[12/27/12 - 09:12 AM]
Against Strong Tuesday Competition, ABC Grows 8% Week to Week in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the week of December 17-23.

[via press release from ABC]

Primetime Ratings Report For the week of December 17, 2012 (Based on National Live + Same Day Program Ratings)

ABC's Repeat "Castle" Outdraws NBC's "The Voice"-Driven "Take It All" And Builds Over its Year-Ago Encore Telecast for the 2nd Week in a Row

Against Strong Tuesday Competition, ABC Grows 8% Week to Week in Adults 18-49

The Net's Rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Improves its Hour for ABC Year to Year and Tops "The Voice" Finale as Tuesday's Top Broadcast with Kids 2-11

"Happy Endings" Hits a 7-Week High in Adults 18-49 and a Season High in Men 18-34

"Don't Trust the B--- in Apt 23" is Up Week to Week in Viewers and Young Adults

ABC's "Private Practice" Scores its Highest Rating in 3 Months with Women 18-34

ABC's "A Special Edition of 20/20: The Year with Katie Couric" is Up Year to Year

ABC's Rebroadcast of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" is Thursday's Top Show in Kids 2-11 and Surges Over its Telecast on the Same Evening Last Year

"CMA Country Christmas" Makes ABC No. 1 in Thursday's 10 O'clock Hour

ABC is Friday's Most-Watched Network, as Part 1 of "Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour" Finishes as the No. 1 TV Show Overall

Opposite Substantial NFL-Driven Competition, ABC's "The Sound of Music" Rebroadcast is Up Year to Year by 1.5 Million Viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49


"Castle" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

In the 10 o'clock hour, ABC's repeat "Castle" drew a 16% larger overall audience than NBC's "The Voice"-fueled "Take It All" (5.2 million vs. 4.5 million).

· "Castle" surged over its year-ago replay for the 2nd week in a row in both Total Viewers (+27% - 5.2 million vs. 4.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+38% - 1.1/3 vs. 0.8/2).


Opposite the 2-hour season finale of "The Voice" and CBS' all-original drama lineup, ABC was up week to week on Tuesday night by 8% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/4 vs. 1.3/4).

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

ABC's second rebroadcast this season of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" ranked No. 1 against its broadcast competition from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Kids 2-11 (2.6/9), leading its nearest competitor (NBC - 1.6/5) by 63% on the latter measure. In fact, ABC's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" stood as the night's top-rated broadcast show with Kids 2-11, topping "The Voice" finale by 30% (2.6/9 vs. 2.0/9).

· The animated PEANUTS special improved the hour year to year for ABC by 5% in Total Viewers (5.8 million vs. 5.5 million) and by 21% in Adults 18-49 (1.7/5 vs. 1.4/4).

"Happy Endings" (9:00-9:30 p.m.)

Despite facing "The Voice" finale at 9:00 p.m., ABC's "Happy Endings" grew 8% week to week in Adults 18-49 (1.3/4 vs. 1.2/3) to equal a 7-week high - since 10/30/12. Spiking 44% in Adults 18-34 over the prior week, the ABC comedy posted a best-since premiere rating - since 10/23/12. In addition, "Happy Endings" matched a season-high with Men 18-34.

"Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23" (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

At 9:30 p.m. against the second half-hour of "The Voice," ABC's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23" built week to week by 10% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 1.0/3).

"Private Practice" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

At 10 o'clock, ABC's "Private Practice" ran as the No. 1 drama in the hour among key Women demographics, beating CBS' "Vegas" by strong double-digit margins: W18-49 (+19% - 1.9/5 vs. 1.6/4) and W25-54 (+15% - 2.3/5 vs. 2.0/5).

· Growing for the 2nd week in a row with Women 18-34 (+7%) against the final hour of "The Voice" finale, "Private Practice" scored its highest rating in nearly 3 months- since 10/2/12.


"A Special Edition of 20/20: The Year with Katie Couric" (9:31-11:00 p.m.)

Despite coming out of repeat programming at 9:30 p.m. against the final half-hour of Fox's 2-hour Wednesday finale of "The X Factor" and NBC's 2-hour "Miss Universe Pageant," "A Special Edition of 20/20: The Year with Katie Couric" was up over its year-ago telecast (on 12/15/11) in both Adults 18-49 (+7% - 1.6/4 vs. 1.5/4) and Adults 25-54 (+5% - 2.1/5 vs. 2.0/5).

· Building its numbers at 10:00 p.m., "The Year with Katie Couric" earned second place from 10:00-11:00 p.m. with Adults 25-54 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), while finishing No. 1 among Women 25-54.

· Versus the most recent installment of "A Special Edition of 20/20" with Katie Couric (1.3/4 and 1.8/5 on 10/26/12), "The Year with Katie Couric" scored strong double-digit increases in Adults 18-49 (+23%) and Adults 25-54 (+17%).


"I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

At 8:00 p.m. against the opening hour of Fox's "The X Factor" season closer, ABC's rebroadcast of

"I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" ranked No. 1 against its broadcast competition in its time period with Kids 2-11, beating the Fox finale by 21% (2.3/7 vs. 1.9/6). In fact, "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" stood as Thursday's top-rated broadcast program with Kids 2-11.

· The PEANUTS holiday special surged over its telecast on the same Thursday last year (12/22/11) by 39% in Total Viewers (5.0 million vs. 3.6 million), by 27% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/4 vs. 1.1/3) and by 28% in Kids 2-11 (2.3/7 vs. 1.8/6). In addition, the special posted ABC's best Kids 2-11 rating in the hour in more than 1 year - since 12/15/11.

"CMA Country Christmas" (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

Starting out at 9:00 p.m. opposite the second hour of Fox's "The X Factor" finale, "CMA Country Christmas" made ABC the most-watched network (6.9 million) in its second hour from 10:00-11:00 p.m.

· ABC's "CMA Country Christmas" concert topped CBS' "Grammy Nominations Concert" earlier in the month (on 12/5/12) by 1.8 million viewers (7.2 million vs. 5.4 million).


With comedy encores ("Last Man Standing"/"Malibu Country") leading into an ABC News special from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC was the most-watched network on Friday night, leading its nearest competitor (NBC) by 9% (4.8 million vs. 4.4 million).

"Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's Part 1 of "Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour" ranked No. 1 in its time period among Total Viewers (5.3 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.5/4), standing as Friday's most-watched TV show. Head to head in its final hour, the ABC News program dominated NBC's Dateline by 1.7 million viewers (5.4 million vs. 3.7 million) and by 36% in Adults 25-54 (1.5/4 vs. 1.1/3). Christiane Amanpour took viewers on the ultimate road trip as she traveled to the lands of the Bible to explore the fundamental roots of three religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the powerful stories that inspire billions. Part 2 of the special airs this coming Friday, 12/28/12, from 9:00-11:00 p.m.


"The Sound of Music" (7:00-11:00 p.m.)

Opposite NBC's "Sunday Night Football" (San Francisco-Seattle) and Fox's big NFL primetime overrun into the first hour of the night, ABC's 4-hour rebroadcast of "The Sound of Music" delivered solid increases over last year's telecast (on 12/24/11), up by 1.5 million viewers (5.2 million vs. 3.7 million) and by 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 0.9/3).

· ABC's encore movie telecast beat out CBS' lineup on the night, which included a first-run "60 Minutes," by 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 0.9/3).

· Gaining viewers in each hour, "The Sound of Music" doubled its Total Viewer (+97% - 3.2 million to 6.3 million) and Adult 18-49 (+100% - 0.6/2 to 1.2/4) numbers from its first half-hour to its final half-hour.

Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 12/17/12.

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