Formed in January 2009, the ABC Entertainment Group develops and produces compelling programming for broadcast on ABC, as well as across television and digital platforms. The successful partnership between ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment has delivered some of the most successful, talked-about and evolutionary series on television today.
About ABC Entertainment Group:
Formed in 2009, the ABC Entertainment Group, comprised of ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, develops and produces compelling programming across all day parts for both national and international broadcast and digital platforms, as well as for national syndication. ABC Studios' current hits include "Army Wives" (Lifetime), "Castle," "Cougar Town" (TBS), "Criminal Minds" (CBS), "Grey's Anatomy," "Nashville," "Once Upon a Time," "Perception" (TNT), "Revenge" and "Scandal." The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy-winning "Modern Family" and comedy favorite "The Middle"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank" and long-running hit "Dancing with the Stars"; "General Hospital," which just celebrated its 50th anniversary on the network, along with daytime talk shows "The View," "Katie" and "The Chew"; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which successfully launched its new 11:35 p.m. time period earlier this year. The network also boasts some of television's most prestigious awards shows, including The Academy Awards®, the Country Music Awards, The American Music Awards and The Billboard Music Awards.
About ABC Studios:
ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across broadcast and emerging digital platforms. The studio is the key content provider for the ABC Entertainment Group, having produced multiple seasons of hit series, including "Scandal," "Once Upon a Time," "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Lost," "Castle" and "Revenge"; as well as "Army Wives" for Lifetime and "Criminal Minds" for CBS. These hit series have supplied the company's distribution pipelines worldwide with programming and related product lines. ABC Studios will continue to produce memorable television programming for the 2013-14 television season, including eight new series for ABC and the summer series "Mistresses"; along with "Perception" on TNT, "Cougar Town" on TBS, new drama "Devious Maids," premiering June 23 on Lifetime, and "Intelligence," premiering on CBS next season.
ABC finished the May 2011 Sweep a solid No. 2 among Adults 18-49, producing its most-watched May Sweep in three years. With five of the top fifteen TV series airing on ABC – including the No. 1 comedy "Modern Family" and No. 1 drama "Grey’s Anatomy" – the network is retaining 97% of its Adult 18-49 audience and generating solid gains among TV’s youngest viewers, Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11. "Dancing with the Stars" stands as the No. 3 TV show for the key month in Total Viewers, producing the ABC unscripted series’ most-watched season ever.
ABC.com’s Full Episode Player delivers a high-quality viewing experience to users and premium to advertisers, attracting a young, highly educated and loyal audience. In 2009, ABC.com launched a new short-form video player, which allows users to embed videos throughout the web, including their own blogs and third-party social networking sites. The ABC.com short-form player is home to over 2,000 pieces of content, including original webisodes, exclusive sneak peeks and interviews with the stars of ABC’s most popular series. ABC.com is available anytime, anywhere on mobile devices at m.abc.com.
Capitalizing on growing consumer demand for its franchises, ABC Entertainment Group continues to leverage the success of its hit programming into global business development opportunities, including merchandise licensing, home video, book publishing and music soundtracks.
In the DVD market, ABC has capitalized on increased consumer interest in episodic programming by launching box sets of its most popular series.
ABC continues to develop strategic partnerships in such emerging technology sectors as wireless, e-commerce, broadband and video-on-demand, delivering a broad range of content directly to fans, creating new revenue and marketing opportunities and furthering the relationship with its audience. In addition to making episodes available on ABC.com and Hulu, the network launched the critically acclaimed ABC Player iPad app, which provides users with easy access to episodes. Episodes from hit ABC series are also available for purchase through Apple’s iTunes Store and Xbox Live.
Source: The Nielsen Company, 2011 May Sweep = National Live + Same Day Program Ratings (4/28-5/25/11), unless stated otherwise. TV Season = National Most Current Program Ratings (9/20/10-5/25/11). Upscale data based on regular non-sports programming (9/20/10-5/22/11). Coviewing data based on all programming (9/20/10-5/22/11). DVR Playback Live + 7 Day based on original telecasts only (9/20/10-5/8/11).