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ABC 2013-14 Season Ratings [updated 4/19/14]

abc-tv-shows-ratingsThe alphabet network hasn’t had much luck launching successful new shows. What’s more, a lot of their existing shows are down year-to-year. Thankfully, the execs can’t cancel everything.

ABC shows (so far): 20/20, 20/20 Saturday, America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Assets, The Bachelor, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Castle, Celebrity Wife Swap, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, The Great Christmas Light Fight, Grey’s Anatomy, Killer Women, Last Man Standing, Lucky 7, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Mind Games, Mixology, Modern Family, Nashville, The Neighbors, Nightline Prime, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Primetime: What Would You Do?, Resurrection, Revenge, Scandal, Shark Tank, Super Fun Night, The Taste and Trophy Wife.

There’s lots of data that ABC execs looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here’s an updated listing of all of their current primetime shows.

Note: If you’re not seeing the updated charts, please try reloading the page. You can also view them here and here.

Check the other networks’ season rankings: CBS | The CW | FOX | NBC

A couple of notes about these charts:
These figures are updated automatically as new ratings are released. The averages are based on the final national numbers (live plus same day viewing), unless marked with an asterisk (*). For technical reasons, I have to resort them manually so feel free to let me know if I missed something.

Keep in mind that the demo numbers are typically what’s most important to advertisers. Therefore, that’s how the networks measure success. Advertisers pay more for ad time on a show that has a higher demo rating. Because older viewers don’t count? No, it’s because younger viewers watch less traditional TV and are harder to reach.

Demo numbers are typically reported using the 10ths decimal place (2.4, for example). In the averages, I’m using an extra decimal for easier ranking.

The networks take into account when shows air on Fridays and Saturdays, nights when TV viewership is lower.

What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the ratings? Which shows should be doing better? Which one do you think will be cancelled next?


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KEVIN April 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm




sarah April 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

Bring back betrayal….it’s a great story. Had I known about it prior to this week I would have been a loyal watcher. Thanks to hulu. I was able to watch the whole season. Please bring it back.


Boys3 April 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Good Grief ABC! Scandal was one of the shows I never missed on your network! Even with DVR capability I had to see it minute by minute! The storyline & the cast meshed like no other. When I look @ the “reality” based shows that some if the networks are keeping & the shows they are canceling I see where the target is…..the young audience. What about those if us that enjoy following a storyline!? I do enjoy reality TV but that’s not to say I want to watch it non-stop! I’m in the “middle” age group & we enjoy the drama mystery or comedy. We can relax & get lost for that brief period of time before being snapped back into REALITY! Please keep Scandal!!!


sarah Horta April 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

Please bring back betrayal, I loved the show and can’t wait to see Jack and Sarah. it’s not fair ABC didn’t give the show a chance and didn’t even promote the show. If you don’t bring back Betrayal this will be the ultimate Betrayal from ABC network


Rick M. April 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Please people, Betrayal is gone for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was a ratings dog. Week after week it barely pulled in an audience. The acting was mediocre at best with two of the leads slipping back into their native accents every time the acting called for a little emotion. Not only do people not want to watch a show where two cheaters live happily ever after, but how would the Sarah and Jack characters live together with Jack’s son Vic trying to murder Sarah and blaming her for breaking up his parents. Affairs seldom work out anyway, try adding attempted homicide by your son/stepsonto the mix. And if you don’t realize it, you were already betrayed by the lame ass final scene in the finale. Did they really mean to try and pass off that ending as clever television entertainment? There is realistically no where for the story line to go unless they pull a Dallas and call the entire first season a “dream sequence”. Let it die from the massive sucking chest wound it deserves.


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