audience (11.8 million) and highest Adult 18-49 rating (4.8/12) in 3 years � best since the 2004 telecast. Additionally the annual music awards show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also marked its top numbers since 2004 with Adults 25-54 (5.3/12), Men 18-49 (3.6/9) and Teens 12-17 (3.9/13). In fact among Teens 12-17, the show generated ABC's biggest number in the time period in nearly 9 months � since the 2007 "Academy Awards" telecast on 2/25/07.

Source: Nielsen Media Research (National Live+Same Day Program Ratings), week of 11/12/07, unless stated otherwise.

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