ABC Scores May Sweeps Ratings Victory for First Time in 14 Years

ABC Scores May Sweeps Ratings Victory for First Time in 14 Years

Network takes first place in key demo

ABC may have ended the 2013-2014 season in fourth place, but they can claim a victory in the May sweeps.

The network won May sweeps in the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers — the first time that ABC has taken a win in May sweeps in 14 years, the network said Thursday.

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Overall for May sweeps, measured from April 24 to May 21, ABC averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share — beating out both CBS and NBC, who both averaged a 1.5/5, by 13 percent.

Fox averaged a 1.3/4 for the May sweeps.

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In terms of individual shows, ABC placed third in the Top 10 among the 18-49 crowd, with “Modern Family” taking second place, “Grey's Anatomy” coming in sixth and “Dancing With the Stars” occupying the #10 spot.

In total viewers, ABC took second place with an average 6.9 million, with CBS scoring a commanding victory, averaging 8.2 million total viewers for May sweeps. NBC drew third with an average 5.7 million, while Fox had 4.5 million.