Univision and ABC Top Week in Young Adults as Summer Wraps

Georgi Clemson Football
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

CBS' 'Under the Dome' and ABC's 'Mistresses' are the highest-rated new broadcast series

Univision and ABC were the top networks among young adults last week, with the former riding its all-original telenovela lineup and the latter claiming the week’s No. 1 broadcast with its first primetime college football game of the season.

The Georgia-Clemson matchup on ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” (pictured) helped the franchise get off to its best start yet in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, earning a big 3.1 rating/12 share while drawing 8.14 million viewers overall.

A&E’s reality juggernaut “Duck Dynasty” remained easily the top series in young adults, and CBS’ first-year drama “Under the Dome” continues to rule as the top scripted program while also drawing a larger overall audience than any other series.

Cable claimed seven of the week’s top 20 programs among adults 18-49. And after “Under the Dome” (2.5 rating/7 share), the top original scripted programs in 18-49 were all on cable: AMC’s “Breaking Bad” (2.2/6), ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” (1.4/5), TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” (1.4/4) and BET’s “The Game” (1.2/4).

Labor Day weekend marked the end of TV’s unofficial summer season, which saw CBS’ “Under the Dome” (averaging a 3.7/11 in 18-49 and 14.5 million viewers overall) and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) as the top broadcast series.

After “Under the Dome,” ABC’s “Mistresses” was the top new broadcast series in adults 18-49 (1.8/5).

Among networks, ABC and NBC tied for the lead in adults 18-49 (1.5/5), followed by Fox (1.4/4) and CBS (1.2/4). The Eye drew the most viewers overall, averaging 5.9 million.

Univision’s highest-rated program last week was “Porque el Amor Manda” (Because Love Rules), which did a 1.7/6 in 18-49 on both Tuesday and Thursday, which would have tied for 12th for the week among all primetime programs.

WEEK’S TOP PROGRAMS*

Adults 18-49
1.  Duck Dynasty (A&E), 4.1/13
2.  Saturday Night Football: Georgia-Clemson (ABC), 3.1/12
3.  Under the Dome (CBS), 2.5/7
4.  MasterChef (Fox), 2.4/7
5.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday (NBC), 2.2/7
5.  America’s Got Talent-Tuesday (NBC), 2.2/6
5.  Breaking Bad (AMC), 2.2/6
8.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 2.1/7
8.  MasterChef-8 p.m. (Fox), 2.1/7
10.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 1.8/7
10.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 1.8/5
12.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 1.7/5
13.  Duck Dynasty 9:30-r (A&E), 1.6/4
14.  Mike & Molly-r (CBS), 1.5/4
14.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.5/4
14.  Modern Dads (A&E), 1.5/4
17.  Pretty Little Liars (ABCF), 1.4/5
17.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 1.4/4
17.  2 Broke Girls-r (CBS), 1.4/4
17.  How I Met Your Mother-r (CBS), 1.4/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  Under the Dome (CBS), 11.12
2.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday (NBC), 9.85
3.  Duck Dynasty (A&E), 9.60
4.  America’s Got Talent-Tuesday (NBC), 8.70
5.  NCIS-r (CBS), 8.47
6.  60 Minutes (CBS), 8.36
7.  Saturday Night Football: Georgia-Clemson (ABC), 8.14
8.  Unforgettable (CBS), 6.94
9.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 6.36
10.  MasterChef-9 p.m. (Fox), 6.33
11.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 6.21
12.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 6.00
12.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 6.00
14.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday (NBC), 5.96
15.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 5.81
16.  CSI-r (CBS), 5.74
17.  Mike & Molly-r (CBS), 5.67
18.  MasterChef-8 p.m. (Fox), 5.56
19.  Undercover Boss-r (CBS), 5.29
20.  Person of Interest-r (CBS), 5.19
20.  Blue Bloods-r (CBS), 5.19

*English-language only

WEEK’S TOP NETWORKS
(in millions)

Total Viewers
CBS    5.53
ABC   4.28
NBC   4.08
UNI    3.25
Fox    2.80
ESPN   2.51
USA    2.40
DISN   2.14
A&E    1.97
TNT    1.90

Adults 18-49
UNI     1.57    (1.2 rating/4 share)
ABC     1.47    (1.2/4)
CBS     1.34    (1.1/3)
NBC    1.32    (1.0/3)
Fox     1.25    (1.0/3)
ESPN   1.12
TBS    1.01
USA    0.89
ADSM   0.85
A&E    0.79

Adults 25-54
CBS   1.80    (1.5/4)
ABC   1.75    (1.5/4)
NBC   1.57   (1.3/4)
UNI    1.55   (1.3/4)
Fox    1.35   (1.1/3)
ESPN  1.15
TBS     0.95
USA    0.90
A&E    0.88
HIST   0.74

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading