“Good Morning America’s” week of remotes from New Zealand produced a series of “g’days,” as the ABC morning show easily won the May 3-7 week for Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings.
“GMA” posted a 5.0 rating, 22 share and is running 12% ahead of its average through six weeks of the second quarter last year; it’s also extending its winning streak over “Today” (4.2/18 last week) and “CBS This Morning” (2.6/11) to 26 consecutive weeks.
ABC led in the daypart among adults 18-49 with a 2 rating to NBC’s 1.8 and a 0.9 for CBS.
While the morning belonged to ABC, NBC owned late night for the second straight week, as “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (4.8/15, with a 5.5/15 from 11:30 to midnight) topped “Nightline” (5.0/14) in their common half-hour both in households and all key demographics. CBS’ “Crime Time After Prime Time” averaged a 2.9/10 overall.
As for the mother of all streaks, CBS has now won the daytime race for 218 weeks, averaging a 5.1/21 last week, compared to ABC’s 4.6/18 and NBC’s 2.7/11. Averages among women age 18-49 were ABC, 3.6; CBS, 3.0; NBC, 1.7.
The Fox Children’s Network was again top dog in Saturday morning, delivering the top five shows among children age 2-11 and a 5.4/26 overall in that demo, topping both ABC (4.1/20) and CBS (3.8/19). Averages were slightly higher for ABC and CBS from 8 a.m. to noon, the four hours Fox programs.
In households, Fox posted a 3.0/13 to ABC and CBS’ 2.5/11 each. Fox has been first in the daypart now 13 of the last 18 weeks.
NBC experienced low coverage due to NBA basketball Saturday but scored its best “Saturday Night Live” rating (9.0/26) since Feb. 15 with “Married … With Children’s” Christina Applegate as host.