ABC Ranks Number 1 (Tie) for the May Sweep in Adults 18-49 as its Dramas Dominate

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May 21st, 2013


via press release:

ABC Ranks No. 1 for the 2013 May Sweep Among Adults 18-49 and Key Women

ABC’s Dramas Dominate in May with 8 of the Top 10 Telecasts in Adults 18-49

The Net Airs 3 of May’s Top 10 TV Shows in Adults 18-49, Including the No. 1 10 O’clock Series with “Scandal”


ABC is the No. 1 Network in May on Monday-Friday from 10-11pm in Key Adults

2013 May Sweep (4/25-5/20/13 - 26 of 28 Nights – Live + Same Day)

With just two nights left to count heading into tonight’s season finale of “Dancing” and the closers for its Wednesday lineup on the final night of the period, ABC ranks No. 1 for the 2013 May Sweep in Adults 18-49 (1.8/5), tied with CBS, while leading NBC and Fox by 6% each (NBC and Fox = 1.7/5).  ABC is also the leader for the month in Women 18-34 (1.7/6) and Women 18-49 (2.3/7).


  • ABC Dramas Dominate the May Sweep: With Thursday’s combo of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” ABC delivered 8 of the Top 10 drama telecasts during the May Sweep in Adults 18-49: “Scandal-5/16” – No. 2, “Scandal-5/9” – No. 3, “Grey’s-5/9” and “Grey’s-5/16” tied at No. 4, “Grey’s-5/2” – No. 8, “Scandal-4/25” – No. 9 and “Grey’s-4/25” – No. 10.  Dominating at 10:00 p.m., the Net aired each of the Top 7 highest rated 10 o’clock drama telecasts for the month in Adults 18-49, with “Scandal” claiming the Top 4 positions and “Castle” claiming the next 3 positions.


  • Highest-Rated Series of the Month: ABC claims 3 of the Top 10 TV shows during May in Adults 18-49 with “Modern Family” (No. 4), “Grey’s Anatomy” (No. 8) and “Scandal” (No. 9).  In fact “Scandal” is the month’s No. 1 10 o’clock series in Adults 18-49.  ABC’s “DWTS” is the most-watched unscripted series overall, outdrawing both installments of Fox’s “American Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice.”


  • ABC is the Only Net to Improve its Local News Lead-in Audience and Ranks No. 1 in Key Adults: ABC is the only net to grow its overall audience year to year from 10:00-11:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday as a lead-in to affiliates’ late-local news, gaining 7% over last May’s average (7.5 million vs. 7.0 million).  CBS and NBC are both down in the hour year to year.  In addition, ABC was the No. 1 network during the month on Monday-Friday from 10:00-11:00 p.m. in Adults 18-49 (1.9/6) and Adults 25-54 (2.5/6), beating CBS (1.7/5 and 2.4/6) and NBC (1.5/4 and 1.9/5).


  • BigBrotherFan


    EXCELLENT POST DUDE! I agree 110% ABC CLEARLY has the best shows! ABC deserves to kick all those networks BUTT!

    I don’t mind FOX per say because NBC makes their shows so cheaply (HANNIBAL?) and CBS is really for people 50 years older than me (I do enjoy TGW and SURVIVOR though) but ABC – SCANDAL, NASHVILLE AND REVENGE how can you go wrong?

  • HalCapone

    It’s all about the NFL games. ABC/Disney makes their handsome profit through ESPN and the monday night games. Advertising + carriage fees = lottsa gravy. It is just a matter of when, not if, Comcast will transition SNF to NBC Sports channel. FOX is positioning themselves to go head to head with ESPN so it is just a matter of time before their Sunday games are moved to one of their cable sports stations, too.

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