ABC up week-to-week


ABCMonday: 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. Castle surged over its year-ago replay for the 2nd week in a row in both Total Viewers (+27%) and Adults 18-49 (+38%).

Tuesday: 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. ABC’s second rebroadcast this season of A Charlie Brown Christmas ranked #1 against its broadcast competition from 8-9pm in Kids 2-11, leading its nearest competitor (NBC) 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%.  The animated PEANUTS special improved the hour year to year for ABC by 5% in Total Viewers and by 21% in Adults 18-49. Despite facing The Voice finale at 9pm, ABC’s Happy Endings grew 8% week to week in Adults 18-49 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. At 9:30pm 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. At 10 o’clock, ABC’s Private Practice ran as the #1 drama in the hour among key Women demographics, beating CBS’ Vegas by strong double-digit margins: W18-49 +19% and W25-54 +15%.  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.

Wednesday: Despite coming out of repeat programming at 9:30pm 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%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%). Building its numbers at 10pm, The Year with Katie Couric earned second place during the final hour of the night in Adults 25-54 and key Women (W18-34/W18-49), while finishing #1 among Women 25-54. Versus the most recent installment of A Special Edition of 20/20 with Katie Couric (on 10/26/12), The Year with Katie Couric scored strong double-digit increases in Adults 18-49 (+23%) and Adults 25-54 (+17%).

Thursday: At 8pm 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 #1 against its broadcast competition in its time period with Kids 2-11, beating the Fox finale by 21%. 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, by 27% in Adults 18-49 and by 28% in Kids 2-11. In addition, the special posted ABC’s best Kids 2-11 rating in the hour in more than 1 year – since 12/15/11. Starting out at 9pm opposite the second hour of Fox’s The X Factor finale, CMA Country Christmas made ABC the most-watched network in its second hour from 10-11pm. ABC’s CMA Country Christmas concert topped CBS’ Grammy Nominations Concert earlier in the month (on 12/5/12) by 1.8 million viewers.

Friday: With comedy encores (Last Man Standing/Malibu Country) leading into an ABC News special from 9-11pm, ABC was the most-watched network on Friday night, leading its nearest competitor (NBC) by 9%. From 9-11pm, ABC’s Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour ranked #1 in its time period among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, 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 and by 36% in Adults 25-54. Christiane Amanpour took viewers on the ultimate road trip as she travels 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 from 9-11pm on 12/28/12.

Sunday: Up against 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, up by 1.5 million viewers and by 22% in Adults 18-49. 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. Gaining viewers in each hour, The Sound of Music doubled its Total Viewer (+97%) and Adult 18-49 (+100%) numbers from its first half-hour to its final half-hour.