ABC had another good week in Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings for May 31 to June 4, winning in early morning and late night while again finishing within a tenth of CBS in the daytime derby.
In daytime, CBS edged ABC for its 222nd consecutive week in households, with a 5.4 rating, 20 share to ABC’s 5.3/19, but the Alphabet web blackened the Eye among the key sales demographic of women 18-49, with a 4.5 rating to CBS’ 3.1. NBC, which experienced preemptions May 31 due to tennis coverage on Memorial Day , averaged a 2.9/10 overall and 1.9 among that women’s demo.
ABC’s “All My Children” (7.7/25) is leading the charge, helping the network rank first in households for its daytime drama lineup (6.2 to CBS’ 6.1) for the first time in more than three years — since the week of Feb. 12, 1990. “Children” ranked first among younger women and second in households behind CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” (8.2/29).
“Good Morning America” ran its win streak to 30 weeks with a 4.3/20, compared to a 3.8/18 for “Today” and “CBS This Morning’s” 2.8/13. ABC also led among adults 18-49, with a 1.8 rating to NBC’s 1.7 and a 0.9 for CBS.
“Nightline” averaged a 5.7/15 to lead late night for the second straight week. “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” delayed on four nights due to NBA playoff overruns, averaged a 4.0/15 overall, with CBS’ “Crime Time” shows shooting down a 3.0/10.
The Fox Children’s Network continued its dominance in Saturday morning, where it’s been first among kids age 2-11 for 17 of the past 22 weeks. By that standard, Fox averaged a 5.7 rating, compared to CBS’ 4.4 and a 4.3 for ABC. In households, it was Fox (3.0/12), ABC (2.9/11) and CBS (2.6/10) from 8 a.m. to noon, the four hours Fox programs. NBC’s NBA playoff game last Saturday sank a 10.6/28, more than twice as high as any other weekend sports program on ABC or CBS.