ABC dominates final Sunday of season


With the season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos and the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, ABC dominated the final Sunday of the season in Adults 18-49 (#1 in all 8 half-hours), beating Fox’s night of season finales by 72%, CBS with two hours of 60 Minutes and a Country Music special by 138% and NBC with the 2-hour season ender of Celebrity Apprentice by 182%.  The Billboard Music Awards stood as the night’s highest-rated TV show with young adults.  ABC was also the most-watched network overall on the evening, leading runner-up CBS by 1.1 million viewers.  Excluding only the night of the Academy Awards, ABC marked its most-watched Sunday since November (since 11/18/12)  and posted a season high with Adults 18-49.

Surging week to week in viewers (+11%) and young adults (+29%), ABC’s season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos scored 14-week highs on both measures (since 2/10/13), while tying a season-high in Adults 18-49.  The show was up over last season’s finale by 19% in viewers and by 20% in young adults.

ABC’s 3-hour broadcast of The 2013 Billboard Music Awards posted an across-the-board victory, winning its 8-11pm time period with Total Viewers, all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54), Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.  Spiking year to year in Total Viewers (+28%) and Adults 18-49 (+33%), The Billboard Music Awards drew its biggest audience in 12 years and its highest Adult 18-49 rating in 10 years – since 2001 and 2003, respectively.