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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending



The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Black TV Ratings for Week of April 9 - 15
Black viewers, 'Grey's Anatomy' keep ABC's 'Scandal' competitive on Thursdays

(April 17, 2012) ABC's newcomer "Scandal" is holding its own against the stiff prime time competition on Thursday nights. Thanks to the loyalty of Black viewers (who compose 23% of the show's 7.5 million overall audience) and a solid lead-in from "Grey's Anatomy," the political drama again took No.2 on the Top 25.

"Scandal" is also having an impact on the network race. The usual favorite CBS just barely finished the second week of April as the most watched network in Black homes, with 9.9 million watching 10 shows. ABC closely followed with 9.5 million for seven shows. Fox was third with 4.6 million across four programs.

The total number of viewers watching the Top 25 shows in Black households, according to Nielsen, was down 11% from the previous week to 27.9 million.

Top 25 Broadcast Shows in Black Households

 Rank | Program | Network | % AA Homes | % of AA | No. Viewers 2+

1

DANCING WITH THE STARS

ABC

10.8

5.3

1,996

2

SCANDAL

ABC

9.6

4.6

1,744

3

AMERICAN IDOL-WEDNESDAY

FOX

7.8

4.0

1,497

4

AMERICAN IDOL-THURSDAY

FOX

7.3

3.7

1,377

5

DANCING W/STARS RESULTS

ABC

7.2

3.5

1,299

6

CRIMINAL MINDS

CBS

7.0

3.3

1,253

7

BODY OF PROOF

ABC

6.7

3.1

1,154

8

SCANDAL SP-4/9

ABC

6.6

3.1

1,184

9

GREY'S ANATOMY

ABC

6.6

3.2

1,206

10

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

CBS

6.3

3.1

1,161

11

NCIS

CBS

5.7

2.7

1,010

12

NYC 22

CBS

5.7

2.9

1,095

13

CSI

CBS

5.6

2.6

978

14

VOICE

NBC

5.5

2.7

1,030

15

MISSING

ABC

5.4

2.6

960

16

LAW AND ORDER:SVU

NBC

5.3

2.5

934

17

VOICE:RESULTS SHOW

NBC

5.3

2.6

976

18

UNFORGETTABLE

CBS

5.3

2.7

1,018

19

THE GOOD WIFE

CBS

5.1

2.6

966

20

CLEVELAND SP 4/15 9:30P

FOX

4.8

2.4

895

21

PERSON OF INTEREST SP

CBS

4.8

2.3

871

22

TOUCH

FOX

4.6

2.3

871

23

HAWAII FIVE-0

CBS

4.5

2.2

814

24

BIGGEST LOSER 13

NBC

4.4

2.1

776

25

60 MINUTES

CBS

4.4

2.0

761

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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