ABC's Nightline: We're #1


For the week of January 16, 2012, ABC’s “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (4.190 million), Adults 25-54 (1.755 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.345 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  In fact, it was the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks that the ABC late night program has taken the top spot in both key adult demos. 

Growing for the 4th consecutive week, “Nightline” improved by double-digits over the previous week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+16%), Adults 25-54 (+19%) and Adults 18-49 (+26%), to hit 8-week highs in all 3 measures – since w/o 11/21/11.  In fact, it was “Nightline’s” 2nd-strongest performance of the season.

The ABC latenight program improved on the year-ago week in Total Viewers (+8%), Adults 25-54 (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+12%).  Compared to NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show,” “Nightline” stood as the only late-night program to grow year to year in all 3 demos.

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.” This marks 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 Martin Luther King holiday (1/16/12), ABC’s and NBC’s Monday telecasts were coded as specials and are excluded from the weekly average. 

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 January 16, 2012)


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

ABC “Nightline”       4,190,000       1,755,000/ 1.5      1,345,000/ 1.1

CBS “Late Show”       3,349,000       1,433,000/ 1.2      1,091,000/ 0.9

NBC “Tonight Show”    3,892,000       1,537,000/ 1.3      1,185,000/ 0.9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/16/12, 1/9/12 & 1/17/11.  Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/2/11 – 1/22/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 – 1/23/11).   

(Source: ABC)