ABC's 'Nightline' No. 1 in late-night across all key target demos


Season to Date for the Second Straight Year, “Nightline” Ranks No. 1 in Late-Night Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.

For the week of October 31, 2011, ABC’s “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in latenight across all key target demos: Total Viewers (3.914 million), Adults 25-54 (1.591 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.252 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  The ABC latenight program has taken the top spot in Adults 25-54 in all 7 weeks of the season and in 6 of 7 weeks in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

“Nightline” was up week to week by 3% in Total Viewers, by 10% in Adults 25-54 and by 7% in Adults 18-49, turning in its 2nd-best numbers of the season in overall viewers and Adults 18-49.   

“Nightline” led NBC’s “The Tonight Show” by its largest margins of the season during a week of originals in all 3 target demos: Total Viewers (335,000), Adults 25-54 (244,000) and Adults 18-49 (211,000)

Season to date for the 2nd straight year, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 in late-night among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, ahead of both NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show” (“Letterman” began on CBS in the 1993-94 season).  Season to date, “Nightline” is up by +2% in Total Viewers compared to the same point last year, standing as the only program to grow year to year in Total Viewers versus “The Tonight Show” (-2%) and “The Late Show” (-9%).  
ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Juju Chang are correspondents. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.
(Week of October 31, 2011)
                    TOTAL VIEWERS  A25-54(000)/ Rtg  A18-49(000)/ Rtg
ABC “Nightline”       3,914,000     1,591,000/ 1.3    1,252,000/ 1.0
CBS “Late Show”       3,537,000     1,543,000/ 1.3    1,195,000/ 0.9
NBC “Tonight Show”    3,579,000     1,347,000/ 1.1    1,041,000/ 0.8

(Source:  ABC – The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/24/11, 10/17/11 & 10/25/10.  Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 10/30/11) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 – 10/31/10).