“Nightline” is #1 Season to Date in Total Viewers

By Coordinator

Aug 19, 2010 2:04pm

“Nightline” Bests “Letterman” 18 Consecutive Weeks in Total Viewers – First Time in 11 Years


Week-to-Week, “Nightline” Grows +4% Among A25-54 and +2% in Total Viewers


ABC News’ “Nightline” is in first place for the full season to date with 3.75 million Total Viewers, outperforming CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” according to Nielsen Media Research. For the eighteenth consecutive week, ABC News’ “Nightline” has outperformed “Letterman” among total viewers. The last time this happened was in 1999. Additionally, for the week of August 9, 2010, “Nightline” ranked second among A25-54, A18-49 and Total Viewers.


Compared to last year, “Nightline” grew +3% among Adults 25-54 and A18-49. Week to week “Nightline” grew +4% among A25-54, while “The Tonight Show” decreased -3% and “Letterman” declined -4%. “Nightline” also increased +3% among A18-49 while “The Tonight Show” declined    -2%. “Nightline” grew +2% among Total Viewers week to week while “The Tonight Show” decreased -1% and “Letterman” decreased -4%.


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 August 9, 2010)   


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

ABC “Nightline”   3,350,000 1,410,000/ 1.1   1,120,000/ .9

CBS “Late Show”   2,710,000 1,140,000/ .9    930,000/ .7

NBC “Tonight”    3,800,000   1,560,000/ 1.3 1,260,000 /1.0

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live+SD weeks of 8/09/10- 8/15/09.  Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for STD (9/21/09-08/15/10).


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