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June 11, 2021

ABC Is No. 1 Entertainment Net During First Week of Summer in Adults 18-49

Network Improves Over Same Week Last Year in Total Viewers

 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season Finale Is No. 1 Entertainment Show in Adults 18-49

 

ABC Delivers Week’s No. 1 Gainer in Delayed Viewing in Total Viewers with

‘The Good Doctor’ Season Finale and in Adults 18-49 With ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Excluding sports programming, ABC ranked as the No. 1 entertainment network during the first complete week of the summer (week of 5/31/21) among Adults 18-49 (0.6/4) in the Live+3 Day ratings, tying NBC, while leading Fox by 20% (0.5/3) and CBS by 100% (0.3/2).

 

ABC improved over the first week of last summer (week of 5/25/20) by 11% in Total Viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.5 million) and held even year to year in Adults 18-49.

 

The season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” was the week’s No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 as ABC claimed 4 of the Top 10 – tying NBC for the most for any network: “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.3/9) – No. 1, “Celebrity Family Feud” season premiere (1.0/7) and “Station 19” season finale (1.0/7) tied for No. 5, and “The Good Doctor” season finale – No. 7 (tie).

 

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” season finale was the No. 1 scripted series of the week in Total Viewers (6.8 million).

 

ABC delivered the week’s No. 1 gainer in delayed viewing in Total Viewers with “The Good Doctor” (+2.87 million) and in Adults 18-49 with “Grey’s Anatomy” (+0.5 rating points-tie).

 

Monday

ABC’s “The Good Doctor” ranked as Monday’s No. 1 program in Total Viewers (6.4 million) in the Live+3 Day numbers. The ABC drama also emerged as the night’s No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 (0.8/6), tying Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” premiere and moving up from No. 3 in Live+Same Day.

 

Airing on the Memorial Day holiday, “The Good Doctor” jumped by +100% among Adults 18-49 from Live+Same Day to Live+3. In addition, “The Good Doctor” soared by +81% in Total Viewers after 3 days of TV delayed viewing, marking its biggest playback lift since February – since 2/22/21.

 

Wednesday

With “Press Your Luck,” “The $100,000 Pyramid” and “A Million Little Things,” ABC ranked as Wednesday’s most-watched network (4.0 million) in the Live+3 Day numbers.

 

ABC delivered each of Wednesday’s Top 3 programs in Total Viewers with “The $100,000 Pyramid” (4.13 million) – No. 1, “A Million Little Things” (4.12 million) – No. 2 and “Press Your Luck” (3.78 million) – No. 3.

 

·       “Press Your Luck” grew over its week-earlier season premiere by 19% in Total Viewers (3.8 million vs. 3.2 million) and by 20% among Adults 18-49 (0.6/5 vs. 0.5/4).

 

·       “The $100,000 Pyramid” improved over its season premiere the prior week by 14% in Total Viewers (4.1 million vs. 3.6 million) and by 20% among Adults 18-49 (0.6/4 vs. 0.5/3).

 

·       “A Million Little Things” built for the 2nd straight week in Total Viewers (+3% – 4.1 million vs. 4.0 million) to hit a 7-week high one week ahead of its season finale – since 4/14/21.

 

Thursday

Driven by the season finales of “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC ranked as Thursday’s most-watched network (5.8 million) in the Live+3 Day numbers, leading runner-up NBC by 7% (5.4 million). In fact, ABC stood as the night’s No. 1 network for the 3rd consecutive week in Total Viewers.

 

ABC delivered Thursday’s Top 2 programs in Total Viewers with “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.8 million) and “Station 19” (6.2 million), respectively. In addition, “Grey’s Anatomy” was the night’s No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 (1.3/9).

 

·       The season four finale of “Station 19” grew over the prior week by 5% in Total Viewers (6.2 million vs. 5.9 million) and by 11% among Adults 18-49 (1.0/7 vs. 0.9/7).

 

·       The season 17 finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” built week to week by 10% in Total Viewers (6.8 million vs. 6.2 million) and by 8% with Adults 18-49 (1.3/9 vs. 1.2/9).

 

Friday

Returning on a new night and time, ABC’s “Emergency Call” grew over its most recent telecast last fall (on 10/26/20) by 10% in Total Viewers (3.4 million vs. 3.1 million) and held even among Adults 18-49 (0.4/4) in the Live+3 Day numbers. Moving from Monday to Friday night, “Emergency Call” outdrew its three most recent telecasts to deliver its 3rd-largest audience.

 

Sunday

With the season premieres of “Celebrity Family Feud,” “The Chase” and “The Hustler” as part of its successful “Summer Fun & Games” brand, ABC ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 (0.7/5) in the Live+3 Day ratings.

 

“Celebrity Family Feud” (8:00-9:00 p.m. – 6.5 million and 1.0/7 in AD18-49):

“Celebrity Family Feud” improved over its year-ago premiere (on 5/31/20) by 25% in Total Viewers (6.5 million vs. 5.2 million) and by 11% among Adults 18-49 (1.0/7 vs. 0.9/5). In fact, “Celebrity Family Feud” opened with its most-watched telecast in 2 years and its highest-rated telecast in Adults 18-49 in 1 year – since 6/9/19 and 6/7/20, respectively.

 

ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” season premiere ranked as Sunday’s No. 1 entertainment program with Adults 18-49 (1.0/7).

 

“The Chase” (9:00-10:00 p.m. – 4.7 million and 0.7/5 in AD18-49):

Moving to Sunday nights this season, ABC’s season premiere of “The Chase” grew over the series’ March finale (on Thursday, 3/4/21) by 18% in Total Viewers (4.7 million vs. 4.0 million) and by 17% with Adults 18-49 (0.7/5 vs. 0.6/4).

 

“The Chase” premiered as Sunday’s No. 2 entertainment series with Adults 18-49 (1.0/7-tie).

 

“To Tell the Truth” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 3.7 million and 0.5/4 in AD18-49):

Airing on a new night and time this season, the season premiere of ABC’s “To Tell the Truth” ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program in Sunday’s 10 p.m. hour in both Total Viewers (3.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (0.5/4).

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live+3 Day Program Ratings, summer week No. 1 = 5/31-6/6/21, excludes programs < 5 minutes. Beginning 8/31/20, National Program Ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing.

 

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