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ABC streaks, morning and night

“Good Morning America’s” win streak ran to 21 weeks during Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings for March 29 to April 2, while “Nightline” has its own tear going in late night with eight consecutive first-place finishes.

Daytime ratings were somewhat depressed compared to the prior week, but that didn’t prevent CBS from notching its 213th straight win with a 5.3 rating, 21 share for the week to ABC’s 4.9/18 and NBC’s 2.6/10.

ABC led as usual among women age 18-49 with a 3.8 rating to CBS’ 2.9 and NBC’s 1.6.

NBC has already announced several scheduling changes to try and improve its daytime fortunes starting in June, when it will replace the low-rated gameshows “Scrabble,””Scattergories” and “Family Secrets” with the one-hour Paramount series “John & Leeza” and the new gameshow “Caesars Challenge.”

“GMA” echoed the prior week’s figures with a 4.7/19 to “Today’s” 4.2/17 and a 3.1/13 for “CBS This Morning.” The ABC breakfastcast was also first among adults 18-49 with a 2.1 rating, to NBC’s 1.9 and CBS’ 1.0.

“Nightline” posted a 5.4/16 for the week, again topping “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (5.0/15 from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, 4.6/15 overall) in their common half-hour. Both averages are for four days, excluding March 29, when ABC aired the Academy Awards. “Nightline” drew a 5.3/26 starting at 1 a.m. the night of the Oscars.

CBS’ “Crime Time” shows averaged a 2.8/10 for the week.

With CBS again suffering preemptions due to basketball, meanwhile, the Fox Children’s Network narrowly edged ABC in the Saturday-morning race with a 6.5 to 6.4 average rating edge among children 2-11 and a rare household win, with a 3.6 /13 to ABC’s 3.5/13 and a 3.0/11 for the Eye network. CBS averaged a 5.5 among kids, a demographic in which Fox has now ranked first nine of the last 13 weeks. CBS averaged a 12.7/28 from 5:30-8 p.m. (ET) with its opening NCAA Final Four game on April 2 to lead weekend sports coverage. Net also drew an OK 5.5/14 with the women’s championship April 3, actually drawing a better rating than NBC’s same-day NBA basketball telecast (5.1/15).

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