ABC’s ‘GMA, ‘View’ rock

Big sweeps feat for Alphabet's ayem, daytime

NEW YORK — ABC’s primetime strength helped “Good Morning America” to its best sweeps perf since 1991.

The Alphabet also took the daytime ratings crown in women 18-49 behind strong performances by “The View,” “General Hospital,” “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live.”

“The View” had a “tremendous sweeps,” according to ABC Daytime prexy Brian Frons. “We benefited from celebrating the season finale of our primetime shows, like ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Lost.’ ”

ABC won the femmes 18-49 demo in all time periods for the second straight sweeps, a first for the network since 1991.

CBS placed first in total viewers in daytime, with 3.8 million, compared to 3.4 million for ABC and 2.9 million for NBC.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “Good Morning America” is threatening NBC’s long-dominant ayem franchise.

Lead of NBC’s “Today Show” over ABC’s “GMA” was a narrow 210,000 viewers, down 77% from last year, when the margin between the two shows was 910,000.

“GMA” increased its total viewers 9% to 5.54 million viewers, while “Today” dropped 4% to 5.75 million viewers. CBS’ “The Early Show” fell 4% to 2.72 million.

In latenight, NBC retained its lead by 1.5 million, but “Late Show With David Letterman” finished May sweeps in its closest competitive position with “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” since 1995.

“Leno” defeated CBS’ “Letterman” on 19 of 20 nights in the 18-49 demo and averaged 6 million overall viewers, down from 6.3 million. “Letterman” drew 4.5 million viewers overall, up from 4.4 million.

NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” defeated CBS’ “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” in total viewers 2.5 million to 1.9 million, though “Ferguson” turned in the best sweeps performance ever for any “Late Late Show” host.

ABC’s “Nightline” finished with 3.2 million viewers, down from 3.9 million in last year’s May sweeps; ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” had 1.5 million viewers, down from 1.7 million last year.

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