Univision and ABC Top Week in Young Adults as Summer Wraps

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.


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

(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

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