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ABC nabs early ayem, late night ratings win

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.

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