The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an American television series from 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton. The show debuted on ABC Family on July 1, 2008. The teen drama focuses on the relationships between families and friends dealing with the unexpected teenage pregnancy of character Amy Juergens, portrayed by Shailene Woodley.
The Secret Life ranked number one with the network's key demographic in its debut time slot versus cable television shows. The show earned the Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Show during its premier season.
Season One will have a total of 23 episodes, split into two runs. The first run of 11 episodes ended September 9, 2008, and the second run is scheduled to begin in January 2009. The show has also been picked up by Canadian Broadcaster Citytv who started airing Season 1 in Canada on September 3, 2008.
The show follows a 15-year old girl Amy Juergens, who is smart, talented and pregnant. Additional intertwining story-lines follow Christian cheerleader Grace, who wants to wait until marriage to have sex much to the dismay of her boyfriend Jack; and Adrian and Ricky who have a casual relationship.
Despite the mixed reviews, The Secret Life received the highest premiere viewership ratings ever for an ABC Family original program. The pilot episode brought in 2.82 million viewers and a 0.9/3 share in the 18-49 year old demographic. The Secret Life also scored high in the female demographic, registering a 6.5/24 among female teenagers and a 3.1/11 among 12-34 year old females. The premiere only ranks behind the first season finale of Kyle XY in terms of viewers for an ABC Family program. Starting with the show's fifth episode, The Secret Life received higher total viewership ratings than any of The CW's Gossip Girl episodes.
Despite tough competition from the series premiere of 90210 on The CW, The Secret Life defeated the first hour of 90210 in viewers 12-34 and females 12-34, and brought in some of its best ratings for the series, in its mid-season finale episode. The mid-season one finale saw The Secret Life beating 90210 in all their key demographics and also in total viewers
Season One Weekly Ratings
|Episode #||Title||Air Date||18-49||Viewers||Reference(s)|
|1||"Falling in Love"||July 1, 2008||0.9/3||2.82|
|2||"You Are My Everything"||July 8, 2008||0.9/3||2.81|
|3||"I Feel Sick"||July 15, 2008||0.8/3||2.48|
|4||"Caught"||July 22, 2008||1.1/4||3.09|
|5||"What Have You Done to Me?"||July 29, 2008||1.2/4||3.58|
|6||"Love For Sale"||August 5, 2008||1.4/5||4.09|
|7||"Absent"||August 12, 2008||1.3/4||3.70|
|8||"Your Cheatin' Heart"||August 19, 2008||1.4/4||3.91|
|9||"Slice of Life"||August 26, 2008||1.3/4||3.65|
|10||"Back to School Special"||September 2, 2008||1.3/4||3.55|
|11||"Just Say No"||September 9, 2008||1.8/5||4.54|
|12||"The Secret Wedding of the American Teenager"||January 13, 2009||TBA||TBA|
|13||"Baked Nevada"||January 20, 2009||TBA|
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