ABC Ratings Race: Last Resort or 666 Park Avenue? Which is Doing Worse?

In the near future, ABC is expected to make a decision about the future of 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, their new hour dramas.

Both TV series had some decent buzz behind them before they debuted but that seems to have evaporated pretty quickly when it came time for people to actually watch the shows. ABC has ordered two additional scripts for each but haven’t asked that any more episodes be put into production. That’s understandable when you look at their ratings.

If you were in charge over at ABC, what would you do? Order some more episodes of one or the other, cancel both or give each some more time? Comment below.

Here are the season averages as of Thursday, November 1, 2012:

ABC Scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Modern Family 4.8 (4.83) 12.38 season 4 ratings
Grey’s Anatomy 3.7 (3.65) 10.25 season 9 ratings
Once Upon a Time 3.4 (3.40) 10.08 season 2 ratings
Revenge 2.8 (2.78) 8.65 season 2 ratings
Suburgatory 2.6 (2.63) 7.08 season 2 ratings
The Middle 2.6 (2.58) 8.52 season 4 ratings
The Neighbors 2.2 (2.15) 6.87 season 1 ratings
Nashville 2.2 (2.15) 6.99 season 1 ratings
Castle 2.1 (2.08) 10.64 season 4 ratings
Scandal 2.0 (2.00) 6.14 season 2 ratings
Last Resort 1.7 (1.74) 7.56 season 1 ratings
666 Park Avenue 1.7 (1.72) 5.23 season 1 ratings
Private Practice (last season) 1.6 (1.63) 5.76 season 6 ratings
Happy Endings 1.6 (1.60) 4.94 season 3 ratings
Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23 1.5 (1.45) 3.73 season 2 ratings
ABC non-scripted
TV shows
18-49 demo
rating (actual)
in millions
Dancing with the Stars 2.3 (2.27) 13.48 cycle 15 ratings
Dancing with the Stars (results) 2.1 (2.08) 12.41 cycle 15 ratings
Shark Tank 1.8 (1.76) 6.42 season 4 ratings
Primetime 1.5 (1.50) 4.72 season 24 ratings
20/20 1.4 (1.42) 5.30 season 35 ratings
America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.4 (1.38) 5.89 season 23 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.

For the status of your favorite ABC shows, check out this page.

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