Late Night ratings battle, ABC's 'Nightline' gaining ground


ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked as the No. 1 program in late night in Adults 25-54 (1.52 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.19 million), according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 24, 2011. 

“Nightline” ranked as the top program in both key adult demos for the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks.  “Nightline” took second in Total Viewers (3.75 million), beating CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” by 21%.
Season-to-date, “Nightline” ranks in first place among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.  This is the first time “Nightline” that has been in first place at this point in the season since at least the 1993-94 season, when “Letterman” began on CBS. In addition, “Nightline” is up by +3% in Adults 25-54 season-to-date compared to the same point last year.
ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Vicki Mabrey are correspondents. James Goldston is the executive producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.
(Week of January 24, 2011)  
                          TOTAL VIEWERS   A25-54(000)/ Rtg    A18-49(000)/ Rtg
ABC “Nightline”         3,750,000     1,520,000/ 1.2      1,190,000/ 0.9
CBS “Late Show”         3,090,000     1,400,000/ 1.1        990,000/ 0.7
NBC “Tonight”           3,880,000     1,510,000/ 1.2      1,160,000/ 0.9
(Source: ABC – The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live+SD weeks of 1/24/11, 1/17/11 & 1/25/10.  Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for 10-11 Season – 9/20/10 – 1/28/11)