ABC dominates with top-rated Thursday

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ABCABC won Thursday night by wide margins in Adults 18-49, beating out CBS by 12%, Fox by 111% and NBC by 171%.  ABC was also the most-watched network overall on the evening, topping runner-up CBS by 1.2 million viewers.  Excluding sports, the Net marked its top-rated summer Thursday well over 1 year among Adults 18-49 – since 6/23/11.


ABC’s Wipeout won its 2-hour time period (8-10pm) among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.  Among young adults, the ABC series crushed its unscripted competition during the 8 o’clock hour, towering over the season finale of Fox’s Take Me Out (+50%).  During the 9 o’clock hour, Wipeout defeated CBS’ Big Brother 14 by 14% and more than quadrupled NBC’s Saving Hope (+317%).  In fact, the ABC unscripted series finished as the #1 TV program of the evening in Adults 18-49.  Surging week to week in viewers (+29%) and young adults (+29%) to hit summer highs, Wipeout scored its best performance on the evening in more than 6 months – since 1/12/12.

Achieving a summer high opposite original competition during the 10pm hour, ABC’s Rookie Blue dominated CBS’ debut of 3 (+88%) and NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams (+88%) in Adults 18-49. The third-year ABC drama was also the most-watched TV show overall in the slot and won the hour for the 2nd week in a row with Adults 25-54.  ABC’s Rookie Blue was up for the 2nd straight week in Total Viewers (+16%), Adults 18-49 (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+12%).  Posting its highest-rated telecast in more than 1 year, Rookie Blue equaled its top Adult numbers (AD18-49/AD25-54) since last June – since 6/23/11.

(source: ABC)


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