‘Shark Tank’ Draws Second Biggest Audience Ever, Helps ABC Capture Demo

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‘Shark Tank’ Draws Second Biggest Audience Ever, Helps ABC Capture Demo

The following are primetime ratings notes from ABC’s Friday line-up of “Last Man Standing,” “The Neighbors,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20” were released by the network this afternoon:

ABC won its fourth consecutive Friday in Adults 18-49, beating runner-up NBC’s all-original lineup by 23% (1.6/5 vs. 1.3/4). It was the Net’s 8th straight non-Olympic Friday night victory in the key young adult sales demo. ABC was also the Friday’s most-watched network overall (6.8 million).

ABC’s “Shark Tank” (2.0/7) and “20/20” (1.7/6) once again finished as the Top 2 TV shows on Friday in Adults 18-49. In Total Viewers, “20/20” (8.3 million) and “Shark Tank” (8.0 million) were also the night’s Top 2 most-watched shows overall. In fact, “20/20” tied a season high in Total Viewers and “Shark Tank” posted the series’ 2nd-biggest audience ever.

“20/20” continued to rank as the night’s #1 newsmagazine, outdelivering NBC’s “Dateline” in Total Viewers and key Adults (AD18-49/AD25-54).

“Last Man Standing”-R (8-8:30pm – 4.6 million and 0.9/4 in AD18-49): At 8pm, ABC’s repeat “Last Man Standing” grew over the prior week’s repeat by 13% in Adults 18-49.

“The Neighbors” (8:30-9pm – 3.8 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): In the 8:30pm half-hour, ABC’s “The Neighbors” was up 13% week to week in Adults 18-49.

“Shark Tank” (9-10pm – 8.0 million and 2.0/7 in AD18-49): More than doubling its lead-in at 9pm (+122%) in Adults 18-49, ABC’s “Shark Tank” beat out its closest competition in the hour by 33% (2.0/7 vs. 1.5/5 – NBC’s “Grimm”). The ABC unscripted series gained 7% week to week in Total Viewers for its 2nd-largest audience ever and grew 5% from its week-ago Fast Affiliate Adult 18-49 rating. Season to date, “Shark Tank” is up double digits in Total Viewers (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%) over the same point last year, on track for the series’ strongest season ever.

“20/20” (10-11pm – 8.3 million and 1.7/6 in AD18-49): For the 4th week in row, ABC’s “20/20” won the 10 o’clock hour in Adults 18-49 (1.7/6), nearly doubling NBC’s “Hannibal” (+88% – 0.9/3). The ABC newsmagazine was also the most-watched show overall in the slot and won the hour for the 4th straight week in the key Adult 25-54 news demo. “20/20” featured exclusive reporting on a cold case murder that the ABC newsmagazine put back in the spotlight five years ago, leading to a bombshell decision in court just this week. “20/20” was up week to week by 17% in Total Viewers to match a season best performance. Building year to year in Total Viewers (+20%), Adults 18-49 (+7%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%), “20/20” is trending to deliver its most-watched season in 4 years – since the 2009-10 season.

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