ABC's 'Nightline' takes No. 1 late night ratings slot in Q4


ABC’s “Nightline” Ranks No. 1 During 4th Quarter 2011 Across All Target Demos.

4Q11 is the 5th Straight Quarter for the ABC Latenight Program to Take the Top Spot in Overall Viewers.

“Nightline” Defeated NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in Adults 18-49 for the First Time During a 4th Quarter in 18 Years.

“Nightline” Sees Across the Board Increases Versus the Previous Quarter Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.

ABC’s “Nightline” ranked No. 1 during 4th Quarter 2011 across all target demos: Total Viewers (3.946 million), Adults 25-54 (1.549 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.201 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  4Q11 represented the 5th straight quarter for the ABC latenight program to take the top spot in overall viewers versus NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show,” while leading for the 4th time in the last 5 quarters in the key adult news demo.

“Nightline” saw across the board increases versus the previous quarter (3Q11) among Total Viewers (+5%), Adults 25-54 (+8%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%).

“Nightline” defeated NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in Adults 18-49 (+85,000) for the first time during a 4th quarter in 18 years, while outperforming the NBC program by its largest margin during any quarter in over 16 years – since 4Q93 and 2Q95, respectively.  Additionally, the ABC program saw its largest Total Viewer (+185,000) and Adults 25-54 (+102,000) advantages over a Jay Leno-hosted “The Tonight Show” during any quarter in 16 years -2Q95.

“Nightline” turned in its largest leads over CBS’ “The Late Show” during a 4th quarter in 12 years in Total Viewers(+619,000) and in 11 years in Adults 25-54 (+99,000) – since 4Q99 and 4Q00, respectively.  

Week of December 19, 2011
For the week of December 19, 2011, ABC’s “Nightline” took second in late-night across all key target demos: Total Viewers (3.356 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.014 million) according to Nielsen Media Research.  

“Nightline” topped CBS’ “The Late Show” during the week in Total Viewers (+219,000) and Adults 18-49 (+59,000).  

Season to date, “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,” marking the 2nd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in overall viewers and in the key adult news demo.  
Note:  Due to the Christmas holiday, “ABC News: Nightline” was re-titled “ABC News – Nightline” on Friday (12/23/11) and is excluded from the average. NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show” are based on 5 days.

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.

(4th Quarter, 2011)            

        TOTAL VIEWERS  A25-54(000)/ Rtg  A18-49(000)/ Rtg 

ABC “Nightline”       3,946,000     1,549,000/ 1.3    1,201,000/ 0.9

CBS “Late Show”       3,327,000     1,450,000/ 1.2    1,128,000/ 0.9

NBC “Tonight Show”    3,761,000     1,447,000/ 1.2    1,116,000/ 0.9

(Week of December 19, 2011)

                    TOTAL VIEWERS  A25-54(000)/ Rtg  A18-49(000)/ Rtg 

ABC “Nightline”       3,356,000     1,307,000/ 1.1    1,014,000/ 0.8

CBS “Late Show”       3,137,000     1,322,000/ 1.1      955,000/ 0.7

NBC “Tonight Show”    3,866,000     1,472,000/ 1.2    1,136,000/ 0.9

(Source: ABC – The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 12/19/11, 12/12/11 & 12/20/10.  Most Current: 4Q11: 9/19/11 – 12/25/11.  3Q11: 6/27 – 9/18/11. 4Q11: 9/20/10 – 12/26/10.  2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 12/25/11) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 – 12/26/10).