Thanks in part to a good November sweep performance by ABC in primetime, the net’s New York flagship station WABC-TV has again emerged as the month’s most-watched station across the country on a total-day basis.
In Nielsen’s DMA households for the Oct. 30-Nov. 26 ratings period, ABC7 averaged a 3.5 rating/9 share — equating to roughly 260,000 homes in the market. WCBS was No. 2 in Gotham with a 3.1 rating/8 share.
WABC has consistently been the top-rated network in New York, with January 2012 the last non-Olympics month that it didn’t finish on top.
ABC programming that was No. 1 on ABC7 included “Good Morning America,” “The Chew,” “The View” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as well as primetime standouts like “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Dancing With the Stars” (pictured) and newbies “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Overall, the station aired nine of the top 10 regularly scheduled primetime programs in women 25-54.
Nationally syndicated “Live With Kelly & Michael” dominated its time period in November, winning in households by a big 85% margin. Also, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Daytime Jeopardy” won the 2 p.m. hour in households and women 25-54, and veterans “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” led the pre-prime hour of 7 p.m. in households and both adults and women 25-54.
ABC7 was the ratings leader in local news as well, including a dominant performance by the weekday edition of “Eyewitness News at 6:00” with Bill Ritter, Liz Cho, Lee Goldberg and Rob Powers, which drew more adults 25-54 than its two closest competitors combined. November marked the 129th consecutive ratings period that WABC-TV has finished an outright No. 1 in DMA households among local 6 p.m. newscasts.
Among local broadcast station websites, WABC-TV’s 7online ranked No. 1 in monthly unique viewers and collected more than 40 million page views across all its platforms.