Monday: Growing by 8% and by 22% among key adult demos, ABC’s Bachelor Pad hit a best-since premiere performance in Adults 18-49 (since 7/23/12), while matching a season high in Adults 18-34, respectively. At 9pm, Bachelor Pad topped week 2 of NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes in both Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+8%). In the 10 o’clock hour, the season finale of ABC’s The Glass House drew its largest overall audience in 4 weeks – since 7/23/11.
Tuesday: From 10-11pm, ABC’s season finale of NY Med-Part 1 more than doubled its lead-in among Total Viewers (+141%), while doubling its lead-in in the key Adult 25-54 news demo (+100%). In addition, NY Med built its Total Viewer (+13%) and Adult 25-54 (+15%) numbers from its first half-hour to its second half-hour, while both CBS (-3%/-6%) and NBC (-25%/-28%) declined across the 10 o’clock hour on both Nielsen measures. NY Med once again improved on original programming on the year-ago night. In fact, on average this season, the ABC News docu-series grew over Combat Hospital in the time slot the prior Summer in Total Viewers (+14%), Adults 25-54 (+8%) and Adults 18-49 (+11%).
Wednesday: At 10 o’clock, the season finale of ABC’s NY Med-Part 2 grew over Tuesday’s Part 1 by 7% in Total Viewers and by 7% in the key Adult 25-54 news demo, marking the ABC News docu-series’ best performance in 5 weeks – since 7/17/12. Improving its slot week to week by 5%, NY Med scored ABC’s biggest audience in Wednesday’s 10 o’clock hour this summer. Similar to Part 1, Part 2 of the NY Med finale built its overall audience from its first half-hour to its second half-hour (+7%), while both CBS (-2%) and NBC (-2%) lost viewers within the 10pm hour.
Thursday: At 9 o’clock, ABC’s Wipeout surged over its most-recent telecast by 35% in Total Viewers and by 25% in Adults 18-49, delivering its best numbers in the hour in 5 weeks – since 7/19/12. Wipeout was the top-rated broadcast program in its time slot in Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11, while ranking as Thursday’s #1 show on the broadcast networks in Teens 12-17. Wipeout improved over original programming on the year-ago night by double-digit percentages in Adults 18-49 (+15%).
Friday: At 8pm, ABC’s repeat Shark Tank finished as the 2nd-most-watched program to CBS’ NFL football coverage (Chicago Bears-NY Giants), leading its encore unscripted competition on NBC by 1.2 million viewers (America’s Got Talent). Growing over the prior week by 8% in Total Viewers, Shark Tank hit a 5-week high – since 7/20/12. ABC’s replay 20/20-FRIDAY earned second place in the 9 o’clock hour, behind only CBS’ NFL football coverage, topping encore dramas on NBC by 2.9 million viewers (Grimm) and Fox by 1.8 million viewers (Bones). 20/20-FRIDAY delivered its most-watched telecast in 6 weeks – since 7/13/12. ABC’s encore 20/20 led the 10 o’clock hour, outdrawing CBS’ NFL football coverage by 16% in the slot to finish as Friday’s most-watched TV show overall. Opposite its newsmagazine competition in the hour, the replay 20/20 towered over NBC’s Dateline Classic in Total Viewers (+59%), Adults 25-54 (+42%) and Adults 18-49 (+44%). 20/20 generated its largest audience in 7 weeks (since 7/6/12), representing its 2nd-most-watched telecast in the hour this summer.
Saturday: With coverage of NASCAR Series at Bristol, ABC qualified as the most-watched network on Saturday night, outdrawing runner-up CBS with NFL coverage by nearly 1.0 million viewers. ABC surged week to week by 2.7 million Total Viewers and by 114% in Adults 18-49, turning in its strongest Saturday in 3 months – since 5/26/12. Airing from 7:30-11:12pm, NASCAR Series at Bristol was Saturday’s #1 TV program in Total Viewers, outpacing CBS’ NFL pre-season game (Houston Texans-New Orleans Saints) by 16%. Saturday night’s NASCAR race improved over the year-ago race at Bristol by 16% in Total Viewers and by 15% in Adults 18-49, marking ABC’s most-watched-ever NASCAR Series at Bristol race.