ABC 2012-13 Ratings Averages [as of Week 21]

abc-tv-shows-ratingsBelow are the ABC TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 21 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, February 17, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.

Week-to-week gains: Scandal, The Bachelor, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and 20/20.
Week-to-week losses: Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, The Middle, Revenge, Suburgatory, Nashville, The Neighbors, Castle, Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, Shark Tank, and The Taste.
New: Zero Hour.

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ABC Scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Modern Family 4.5 (4.53) 11.69 season 4 ratings
Grey’s Anatomy 3.2 (3.20) 9.26 season 9 ratings
Once Upon a Time 3.0 (3.02) 9.07 season 2 ratings
The Middle 2.4 (2.44) 8.35 season 4 ratings
Suburgatory 2.4 (2.38) 6.46 season 2 ratings
Revenge 2.4 (2.36) 7.41 season 2 ratings
Scandal 2.3 (2.33) 7.03 season 2 ratings
Nashville 2.0 (1.98) 6.20 season 1 ratings
The Neighbors 2.0 (1.96) 6.44 season 1 ratings
Castle 2.0 (1.96) 9.76 season 4 ratings
666 Park Avenue (cancelled) 1.5 (1.51) 4.66 season 1 ratings
Last Man Standing 1.5 (1.50) 6.96 season 2 ratings
Malibu Country 1.4 (1.44) 6.48 season 1 ratings
Zero Hour 1.4 (1.40) 6.38 season 1 ratings
Last Resort (cancelled) 1.4 (1.38) 6.26 season 1 ratings
Private Practice (last season) 1.3 (1.33) 4.64 season 6 ratings
Happy Endings 1.3 (1.27) 3.49 season 3 ratings
Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 (cancelled) 1.1 (1.10) 2.85 season 2 ratings
ABC non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
The Bachelor 2.5 (2.51) 7.73 cycle 17 ratings
Dancing with the Stars (fall) 2.3 (2.29) 13.87 cycle 15 ratings
Dancing with the Stars (fall, results) 2.2 (2.16) 12.92 cycle 15 ratings
Shark Tank 1.9 (1.86) 6.59 season 4 ratings
The Taste 1.8 (1.75) 5.13 season 1 ratings
Primetime 1.5 (1.50) 4.72 season 24 ratings
America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.5 (1.49) 6.49 season 23 ratings
20/20 1.4 (1.44) 5.23 season 35 ratings

These charts incorporate the daily final ABC show ratings (reported by Nielsen) and are sorted by the 18-49 demographic. Network advertisers typically prize those viewers most and so will pay more to reach them. There’s lots of information that the networks take into consideration when cancelling or renewing a TV series but the ratings are the biggest factor. The higher the ratings, the better chance that the show will be renewed. And yes, they take it into account when a show airs on a Friday or Saturday night.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the averages? Which show(s) do you feel should be doing better or worse, based on their quality? Comment below.

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  1. Rubye says

    WHERE IS SCANDAL? I have been seeing repeats; I want to see the real episodes of new series. When will it commence again? We are waiting!!!!!! We need to know so that we can all write in and let you all know at ABC that we are THRILLED with the show SCANDAL!!! The characters are wonderful and I love the pace of the episodes. I am always waiting for something different, and you always seem to make that happen! Now make it happen, so that we can get back on schedule with SCANDAL, PLEASE!!!!!!

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