Once Upon a Time Ratings

ABC continued its late-season success last week, finishing on top of the primetime young-adult rankings for a fourth straight week — its longest winning streak since November 2006.

The Alphabet, which got help from a Saturday NBA game that dominated the night, claimed seven of the week’s top 20 broadcast programs in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, including the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”

Overall, ratings were lower as better weather and sporting events like the NFL Draft on ESPN — the week’s No. 1 program in young adults — and the NBA Playoffs stole away some viewers.

According to Nielsen estimates, ABC led in adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating/5 share, followed by CBS (1.5/5) and Fox and NBC (both at a 1.4 rating). CBS edged ahead of ABC to win in adults 25-54 (2.2 to 2.1) while dominating in total viewers (8.35 million to 6.31 million for ABC) for its 10th straight weekly win.

Leading the way in 18-49 for ABC last week were vets “Modern Family” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 8.55 million viewers overall) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.95 million viewers overall), while “Once Upon a Time” was Sunday’s top broadcast (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.80 million viewers overall) with its two-hour finale.

A pair of Wednesday comedies that won’t be returning next season — “Suburgatory” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.99 million viewers overall) and “Mixology” (1.3/4, 3.84 million) — exited meekly.

CBS claimed the week’s No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 in “The Big Bang Theory” (3.8/13 in 18-49, 14.42 million viewers overall) and the most-watched program of any kind in “NCIS” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 15.88 million). Another vet, “CSI,” ended its season a winner (1.9/6 in 18-49, 10.01 million viewers overall), opening up some distance on its timeslot rivals in key demos.

Recent addition “Friends With Better Lives” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.92 million viewers overall) continues to do OK but “Bad Teacher” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.73 million viewers overall) isn’t doing much on Thursday. Both shows have been canceled, though it wouldn’t be surprising if “Friends” landed somewhere else.

NBC was paced as usual by Monday’s “The Voice” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 11.00 million viewers overall) and “The Blacklist” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.47 million viewers overall). Not doing much, though skedded on normally soft NBC nights, were Thursday’s “American Comedy Awards” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.15 million viewers overall) and Sunday’s original movie “Rosemary’s Baby” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.68 million viewers overall).

And Fox bookended the week with its top shows: Monday’s return of Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 8.08 million viewers overall) and Sunday’s “Family Guy” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.16 million viewers overall). The net’s lowest-rated show of the week was “Glee” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.10 million viewers overall), which perhaps not surprisingly was left off the net’s fall schedule.

ESPN’s coverage of Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft drew the event’s largest audience in more than 20 years (9.94 million) and was the week’s No. 1 program in adults 18-49 (4.6/15). NFL Network also carried it, adding a 1.1/3 in the demo and 2.43 million total viewers.

At HBO, “Game of Thrones” cooled off a bit (6.40 million) but again was watched by more young adults than any broadcast or basic cable drama.

On Showtime, “Penny Dreadful” opened to a nothing-special 872,000 viewers, but its cume audience for the night (1.43 million) was larger than that for the premiere of “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex.”

 

WEEKLY NETWORK AVERAGES

Adults 18-49 (rating/share)

ABC             1.7/5
CBS              1.5/5
Fox              1.4/5
NBC             1.4/4
UNI             1.2/4
CW              0.5/2
TEL             0.4/1

Total Viewers

CBS             8.35 million
ABC            6.31 million
NBC            5.33 million
Fox              4.70 million
UNI             2.82 million
CW              1.38 million
TEL             1.07 million

WEEK’S TOP PRIMETIME PROGRAMS
(Live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49
1.   NFL Draft: Round 1-Thursday (ESPN), 4.6/15
2.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 3.8/13
2.  Game of Thrones (HBO)*, 3.4/10
4.  Modern Family (ABC), 2.9/9
5.  The Blacklist (NBC), 2.7/8
6.  24: Live Another Day (Fox), 2.6/8
7.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 2.5/9
7.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 2.5/7
9.  Survivor (CBS), 2.4/9
10.  NCIS (CBS), 2.3/8
10.  NBA Playoffs-Wed.: L.A. Clippers-Oklahoma City (TNT), 2.3/8
10.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 2.3/7
10.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 2.3/7
14.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 2.2/6
15.  Two and a Half Men (CBS), 2.1/6
15.  Family Guy (Fox), 2.1/7
17.  NBA Playoffs-Saturday: Miami-Brooklyn (ABC), 2.0/8
17.  NBA Playoffs-Monday: L.A. Clippers-Oklahoma City (TNT), 2.0/7
17.  2 Broke Girls (CBS), 2.0/7

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  NCIS (CBS), 15.88
2.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 14.42
3.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 14.11
4.  Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 13.12
5.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 11.78
6.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 11.00
7.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 10.72
8.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 10.52
9.  Person of Interest (CBS), 10.50
10.  The Blacklist (NBC), 10.47
11.  CSI (CBS), 10.01
12.  Survivor (CBS), 9.91
13.  Hawaii Five-o (CBS), 9.21
14.  Castle (ABC), 9.00
15.  The Millers (CBS), 8.96
16.  The Good Wife (CBS), 8.73
17.  The Mentalist (CBS), 8.64
18.  Modern Family (ABC), 8.55
19.  60 Minutes (CBS), 8.50
20.  Two and a Half Men (CBS), 8.35

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