Danza Shows Some Sweeps Strength

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At the midpoint of the syndicated sweeps, Buena Vista Television’s freshman talker, Tony Danza, is leading his time period in three of the four top markets -- New York, Chicago and Philadelphia -- although two of those four clearances are red-eye flights.

In,  L.A., Danza is only two-tenths of a rating point behind the leader, a repeat of The Tonight Show (Danza airs at 2:15 a.m. there).

In Danza’s home town of New York, one of his strongest markets, he is averaging a 3.7/14 share at 10 a.m. on WABC, up 28% from year-ago time period averages.

In the four top markets, all on ABC affiliates (co-owned with Buena Vista), Danza is averaging a 2.6 rating/12 share, even though he has overnight clearances in L.A. and Chicago (where he leads at 1:45 a.m.). That 2.6 is up 8% from year-ago time period averages.