ABC’s ‘Scandal’ takes the No.1 spot on Top 25 Black TV Ratings chart

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Katie Lowes, Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, and Bellamy Young of Scandal pose in the press room with the award for outstanding drama series at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)

 

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 3 – 9

 

Without having to compete as it did last week with The Oscars, ABC’s hit political drama, Scandal, easily took the No.1 spot on the Top 25 chart of most popular shows in Black homes. Its 3.2 million viewers was the week’s largest Black audience for any broadcast or cable show, and represented nearly 18 percent of all Black households.

CBS continued to be the most watched network in Black homes, with 14 million viewers across 12 shows on the Top 25. ABC had 8.7 million for five of its programs, NBC hooked 4.6 million for four shows, and Fox managed only 3.3 million for three prime time favorites.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 during the first week of March, according to Nielsen, was down 13 percent to 32.3 million.

Top 25 Broadcast Shows in Black Households

Rank | Program | Network | % AA Homes | % of AA P2+ | No. of Viewers (000)

1

SCANDAL ABC

17.9

8.5

3,283

2

RESURRECTION ABC

9.0

4.6

1,764

3

GREY’S ANATOMY ABC

8.6

3.9

1,502

4

PERSON OF INTEREST CBS

7.5

3.6

1,393

5

NCIS CBS

7.1

3.4

1,308

6

NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS

7.1

3.4

1,300

7

VOICE NBC

7.0

4.1

1,588

8

20/20-FRI ABC

6.6

3.0

1,164

9

VOICE-TUE NBC

6.5

3.2

1,249

10

BLUE BLOODS CBS

6.4

3.2

1,239

11

CRIMINAL MINDS CBS

6.3

3.3

1,276

12

HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS

6.2

3.1

1,189

13

BLACKLIST NBC

6.1

3.2

1,254

14

CSI CBS

6.1

3.0

1,173

15

AMERICAN IDOL-WED FOX

6.0

3.3

1,259

16

AMERICAN IDOL-THURS FOX

6.0

2.8

1,099

17

LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC

5.8

2.8

1,093

18

THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS

5.8

3.2

1,227

19

THE MENTALIST CBS

5.6

2.6

1,008

20

CHICAGO PD NBC

5.5

2.7

1,050

21

REVENGE ABC

5.5

2.8

1,068

22

UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS

5.4

2.7

1,040

23

60 MINUTES CBS

5.1

2.6

997

24

THE GOOD WIFE CBS

5.1

2.3

897

25

ALMOST HUMAN FOX

4.7

2.5

958

Source: The Nielsen Co. Number of viewers ages 2+ shown in thousands (1,000 = 1 million). Rankings are based on share of black households. Representing more than 13.45 million television households in the U.S., the African-American television audience is the largest minority segment in Nielsen’s measurement samples. All times eastern.

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