ABC’s ‘Line’ strikes summer ratings gold

Carey-hosted show grabs 7.6 rating, 13 share

ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?”

The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in homes, 6.4/20 in adults 18-49) and 100% of its 18-49 lead-in.

Those are colossal improvements over slot regular “Ellen,” which has settled for average retentions this summer of 72% in homes and 70% in adults 18-49. These are ABC’s best retentions in that post-“Carey” slot since July 2, 1997.

The strong “Whose Line” premiere comes one night after ABC’s best summer-series launch in seven years, “Maximum Bob.” Fox has also found firstrun magic this summer with Tuesday’s “Guinness World Records.”

The night’s results marked the end of the July sweeps, won by CBS in homes and NBC in adults 18-49.

Each household rating point represents an estimated 980,000 homes, or 1% of the country’s TV households. Each adults 18-49 rating point reps 1.23 million viewers, 1% of the U.S. total. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it’s measured against only the homes or viewers watching TV during the timeslot involved.

More TV

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • Anthony Anderson

    Anthony Anderson Under Criminal Investigation, Disputes Woman's Claims of Assault

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' Renewed for

    'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • Frances McDormand Oscar theft

    Amazon Showrunners Panel: Frances McDormand Will Star as God in 'Good Omens'

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • Amazon Studios SDCC Roundup: Teaser Trailers,

    Amazon Studios SDCC Roundup: Teaser Trailers, Casting, Release Dates

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' TV Reboot in Development From Joss Whedon, Monica Owusu-Breen

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

  • Iron Fist

    TV News Roundup: Marvel's 'Iron Fist' Gets Season 2 Premiere Date on Netflix

    ABC has come up with primetime’s latest firstrun summer success, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” The Drew Carey-hosted adaptation of a British gameshow premiered Wednesday night with a 7.6 rating, 13 share in homes and a 6.4/18 in adults 18-49, repping retentions of 97% of its households lead-in from “The Drew Carey Show” (7.8/14 in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content