For the third consecutive week ‘Scandal’ takes ABC to No.1 in Black TV Ratings

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Black TV Ratings for Week of March 17 – 23

It looks like all-out warfare between ABC and CBS for supremacy among the Black TV audience. For the third week in-a-row, “Scandal” has captured the No.1 spot and helped push ABC to most watched network status on the Top 25 chart of most popular shows in black households. Black viewers made up 41 percent of the political drama’s total audience of nine million.

For the second consecutive week, ABC beat out perennial winner, CBS, for the week’s most watched network title, with 11.7 million viewers across eight shows. CBS claimed 10.8 million for ten shows. NBC had 4.3 million for four programs.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 shows in black homes, according to Nielsen, was two percent above the previous week at 30.8 million.

Top 25 Broadcast Shows in Black Households

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

1 SCANDAL ABC 19.0 9.7 3,761
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 9.5 4.5 1,741
3 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 8.4 3.9 1,497
4 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 7.5 3.7 1,445
5 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 7.4 3.6 1,379
6 BLACKLIST NBC 7.0 3.6 1,394
7 VOICE NBC 6.7 3.3 1,280
8 VOICE-TUE NBC 6.5 3.3 1,276
9 RESURRECTION ABC 6.4 3.3 1,276
10 CSI CBS 6.3 3.1 1,215
11 NCIS CBS 6.2 2.8 1,066
12 AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY FOX 6.0 3.2 1,241
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 6.0 2.9 1,137
14 60 MINUTES CBS 6.0 2.7 1,029
15 20/20-FRI ABC 5.5 2.5 981
16 AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY FOX 5.5 3.1 1,193
17 THE MENTALIST CBS 5.4 2.6 991
18 CHICAGO PD NBC 5.4 2.6 1,000
19 LAW AND ORDER:SVU NBC 5.0 2.2 834
20 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 CBS 4.9 2.4 915
21 REVENGE ABC 4.9 2.3 899
22 THE GOOD WIFE CBS 4.7 2.2 852
23 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRFR2 CBS 4.6 2.2 836
24 CASTLE ABC 4.6 2.1 800
25 SHARK TANK ABC 4.3 2.2 843

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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