ABC wins Sunday for the 2nd week in a row


ABC Wins Sunday in Adults 18-49 for the 2nd Week in a Row, Marking Its 6th Consecutive Year to Lead the Opening Sunday of the May Sweep.  ABC’s “Home Edition” Matches its Top Adult 18-49 Rating Since February. Sunday’s No. 1 TV Show in Adults 18-49 for the 3rd Straight Week, ABC’s “Housewives” Wins its Hour with its Strongest Results Since January.  Up for the 2nd Straight Week, “Brothers & Sisters” Draws its Biggest Audience
For a 1-Hour Episode Since March and Top Adult 18-49 Number Since February.
Sunday Night (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC won Sunday for the 2nd week in a row among Adults 18-49 (2.6/7), beating CBS by 8% (2.4/7), Fox by 13% (2.3/7) and NBC by 24% (2.1/6).  It was ABC’s 6th straight year to win the opening Sunday of the May Sweep. 

Growing its overall audience (9.0 million) on the night for the 2nd consecutive week, ABC marked its best Sunday numbers in 7 weeks among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 – since 3/14/10. 

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” ran a strong No. 2 in the 7 o’clock hour among Adults 18-49 (1.7/6), while ranking No. 1 with Adults 18-34 (tie), Women 18-34 and as the top-rated broadcast with Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
From 8:00-9:00 p.m., “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” built its Total Viewer count for its 3rd straight telecast, drawing its largest audience (8.6 million) since March and tying its top Adult 18-49 number (2.4/7) since February – since 3/14/10 and 2/21/10, respectively. 

“Desperate Housewives” (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” won the 9 o’clock hour in viewers (12.0 million) and young adults (3.7/10), finishing as Sunday’s No. 1 TV show for the 3rd consecutive week in Adults 18-49 (tie).   In addition, the ABC veteran series marked its 8th consecutive original broadcast as Sunday’s No. 1 scripted TV show in viewers and young adults.

Growing for its 2nd straight telecast with viewers and young adults, “Housewives” matched its best numbers since January – since 1/10/10 and 1/17/10, respectively.

“Brothers & Sisters” (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” took second place in the 10 o’clock hour with Total Viewers (8.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (2.5/7), while ranking No. 1 against the final hours of CBS’ 2-hour “Cold Case” season finale and NBC’s 2-hour “Celebrity Apprentice” among Adults 18-34 and across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54).

Building its numbers for the 2nd week in a row, “Brothers & Sisters” marked its top performance for a 1-hour broadcast in 7 weeks with Total Viewers and since February in Adults 18-49 – since 3/14/10 and 2/28/10, respectively.   
A note about increasing DVR penetration and year-to-year rating comparisons: Year-to-year rating comparisons based on the Live + Same Day data stream are distorted by the level of DVR penetration in the Nielsen sample, which has jumped up to 36% currently, from 31% at the same point in 2009.  More viewers are watching shows on their own timetables, which may not be reflected in the overnight next-day numbers. The only truly valid year-to-year comparison would be one based on the Live + 7 Day metric, once those stats are released by Nielsen.

(Source: ABC – Nielsen Media Research (Fast Affiliate, Live + Same Day Ratings), 5/2/10)