ABC 2012-13 Ratings Averages [as of Week 23]

ABC TV shows ratingsBelow are the ABC TV show ratings averages as of the end of week 23 of the 2012-13 season (Sunday, March 3, 2013). Ratings are typically the best way to tell if a show will be cancelled or renewed.

Week-to-week gains: Castle, Last Man Standing, The Bachelor and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Week-to-week losses: Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, The Middle, Suburgatory, Nashville, The Neighbors, Malibu Country, Zero Hour, Body of Proof, and The Taste.
New this week: Celebrity Wife Swap and Red Widow.

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ABC Scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Modern Family 4.5 (4.46) 11.55 season 4 ratings
Grey’s Anatomy 3.2 (3.19) 9.23 season 9 ratings
Once Upon a Time 3.0 (2.97) 8.95 season 2 ratings
The Middle 2.4 (2.41) 8.33 season 4 ratings
Revenge 2.4 (2.36) 7.41 season 2 ratings
Scandal 2.4 (2.35) 7.07 season 2 ratings
Suburgatory 2.3 (2.34) 6.39 season 2 ratings
Castle 2.0 (2.01) 9.83 season 4 ratings
Nashville 2.0 (1.96) 6.13 season 1 ratings
The Neighbors 1.9 (1.94) 6.41 season 1 ratings
666 Park Avenue (cancelled) 1.5 (1.51) 4.66 season 1 ratings
Red Widow 1.5 (1.50) 7.13 season 1 ratings
Last Man Standing 1.5 (1.49) 6.90 season 2 ratings
Malibu Country 1.4 (1.41) 6.37 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
Body of Proof 1.2 (1.20) 6.56 season 3 ratings
Zero Hour (cancelled) 1.2 (1.17) 5.61 season 1 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 2.6 (2.61) 8.07 cycle 17 ratings
Celebrity Wife Swap 2.4 (2.40) 7.05 season 2 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 1.7 (1.67) 4.90 season 1 ratings
Primetime 1.5 (1.50) 4.72 season 24 ratings
America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.5 (1.49) 6.50 season 23 ratings
20/20 1.4 (1.44) 5.26 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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3 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Deborah says

    Just when I was getting into Zero Hour it disappears. Do you guys not know quality TV?
    Dump the trashy shows and those stupid reality shows. People with IQ’s are looking for something intellectually stimulating.

  2. Kristen says

    I am so sad. I started thinking about the past 5 years of television and the shows that got me excited that were just gone one day. All of them ABC???? Not sure how they do their ratings but something is very wrong?!?!?!?!?! Advertise better and get a better system to know who is DVRing!

  3. Sherika Middlebrooks says

    I think Zero Hour was a great show, I don’t think cancelling was the right way to go. The show is a smart show I think ABC should have considered a different time slot. I was just starting to appreciate the story.

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