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ABC's GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT Finale Surges 30% in Key Demo

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ABC's GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT Finale Surges 30% in Key Demo

During the final complete week of 2013 (w/o 12/23/13), ABC finished No. 1 or No. 2 among the major nets on 6 of 7 nights in Adults 18-49. The week's averages were inflated by high-rated NFL coverage on Sunday, with Primetime football overruns on both FOX and CBS, as well as a big Sunday Night Football game on NBC. In fact excluding sports, ABC won the week by double digits in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3), beating CBS by 10% (1.0/3), NBC by 22% (0.9/3) and FOX by 83% (0.6/2).



· ABC grew its overall audience from the same week last year for the 4th week in a row (+5% - 4.2 million vs. 4.0 million) and held steady in Adults 18-49.



Monday



ABC was the No. 1 broadcaster on Monday in Total Viewers (4.8 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4).



"Shrek the Halls" (8:00-8:30 p.m. - 4.6 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):



At 8:00 p.m., ABC's 2nd encore this season of "Shrek the Halls" was up over the comparable year-ago telecast (on 12/24/12) in Total Viewers (+39% - 4.6 million vs. 3.3 million) and Adults 18-49 (+10% - 1.1/4 vs. 1.0/4).



"A Chipmunk Christmas" (8:30-9:00 p.m. - 4.3 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):



At 8:30 p.m., ABC's encore of "A Chipmunk Christmas" more than doubled its year-ago telecast (on 12/22/12) in Total Viewers (+105% - 4.3 million vs. 2.1 million) and Adults 18-49 (+120% - 1.1/4 vs. 0.5/2). "A Chipmunk Christmas" stood as Monday's No. 1 broadcast show with Kids 2-11.



"The Great Christmas Light Fight" (9:00-11:00 p.m. - 5.0 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49):



Building on its lead-in at 9:00 p.m., ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" finale surged week to week by 25% in Total Viewers (5.0 million vs. 4.0 million) and by 30% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/4 vs. 1.0/3). Growing from first hour to its second hour in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.2 million and 1.3/4) beat out NBC's return of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.5 million and 1.0/3) from 10:00-11:00 p.m.



Tuesday



On Christmas Eve Tuesday, ABC led its nearest broadcast competition by 18% in Adults 18-49 with encore airings of both the animated and live-action versions of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4 for NBC with a 3-hour telecast of "It's a Wonderful Life"). The live-action version (1.3/5) and the animated version (1.2/5) stood as the night's Top 2 broadcasts with young adults.



· ABC was up on the year-ago Christmas Eve by 24% in Total Viewers (4.1 million vs. 3.3 million) and by 30% in Adults 18-49 (1.3/5 vs. 1.0/4). In fact, ABC posted its strongest young adult number and its 2nd-most-watched Christmas Eve performance in 5 years - since 12/24/08.



Wednesday



With repeat comedies from 8:00-10:00 p.m. into an encore "Nashville," ABC was the No. 1 broadcaster on Christmas Night in Adults 18-49, leading runners-up NBC and CBS by 29% (0.9/3 vs. 0.7/2). ABC's "The Middle" (1.3/4) and "Modern Family" (1.3/4) tied as the top-rated broadcast show on Wednesday night.



Thursday



ABC ranked No. 2 on Thursday among the major nets and was up over the year-ago night (12/27/12) by 42% in Total Viewers (5.1 million vs. 3.6 million) and by 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 0.9/3).



"Shark Tank" (8:00-9:00 p.m. - 5.7 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49):



At 8:00 p.m., ABC's repeat "Shark Tank" took second in its hour to CBS' comedies ("The Big Bang Theory"/"The Millers") in Total Viewers (5.7 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4), more than doubling NBC's "Parks and Recreation" (2.0 million and 0.6/2) and more than tripling Fox's "Glee" (1.5 million and 0.4/1). In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (tie), it was "Shark Tank's" strongest repeat performance this season.



· "Shark Tank" improved its time period year to year in Total Viewers (+24% - 5.7 million vs. 4.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (+8% - 1.3/4 vs. 1.2/4).



"Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey" (9:00-11:00 p.m. - 4.8 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):



From 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's "Mysteries of the Castle: Beyond Downton Abbey" on a special "20/20" outdrew NBC's competing "Women of SNL" special by 17% in Total Viewers (4.8 million vs. 4.1 million) and ranked No. 1 across key Women against its CBS and NBC competition. In addition, the show made ABC the most-watched TV network overall from 9:00-10:00 p.m. (5.2 million).



· The special "20/20" improved the 2-hour time period for ABC year to year by wide margins in Total Viewers (+55% - 4.8 million vs. 3.1 million), Adults 18-49 (+43% - 1.0/3 vs. 0.7/2) and Adults 25-54 (+30% - 1.3/3 vs. 1.0/3).



Friday



With repeat comedies ("Last Man Standing"/"Neighbors") and a repeat "Shark Tank" leading into "20/20," ABC ranked No. 1 among the major nets on Friday in Adults 18-49 (1.0/4-tied w/CBS). ABC's encore "Shark Tank" stood as Friday's top-rated show with young adults on the major networks.



Saturday



Boosted by the Jennifer Aniston theatrical "Just Go with It" from 8:00-10:30 p.m., ABC finished as the No. 1 broadcast network on Saturday night in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3).



Sunday



"America's Funniest Home Videos" (7:00-8:00 p.m. - 5.8 million and 1.1/3 in AD18-49):



From 7:00-8:00 p.m., ABC's replay "America's Funniest Home Videos" gained 12% in Total Viewers (5.8 million vs. 5.2 million) from its year-ago telecast and held steady in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3).



· "AFHV" drew its biggest repeat audience since April and tied its best Adult 18-49 encore since March - since 4/14/13 and 3/17/13, respectively.



"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (8:00-11:00 p.m. - 3.7 million and 1.1/3 in AD18-49):



ABC's rebroadcast of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" improved its 3-hour time slot by double digits from the same Sunday last year (with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") in Total Viewers (+23% - 3.7 million vs. 3.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+38% - 1.1/3 vs. 0.8/2).



· "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" grew over its most recent telecast on ABC by 12% in Total Viewers and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (3.3 million and 1.0/4 on 7/23/11).



· Head to head from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC's encore movie outdelivered CBS' "The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" by 22% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 vs. 0.9/2). Please Note: CBS had the advantage of an NFL overrun boosting its Primetime line-up.



WEEK NO. 14: ADULTS 18-49 TOTAL VIEWERS

No.1 NBC 2.0 No.1 NBC 6,730,000

No.2 ABC 1.1 No.2 CBS 6,170,000

No.2 CBS 1.1 No.3 ABC 4,150,000

No.2 FOX 1.1 No.4 FOX 3,570,000

No.5 CW 0.3 No.5 CW 870,000



Source: The Nielsen Company (National, Live+ Same Day Program Ratings), week of 12/23/13.


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