Ratings Report for ABC News’ “Nightline” For the Week of June 6, 2011

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Jun 16, 2011 3:47pm

“Nightline” #1 for 14th Time in 16 Weeks among Adults 25-54

Hitting a Season High, “Nightline” Draws Largest Adults 18-49 Audience in 2 ½ Years

Season to Date “Nightline” Ranks First in Late-Night among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, and Adults 18-49

Season to Date“Nightline”Drawing Largest Overall Audience in 8 Years

During the week of June 6, 2011, ABC’s “Nightline” ranked No. 1 for the 3rd straight week in both Adults 25-54 (1.847 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.573 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  “Nightline” placed first in Adults 25-54 for the 14th time in the last 16 weeks.     

“Nightline” was up week-to-week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+5%), Adults 25-54 (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+5%).  In fact, hitting a season-high, the ABC program attracted its largest Adults 18-49 audience in 2 1/2 years (since w/o 11/24/08).

“Nightline’s” Tuesday (6/7/11 – 2.103 million) and Thursday (6/9/11 – 2.097) airings drew the latenight program’s two-most-watched telecasts in Adults 18-49 in nearly 1 year – since 6/17/10.  

For the 5th time in the last 6 weeks, “Nightline” posted increases on its year-ago performance in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+16%), Adults 25-54 (+20%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%).   In fact, “Nightline” saw year-to-year gains in 16 of the last 17 weeks in Total Viewers and in 12 of the last 13 weeks in Adults 25-54.   

Season to date “Nightline” ranks first in late-night among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.  This is the first time ever that “Nightline” 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 +5% in Total Viewers and by +4% in Adults 25-54 compared to the same point last year.  Season to date “Nightline” is drawing its largest overall audience in 8 years – since the 2002-03 season. 

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 June 6, 2011)

                                  TOTAL VIEWERS   A25-54(000)/Rtg    A18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC “Nightline”       4,053,000     1,847,000/ 1.5      1,573,000/ 1.2
CBS “Late Show”       3,100,000     1,292,000/ 1.0        948,000/ 0.7
NBC “Tonight Show”    4,129,000     1,684,000/ 1.4      1,313,000/ 1.0

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 06/6/11, 5/30/11 & 6/7/10.  Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for Season-to-date 10-11 vs. 09-10 (9/20/10-6/10/11 vs. 9/21/09-6/11/10).  

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