ABC’s Billboard Music Awards Scores Most-Watched Telecast in 13 Years
via press release:
ABC Sunday Prime (8-11pm – 9.5 million and 3.0/9 in AD18-49): With the season closer of America’s Funniest Home Videos and the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, ABC dominated the final Sunday of the season/May Sweep in Adults 18-49 (#1 in all 8 half-hours), more than doubling runner-up CBS with its season finales (+114% – 3.0/9 vs. 1.4/4). In fact, the Net won all 4 Sundays of the May Sweep in Adults 18-49 and on average was up 9% on the night May to May (1.9/6 vs. 1.7/5). ABC was also the most-watched network overall on the evening, outdrawing CBS (9.5 million vs. 9.2 million). Excluding only the night of the Academy Awards, ABC marked its strongest Sunday since November in viewers and young adults – since 11/24/13. ABC’s Billboard Music Awards was the #1 TV show of the night in viewers and young adults.
America’s Funniest Home Videos (7-8pm – 6.6 million and 1.6/6 in AD18-49): Building its overall audience by 8% week to week and holding steady in Adults 18-49, ABC’s 24th season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos equaled a season high with young adults. The ABC video clip show ranked #1 in the hour for the 4th week in a row with Adults 18-49.
2014 Billboard Music Awards (8-11pm – 10.5 million and 3.5/10 in AD18-49): ABC’s 3-hour telecast of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards delivered an across-the-board win, topping its 8-11pm time slot in Total Viewers, all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54), Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11. Surging by 1.0 million viewers year to year (10.5 million vs. 9.5 million) to deliver its 2nd year of growth, The Billboard Music Awards scored its most-watched telecast in 13 years and equaled an 11-year high in Adults 18-49 – since 2001 and 2003, respectively.