‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Emerge as Top Dramas Among Live+7 Ratings

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‘Scandal’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Emerge as Top Dramas Among Live+7 Ratings

ABC claimed the most Top 10 playback gainers of any network for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 – more than CBS (3), Fox (1) and NBC (0) combined. ABC had 6 of the week’s 10 biggest TV playback gainers among young adults, including the Top 3 drama gainers: “Grey’s Anatomy” (+1.9 rating points) – #2, “Scandal” (+1.8 rating points) – #3, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (+1.5 rating points) – #4, with “Revenge” (+1.2 rating points), Once Upon a Time (+1.2 rating points) and “Resurrection” (+1.2 rating points) tied at #6.

“Revenge” catapulted 92% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating and scored its largest-ever percentage build. In fact, with a 2.5 Adult 18-49 rating in the final L+7 numbers, “Revenge” grew over its prior week telecast (+4%) to tie a 4-week high – since 3/16/14. In the Live + Same Day ratings, “Revenge” held even week to week. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” also earned its biggest playback increase yet, building 79% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating.

“Scandal” posted its largest playback lift ever, spiking +1.8 rating points this week over its L+SD Adult 18-49 number. In fact, growing to a 4.8 Adult 18-49 rating in the final L+7 numbers, “Scandal” shot up to its highest young adult rating since its mid-season return in February – since 2/27/14. In the L+SD ratings, “Scandal” was up 1-tenth of a rating point over the prior week with Adults 18-49. Additionally, the red-hot ABC drama posted its biggest-ever Total Viewer increase, growing by +4.2 million viewers over its L+SD tally.

In the final Live + 7 Day ratings, ABC’s “Scandal” (4.8 rating) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (4.5 rating) emerged as the Top 2 dramas of the week with Adults 18-49, finishing among the week’s Top 3 TV programs overall (beating both editions of NBC’s “The Voice”). “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (3.4) – #8, “Resurrection” (3.3) – #9 and “Once Upon a Time “(3.2) – #10 all shot up to the week’s Top 10 highest-rated broadcast shows in Adults 18-49, after ranking #18, #13 and #16, respectively, in the initial Live + Same Day numbers. In addition, for the 3rd straight week, “Resurrection” and Once Upon a Time finished as Sunday’s #1 and #2 broadcast shows in Adults 18-49, respectively.

Season-to-Date TV Playback (9/23/13-4/13/14):

Based on TV playback data for the 2013-14 season, ABC claims 5 of the Top 10 playback gainers among Adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks (the most of any net): “Modern Family” (+2.0 rating points) – #2, “Grey’s Anatomy” (+1.9 rating points) – #4, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (+1.6 rating points) and “Scandal” (+1.6 rating points) tie at #5 and “Resurrection” (+1.3 rating points) – #10. ABC owns 4 of the 10 biggest overall gainers on the broadcast networks (tied with CBS): “Modern Family” (+4.44 million) – #5, Castle (+4.40 million) – #6, Grey’s (+3.96 million) – #7 and “Scandal” (+3.93 million) – #8.

Nearly all of ABC’s returning series are seeing bigger percentage gains among Adults 18-49 from L+SD to L+7 this year than last: The Bachelor (+24% vs. +22%), Castle (+60% vs. +50%), Dancing with the Stars (+19% vs. +17%), “Grey’s Anatomy” (+70% vs. +55%), Last Man Standing (+46% vs. +33%), “Modern Family” (+56% vs. +53%), Nashville (+80% vs. +58%), The Neighbors (+33% vs. +17%), Once Upon a Time (+55% vs. +43%), “Revenge” (+63% vs. +48%), “Scandal” (+53% vs. +42%), “Shark Tank” (+30% vs. +21%) and Suburgatory (+25% vs. +23%).

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is Tuesday’s #1 scripted show this season with Adults 18-49 based on original telecasts, beating CBS’ “NCIS” (4.1 rating vs. 4.0 rating). Based on first-run telecasts in the L+7 Adult 18-49 ratings, ABC claims the season’s #1 scripted show on Tuesday (S.H.I.E.L.D. – 4.1), #1 show on Wednesday (“Modern Family” – 5.6), #1 dramas on Thursday (Grey’s and “Scandal” tied – 4.6), #1 show on Friday (“Shark Tank” – 2.6) and #1 broadcast series on Sunday (“Resurrection” – 4.0).

“Modern Family” is the season’s #2 scripted series among Adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks (5.6 rating).

Source: The Nielsen Company, as dated. Network averages based on all programming. Program rankers based on regular, original telecasts only.

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 BROADCAST SERIES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Source: Nielsen Media Research // 10/09/17 - 10/15/17
Sunday Night FootballNBC5.6016.16 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.6014.60 million
Football Nt. in America: Pt. 3NBC3.009.12 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS2.9013.14 million
This Is UsNBC2.8011.02 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.4010.91 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4011.09 million
Football Nt. in America: Pt. 2NBC2.306.98 million
60 MinutesCBS2.3013.34 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.108.08 million

TV WATCH TOP 10: 2017-18 SEASON AVERAGES

SeriesNet.A18-49Viewers
Sunday Night FootballNBC6.7719.04 million
Thursday Night FootballCBS4.7314.75 million
Young SheldonCBS3.8015.86 million
The Big Bang TheoryCBS3.2514.48 million
This Is UsNBC3.1811.42 million
The Voice (Mon.)NBC2.5010.72 million
The Voice (Tues.)NBC2.4010.62 million
Will & GraceNBC2.137.69 million
Grey's AnatomyABC2.178.07 million
The Good DoctorABC2.1010.86 million