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ABC is season's No. 1 entertainment net for 2nd year in a row in adults 18-49

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Thu, May 27th 2021 09:25 pm

Network scores back-to-back wins for first time in at least 25 years

√ ABC wins 23 of 35 weeks this season

During the 2020-21 season, ABC ranks as the season’s No. 1 entertainment network for the second year in a row among adults 18-49 (0.9/6) excluding sports programming, leading FOX by 13% (0.8/5), NBC by 29% (0.7/5) and CBS by 29% (0.7/4). In fact, ABC has delivered back-to-back No. 1 finishes based on entertainment programming for the first time in at least 25 years in Adults 18-49.

ABC has ranked or tied as the No. 1 entertainment network in 23 of the 35 weeks of the season to date with Adults 18-49, up from its 16 weekly wins last season.

ABC stands as the No. 1 entertainment network this season on 4 of the 7 days of the week among Adults 18-49, ranking No. 1 on more nights of the week than any other network: Monday (1.1/7), Tuesday (1.0/6-tie), Thursday (1.2/7) and Friday (0.7/5). ABC’s Thursday ties FOX’s Wednesday as the highest-rated night of the week in adults 18-49 (1.2/7).

ABC claims three of the season’s Top 5 entertainment programs with adults 18-49, marking the most for any network: “The Bachelor” (1.8/11) and “The Bachelorette” (1.8/10) tie for No. 3 and “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.7/11) – No. 5.

ABC delivers the season’s No. 1 entertainment series on Monday with “The Bachelor” (1.8/11) and on Thursday with “Grey’s Anatomy” (1.7/11), and the No. 1 program on Friday with “Shark Tank” (0.9/6-tie) among adults 18-49.

ABC has four of top 10 highest-rated new series this season among adults 18-49, marking the most for any network: “Big Sky” (1.1/8) – No. 4, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (1.0/6) – No. 5, while “The Chase” (0.9/5) and “Supermarket Sweep” (0.9/5) tie for No. 6.

ABC’s “Big Sky” was the No. 1 new series of the fall in both total viewers (8.1 million) and adults 18-49 (1.4/9).

ABC claims the season’s top two highest-rated series on TV among women 18-34 with “The Bachelorette” (2.6/20) – No. 1 and “The Bachelor” (2.4/20) – No. 2 (tie).

Source: The Nielsen Company, national most current program ratings for 2020-21 season (9/21/20-5/23/21), entertainment excludes sports programming. Network averages exclude programs < 5 minutes. Series rankings are based on regular programming only and excludes specials, breakouts, sustainers, programs < 5 minutes, non-commercials. Beginning 8/31/20, National Program Ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing.

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