'The View' hits record viewership

First post-election episode is most watched of all time

NEW YORK -- How's "The View" from the top?

The 12-year-old ABC chatfest scored its highest viewership ever with the first episode after last Tuesday's election. It won the week in all of daytime TV and was the top daytime program in women 18-49 (along with CBS' "The Young and the Restless") for the second time. The first was the previous week, ABC said.

Wednesday's show averaged 6.2 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said. It cleared the previous record by a million viewers.

For the week, "The View" averaged 4.7 million viewers. It was also tied for the lead with "The Young and the Restless" with 1 million women 18-49. ABC was the top network in daytime among women 18-49 and finished a close second to CBS in viewership.