ABC wins Election Night in viewers, Adults 18-49

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ABC finished as the clear winner on midterm election night, defeating its nearest competitors on Tuesday by 2.7 million viewers (12.0 million vs. 9.3 million – CBS) and by 14% in Adults 18-49 (2.4/7 vs. 2.1/6 – NBC).


• The Network generated its most-watched Tuesday since September – since 9/28/10. 
  
“Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show” (8:00-9:30 p.m.)
Towering over its competition during its 90-minute time period from 8:00-9:30 p.m., ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” stood as Tuesday’s No. 1 TV show in Total Viewers (16.9 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.2/9).  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ star Rick Fox was the seventh celebrity to leave the ABC dance competition this season.

• Despite shifting into an earlier time period, “DWTS: The Results” attracted its biggest audience in 5 weeks – since 9/28/10.

• “DWTS: The Results” outdrew its year-ago telecast for the 7th consecutive week this season.

“ABC News: Vote 2010” (9:30-10:55 p.m.)
“ABC News: Vote 2010,” anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, was the viewers’ choice for election night coverage on broadcast television.   Drawing an average audience of 6.8 million viewers from 9:30-10:55 p.m., ABC News’ election night coverage topped second-place NBC News’ special by 6% (6.4 million – “Decision 10 Prime” 9:00-10:54 p.m.), third-place CBS News’ special by 15% (5.9 million – “Campaign 2010: Election” 10:00-11:00 p.m.) and fourth-place Fox News’ special by 143% (2.8 million – “Fox News Election Coverage-11/2” 9:00-10:00 p.m.).  

(source: ABC)


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