With Dancing with the Stars and Castle, ABC towered over the first Monday of the May Sweep, more than doubling runner-up CBS in Total Viewers and leading by 63% in Adults 18-49.
In fact the Net beat its rivals in all 6 half-hours of the night in viewers and young adults. ABC ran as Monday’s most-watched TV net for the 8th week running and won the evening in Adults 18-49 for the 7th time in 8 weeks.
In addition, it was ABC’s 5th straight year to finish as the most-watched network on the opening Monday night of the May Sweep – starting in May 2007.
Up for the 2nd straight week, ABC’s Monday numbers jumped by double-digit percentages over the prior week in both Total Viewers (+15%) and Adults 18-49 (+18%).
ABC was also up sharply from the same night last year, gaining nearly 3.0 million viewers and 18% with young adults.
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars won each of its half-hours in viewers and young adults to earn first place in its time slot for the 7th week running. ABC’s DWTS once again registered as Monday’s #1 TV show in Total Viewers (7th week in a row) and Adults 18-49 (6th time in 7 weeks).
DWTS rose over the same night last year by 7% in Total Viewers and by 7% in Adults 18-49.
On average, Season 12 of DWTS is up over the same point in Season 11 by 1.2 million viewers and by 6% in Adults 18-49. In fact DWTS is producing the franchise’s most-watched season ever.
ABC’s Castle won the 10 o’clock hour, beating CBS’ original Hawaii Five-0 by its best-ever margins in Total Viewers (+2.8 million viewers) and Adults 18-49 (+21%).
In fact on both measures, Castle was the #1 TV series in its time period for 5th time in its last 6 original telecasts. In addition, Castle more than doubled the numbers of NBC’s original Law & Order: Los Angeles in viewers (+154%) and young adults (+107%). For its 5th consecutive original broadcast, ABC’s Castle stood as Monday’s most-watched scripted series.
Versus the year-ago night, the ABC drama was up by 1.5 million viewers and 16% in Adults 18-49.
On average ABC’s Castle is enjoying its strongest season ever, building on its performance at the same point last year in both Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%).