Driven by another strong turnout for DWTS and Castle, ABC stood as Monday’s most-watched TV net for the 5th week running, outdrawing NBC by 6.1 million viewers, CBS by 6.6 million viewers and more than doubling the audience of Fox (+133%). In addition among Adults 18-49, ABC defeated Fox’s original drama lineup (Bones/House) by 30% and nearly tied CBS on the night.
- ABC grew week to week in viewers (+12%) and young adults (+8%), while increasing its overall audience by 6% from the year-ago evening.
Once again finishing as Monday’s most-watched TV program, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars soared to the top its 2-hour time slot for the 5th straight week, beating out runner-up NBC’s The Voice in head-to-head competition by 6.4 million viewers. The ABC unscripted series dominated Fox’s combo of Bones and House in Adults 18-49 by 40%. In addition, the broad-appealing dancing competition ranked #1 in the slot with Women 25-54, while taking second with Women 18-49 and making ABC the #2 broadcaster with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.
ABC’s Castle won the 10 o’clock hour by impressive margins in Total Viewers and key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54) to stand as Monday’s most-watched scripted show overall. In the hour, ABC’s Castle beat out NBC’s first-run Smash by 5.4 million viewers, by a best-yet 39% in Adults 25-54 and by a best-yet 16% in Adults 18-49. In fact, Castle also qualified was Monday’s #1 drama with viewers and key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54), outdelivering Fox’s Bones and House, as well as NBC’s Smash.
- ABC’s Castle was up over its last original telecast two weeks ago among Adults 18-49 (+5%).