ABC's Tim Allen sitcom 'Last Man Standing' solid Tuesday


With a mix of original and repeat programming, ABC came in as the 2nd most-watched TV network on Tuesday night to CBS, outdrawing Fox’s all-original line up by 4% and NBC’s first-run schedule by 14%.  In addition, the Net grew its overall audience year to year by 9%. 

Surging by 10% week to week to draw its biggest audience in 6 weeks (since 10/18/11), ABC rookie Last Man Standing registered as the 2nd-most-watched TV program overall at 8pm, besting Fox’s Glee by 2.6 million viewers and NBC’s The Biggest Loser 12 by 3.3 million viewers.  The broad-skewing Tim Allen comedy beat out The Biggest Loser among Adults 18-49, and once again delivered the #2 position in its time slot with Adults 25-54 and key Men (M18-49/M25-54).

ABC self-starter Last Man Standing once again qualified as Tuesday’s most-watched comedy, pulling in 2.6 million more viewers than Fox’s runner-up Glee-boosted New Girl at 9pm. 

The freshman comedy continued to improve its time period year to year.  In fact on average since its debut, Last Man Standing has boosted the half-hour for ABC by 2.8 million viewers and by 45% in Adults 18-49.

At 8:30pm opposite stiff competition, ABC’s Man Up! equaled its top Adult 18-34 number in 6 weeks and marked best-since-debut results with key Men (M18-34/M25-54). 

More than doubling the audience of its repeat The Middle lead-in and jumping by 38% in Adults 18-49, ABC’s Body of Proof returned (after being preempted for the DWTS finale the prior week) as the most-watched drama in the 10 o’clock hour, surpassing NBC’s Parenthood by 3.7 million viewers. 

Body of Proof scored strong time-period increases for the Net over the same night last year (w/Detroit 1-8-7) with Total Viewers (+29%) and Adults 18-49 (+13%).  On average season to date, the ABC sophomore drama is improving Tuesday’s 10pm hour year over year by 2.4 million viewers and by 14% in Adults 18-49.

(source; ABC)