Daytime gap less between CBS, ABC

ABC solidified its morning lead in Nielsen fringe ratings for the week of Feb. 8-12 and continued to narrow the gap with daytime leader CBS, which nonetheless ran its win streak to 206 weeks.

“Nightline,” meanwhile, edged “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in their common half-hour, and the Fox Children’s Network proved its recent Saturday-morning success was no fluke, again ranking first among both households and children ages 2-11 on Feb. 13.

“Good Morning America” ranked first for the 14th consecutive week with a 4.8 rating/20 share, and also led among adults 18-49 with a 2 rating, compared to a 4.3/18 and 1.8, respectively, for “Today.””CBS This Morning” (3.0/13, with a 1.1 in the key demo) continues to run ahead of its corresponding performance last year but is still bringing up the rear.

As for daytime, CBS (5.7/21) saw the gap with second-place ABC (5.4/19) narrow sharply as the Alphabet web continued to enjoy a wide margin among women ages 18-49, the key sales demo, with a 4.3 average rating to CBS’ 3.5. NBC, which offers an hour less programming than CBS and half-hour less than ABC, remains a distant third with a 3.0/10 and 1.9 among younger women.

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” (8.4/29) remains the top-rated daytime show but ranks second among women 18-49 behind “All My Children” (8.1/26), which pulled an 8 rating in that demo compared to a 5.9 for “Restless.”

“Nightline” pulled a 5.7/16 for the week, topping “Tonight” (5.5/15 in their common half-hour, 4.9/15 overall). “Tonight” still continues to perform solidly, up among young adults compared to the corresponding period last year. CBS’ “Crime Time After Prime Time” drew a 3.0/11, and it was another solid week for “Late Night With David Letterman” (2.9/14). Fox, meanwhile, has changed the Saturday morning balance of power thanksto “The X-Men,” the No. 2 kidvid entry among both children and households behind CBS’ second half-hour of “Garfield and Friends.” Fox tied CBS in households with a 3.5/12 each but enjoyed an advantage among children with a 6.7 rating to the Eye web’s 5.3.

ABC stayed in the hunt with a 3.0/10 in households and 4.9 among the age 2-11 set, while NBC averaged a 3.4/10 from 10 a.m. to noon in households and continued to rank first among teens.

Weekend sports offered few fireworks except for CBS’ racy 8.4/23 for its four-hour coverage of the Daytona 500.

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