With just three nights left to count, ABC will win its first May sweep in 14 years after finishing first in the demo on each of the final five weeks of the TV season. Stats for the final full week of the season (and the sweep) just in show ABC 20% ahead of CBS in the demo. ABC’s top-dog status for the fifth consecutive week continues the network’s longest winning streak in more than seven years – dating back to a six-week stretch at the start of the ’06-07 TV season, when Lost was a phenom, Grey’s Anatomy was starting its first full season, Desperate Housewives was entering its second full season and tearing up the ratings, and a more robust Dancing was kicking up on two nights a week.
Catapulting ABC to its May sweep win were many of the network’s 5 series landing in the Top 10 (and 7 of the Top 20) entertainment series on broadcast TV for the entire TV season in the demo. That ABC list includes Modern Family, which will finish the season at No. 3 (behind CBS’s Big Bang Theory and NBC’s Monday The Voice); Grey’s Anatomy at No. 4 (and the No. 1 ranked drama); Scandal, which is tied with NBC’s Tuesday The Voice at No. 7; Resurrection at No. 9; and Once Upon A Time at No. 10 in a four-way tie that also includes CBS’s NCIS and Criminal Minds, and Fox’s Wednesday American Idol. Of those series, Scandal did not contribute to ABC’s May sweep win, having been off the air since mid-April.
Boosting ABC last week: Barbara Walters primetime special finished No. 2 for the night in the demo — just 1/10th behind Shark Tank. And The Billboard Music Awards matched its 11-year high in the demo with the much talked about hologram performance by deceased Michael Jackson. Also, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale improved its Tuesday timeslot in the demo by 82% over last year (with Wipeout).
Also pitching in during the sweep: Dancing was up on Monday over year ago in the demo for each week in the sweep, Shark Tank wrapped up its best season ever, and Grey’s Anatomy climbed 5% for the season to achieve its best season in three years in the demo.