ABC Saturday Movie of the Week

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ABC Saturday Movie of the Week
Genre Anthology
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 178
Production
Running time 120 minutes+
Release
Original network ABC
Picture format 480i (SD), 720p (HD)
Audio format 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release February 21, 2004 (2004-02-21) – present
Chronology
Related shows Wonderful World of Disney

ABC Saturday Movie of the Week is a weekly American anthology series that airs on ABC. The series began as the replacement for ABC's Big Picture Show and as a revival of ABC's Movie of the Week theme (the network used this theme from 1969 until 1976). Since its inception, it has been ABC's main platform for airing theatrical movies, although other movies air as part of the movie of the week format during the holiday season and as special presentations. As such, ABC airs a movie on every night of the week at some point during the television season styled as [Insert Day] Movie of the Week.

Overview[edit]

Beginning in 2009, with the December 2008 cancellation of Wonderful World of Disney, ABC Saturday Movie of the Week has become ABC's main platform for all movies. Currently the title is used solely for internal scheduling purposes; either a short promotional piece listing the film coming up or a direct cut to a disclaimer that the film has been formatted to broadcast television presentation precedes the aired film.

Among the films which ABC has broadcast rights to are a package of DreamWorks films, ironic given that ABC's parent Disney once employed the studio's co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, who fell out of favor with Disney just before joining DreamWorks. The lone permanent annual airing of any film in the series is that of The Ten Commandments, which has aired on ABC since 1973 and airs in an extended time slot each year in the vicinity of Easter; the film is also generally the most watched film of the series each year.

Currently, each season usually begins in December, as Saturday Night Football airs on ABC almost every Saturday night in September, October, and November.

The ABC Saturday Night Movie/ABC Family Movie/Big Picture Show (1990 to 2003)[edit]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of ABC Saturday Movie of the Week on ABC:

Season Episodes Timeslot (ET) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 10 Saturday 8:00 PM February 21, 2004 August 14, 2004 2003-2004 #123[1] 6.21
2 17 September 25, 2004 August 27, 2005 2004-2005 #107[2] 6.41
3 38 September 17, 2005 August 26, 2006 2005-2006 #126[3] 5.74
4 35 October 21, 2006 August 25, 2007 2006-2007 #180[4] 5.12
5 23 December 8, 2007 August 23, 2008 2007-2008 #160[5] 4.69
6 21 December 13, 2008 August 29, 2009 2008-2009 #149[6] 3.80
7 18 December 12, 2009 August 28, 2010 2009-2010 #119[7] 3.55
8 23 December 11, 2010 August 20, 2011 2010-2011 #170[8] 3.53
9 15 December 24, 2011 August 18, 2012 2011-2012 #156[9] 3.46
10 12 December 15, 2012 August 17, 2013 2012-2013 #150[10] 2.76
11 14 December 28, 2013 August 16, 2014 2013-2014 TBD TBD
12 15 December 13, 2014 August 29, 2015 2014-2015 TBD TBD
13 15 December 12, 2015 October 8, 2016 2015-2016 TBD TBD

Weekly ratings, Season 1[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 Cast Away February 21, 2004 4.45
2 Forrest Gump February 28, 2004 2.12
3 Frequency March 6, 2004 4.65
4 Dr. Dolittle March 13, 2004 7.01
5 Tarzan March 20, 2004 8.45
6 The Emperor's New Groove April 3, 2004 2.41
7 The Mummy Returns April 17, 2004 21.42
8 Almost Famous April 24, 2004 3.67
9 Remember the Titans May 1, 2004 8.56
10 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone May 15, 2004 6.10
11 The Fast and the Furious May 22, 2004 8.56
12 Field of Dreams June 12, 2004 9.34
13 Patch Adams 34.67
14 A.I. Artificial Intelligence June 26, 2004 34.66
15 The Legend of Bagger Vance July 3, 2004 3.09
16 Princess of Thieves July 10, 2004 9.21
17 The Miracle Worker July 17, 2004 7.56
18 Unbreakable July 24, 2004 8.90
19 October Sky July 31, 2004 7.45
20 Mystic Pizza August 7, 2004 4.23
21 The Kid August 14, 2004 89.43
22 The Road to El Dorado August 21, 2004 45.65
23 Dinosaur September 4, 2004 89.56

Weekly ratings, Season 2[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 Cast Away September 25, 2004 90.34
2 Liar Liar October 9, 2004 89.45
3 Monsters, Inc. October 30, 2004 45.32
4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Apprentice November 13, 2004 57.67
5 The Rookie November 20, 2004 21.05
6 Remember the Titans December 18, 2004 43.89

Weekly ratings, Season 3[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 Armageddon September 17, 2005 5.21
2 Catch Me If You Can September 24, 2005 23.19
3 Air Force One October 22, 2005 4.21
4 Monsters, Inc. October 29, 2005 6.23
5 Catch Me If You Can November 5, 2005 5.04
6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets November 19, 2005 6.03
7 How the Grinch Stole Christmas December 10, 2005 5.21
8 The Sound of Music December 17, 2005 9.56
9 Snow Dogs December 31, 2005 93.67
10 Enemy of the State January 21, 2006 2.08
11 Road to Perdition January 28, 2006 5.67
12 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone February 4, 2006 4.32
13 The Green Mile February 11, 2006 4.12
15 Cast Away February 18, 2006 6.08
16 Forrest Gump February 25, 2006 5.34
17 A Beautiful Mind March 4, 2006 6.09
18 What Lies Beneath March 11, 2006 7.34
19 The Sixth Sense March 18, 2006 12.45
20 Signs March 25, 2006 4.67
21 The Ring April 1, 2006 4.02
22 Minority Report April 8, 2006 7.23
23 The Ten Commandments April 15, 2006 3.04
24 Pretty Woman April 22, 2006 4.32
25 Pearl Harbor April 29, 2006 2.56
26 Seabiscuit May 6, 2006 23.17
27 Remember the Titans May 20, 2006 67.12
28 Enemy of the State May 27, 2006 5.43
29 Toy Story June 3, 2006 7.04
30 Toy Story 2 June 10, 2006 65.12
31 Lady and the Tramp June 17, 2006 6.15
32 A Bug's Life June 24, 2006 12.60
33 Lilo & Stitch July 1, 2006 5.06
34 The Princess Diaries July 8, 2006 45.12
35 Unbreakable July 15, 2006 9.21
36 The Rookie July 22, 2006 9.71
37 Coyote Ugly August 12, 2006 3.13
38 Cast Away August 19, 2006 4.09
39 Pearl Harbor August 26, 2006 4.32

Weekly ratings, Season 4[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets October 21, 2006 4.71
2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban October 28, 2006 6.16
3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas December 9, 2006 6.99
4 Finding Nemo December 16, 2006 3.12
5 The Sound of Music December 23, 2006 8.34
6 The Terminal January 13, 2007 6.07
7 Seabiscuit January 20, 2007 6.02
8 Catch Me If You Can January 27, 2007 6.45
9 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy February 3, 2007 4.64
10 Bringing Down the House February 10, 2007 6.11
11 Cast Away February 17, 2007 5.20
12 Forrest Gump February 24, 2007 5.87
13 Head of State March 3, 2007 3.79
14 The Sixth Sense March 10, 2007 5.40
15 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde March 17, 2007 5.26
16 Coyote Ugly March 24, 2007 4.13
17 The Rookie March 31, 2007 4.40
18 The Ten Commandments April 7, 2007 7.87
19 Shark Tale April 14, 2007 5.24
20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone April 21, 2007 4.16
21 Pearl Harbor April 28, 2007 4.15
22 Meet the Fockers May 5, 2007 6.41
23 The Pacifier May 19, 2007 6.07
24 Minority Report June 2, 2007 2.71
25 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl June 16, 2007 9.45
26 Finding Nemo June 23, 2007 56.32
27 The Haunted Mansion June 30, 2007 8.56
28 Monsters, Inc. July 7, 2007 98.54
29 Freaky Friday July 14, 2007 3.09
30 The Princess Diaries July 21, 2007 23.01
31 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement July 28, 2007 02.15
32 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen August 4, 2007 45.21
33 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle August 11, 2007 3.80
34 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! August 18, 2007 3.27
35 The Cat in the Hat August 25, 2007 3.99

Weekly ratings, Season 5[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 How the Grinch Stole Christmas December 8, 2007 7.01
2 Surviving Christmas December 15, 2007 4.86
3 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events December 22, 2007 4.41
4 Pearl Harbor January 12, 2008 4.57
5 The Terminal January 19, 2008 5.09
6 Pretty Woman January 26, 2008 5.38
7 War of the Worlds February 2, 2008 5.71
8 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory February 9, 2008 6.56
9 Miracle February 16, 2008 3.96
10 Forrest Gump February 23, 2008 4.67
11 Old School March 1, 2008 3.68
12 Road to Perdition March 8, 2008 4.24
13 The Ten Commandments March 22, 2008 7.91
14 Catch Me If You Can March 29, 2008 5.38
15 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone April 5, 2008 3.82
16 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets April 12, 2008 3.84
17 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban April 19, 2008 3.95
18 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire April 26, 2008 4.62
19 Hitch May 17, 2008 3.82
20 The Rookie May 31, 2008 4.23
21 Shark Tale August 9, 2008 3.22
22 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde August 16, 2008 3.33
23 Madagascar August 23, 2008 3.67

Weekly ratings, Season 6[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 Surviving Christmas December 13, 2008 4.83
2 The Cat in the Hat December 20, 2008 4.10
3 Miracle December 27, 2008 3.06
4 Sleepless in Seattle January 3, 2009 3.94
5 The Pacifier January 17, 2009 4.95
6 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy January 31, 2009 2.86
7 Hitch February 21, 2009 4.05
8 Bewitched February 28, 2009 3.54
9 Just Like Heaven March 28, 2009 5.12
10 Yours, Mine and Ours April 4, 2009 3.60
11 The Ten Commandments April 11, 2009 6.81
12 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone April 18, 2009 3.58
13 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets April 25, 2009 3.22
14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban May 2, 2009 3.45
15 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire May 16, 2009 3.52
16 The Haunted Mansion June 13, 2009 2.75
17 Red Eye August 1, 2009 3.19
18 Finding Nemo August 8, 2009 3.12
19 Shark Tale August 15, 2009 3.61
20 War of the Worlds August 22, 2009 3.98
21 Flightplan August 29, 2009 3.99

Weekly ratings, Season 7[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Viewers (m)
1 The Polar Express December 12, 2009 4.02
2 The Santa Clause 2 December 19, 2009 4.66
3 Shrek 2 December 26, 2009 4.55
4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone February 6, 2010 3.75
5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets February 13, 2010 2.33
6 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban February 20, 2010 2.50
7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix February 27, 2010 3.89
8 The Ten Commandments April 3, 2010 5.88
9 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy April 10, 2010 2.77
10 Shark Tale April 17, 2010 3.57
11 Norbit April 24, 2010 3.16
12 Meet the Fockers May 1, 2010 4.24
13 Just Like Heaven May 15, 2010 3.64
14 She's the Man June 19, 2010 2.45
15 The Game Plan July 24, 2010 2.93
16 Flightplan July 31, 2010 2.75
17 Red Eye August 7, 2010 2.91
18 Meet the Fockers August 28, 2010 4.47

Weekly ratings, Season 8[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe December 11, 2010 3.77
2 Madagascar December 18, 2010 3.79
3 Transformers December 25, 2010 6.09
4 Blades of Glory January 22, 2011 2.62
5 Dreamgirls January 29, 2011 3.34
6 Shrek the Third February 5, 2011 4.76
7 Hairspray February 12, 2011 2.68
8 Over the Hedge February 19, 2011 3.85
9 The Pursuit of Happyness February 26, 2011 3.72
10 King Kong March 5, 2011 5.67
11 Norbit March 19, 2011 3.15
12 Transformers April 2, 2011 4.90
13 War of the Worlds April 9, 2011 3.47
14 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest April 16, 2011 3.16
15 The Ten Commandments April 23, 2011 6.74
16 Batman Begins April 30, 2011 3.54
17 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End May 14, 2011 4.03
18 Spider-Man 3 May 21, 2011 2.78
19 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone July 23, 2011 3.28
20 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets July 30, 2011 2.57
21 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire August 6, 2011 2.57
22 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix August 13, 2011 3.69
23 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension August 20, 2011 3.69

Weekly ratings, Season 9[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 The Sound of Music December 24, 2011 3.81
2 Over the Hedge January 21, 2012 3.44
3 Blades of Glory January 28, 2012 2.80
4 Transformers February 4, 2012 3.24
5 Wild Hogs February 18, 2012 3.26
6 The Devil Wears Prada February 25, 2012 3.49
7 The Ten Commandments April 7, 2012 6.90
8 The Blind Side April 28, 2012 6.03
9 Hancock May 5, 2012 5.15
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End May 12, 2012 3.83
11 Spider-Man 3 May 19, 2012 3.05
12 Cars June 16, 2012 9.10
13 Norbit August 4, 2012 2.97
14 The Game Plan August 11, 2012 2.93
15 The Devil Wears Prada August 18, 2012 2.53

Weekly ratings, Season 10[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 Transformers December 15, 2012 3.06
2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire December 29, 2012 3.39
3 Blades of Glory January 19, 2013 2.93
4 War of the Worlds February 2, 2013 3.11
5 Despicable Me February 9, 2013 6.16
6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets February 16, 2013 3.23
7 Dreamgirls February 23, 2013 2.96
8 The Ten Commandments March 30, 2013 7.17
9 Over the Hedge April 27, 2013 3.29
10 The Game Plan July 20, 2013 2.75
11 Norbit July 27, 2013 2.62
12 Mamma Mia August 17, 2013 4.44

Weekly ratings, Season 11[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 Just Go with It December 28, 2013 3.92
2 Over the Hedge January 4, 2014 2.79
3 Hancock January 18, 2014 2.92
4 Flushed Away January 25, 2014 3.38
5 Blades of Glory February 1, 2014 2.86
6 The Pursuit of Happyness February 8, 2014 3.09
7 Dreamgirls February 15, 2014 2.92
8 Shrek the Third February 22, 2014 4.14
9 The Social Network March 1, 2014 5.55
10 Barnyard March 8, 2014 8.94
11 The Ten Commandments April 19, 2014 6.54
12 Despicable Me April 26, 2014 3.51
13 Transformers May 3, 2014 4.76
14 Spider-Man 2.1 May 17, 2014 2.23
15 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets August 16, 2014 3.34

Weekly ratings, Season 12[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 Limitless December 13, 2014 6.34
2 Norbit December 27, 2014 3.44
3 Hairspray January 3, 2015 5.44
4 Just Go with It January 17, 2015 5.11
5 Mirror Mirror January 24, 2015 6.04
6 Despicable Me January 31, 2015 4.14
7 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone February 7, 2015 3.75
8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets February 14, 2015 4.85
9 The Social Network February 21, 2015 4.67
10 Toy Story 3 April 25, 2015 5.10
11 Shrek the Third May 2, 2015 5.27
12 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets July 18, 2015 2.34
13 Cars August 29, 2015 3.34
14 Barnyard November 7, 2015 78.09

Weekly ratings, Season 13[edit]

Episode # Title Airdate Viewers (m)
1 Mary Poppins December 12, 2015 6.49
2 The Social Network January 16, 2016 4.14
3 The Simpsons Movie March 19, 2016 8.21
4 The Ten Commandments March 26, 2016 7.14
5 Mirror Mirror April 2, 2016 5.16
6 Aladdin April 9, 2016 3.12
7 Monsters University April 23, 2016 6.18
8 The Blind Side May 14, 2016 4.09
9 Toy Story May 21, 2016 9.95
10 Ice Age June 11, 2016 8.23
11 The Muppets August 27, 2016 9.99
12 Back to the Future September 17, 2016 6.02
13 Aquamarine September 24, 2016 3.22
14 Cars 2 October 1st, 2016 5.10
15 Back to the Future Part II October 8, 2016 09.43

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