“Nightline” Ranks as the No. 1 Program in Latenight Across All Key Target Demos


Jul 19, 2012 3:28pm

Nightline” Posts Across-the-Board Week-to-Week Increases, Drawing its Largest Overall Audience in 4 Weeks 

Season to Date, “Nightline” Ranks No. 1 in Latenight Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

For the week of July 9, 2012, ABC’s “Nightline” ranked as the No. 1 program in latenight across all key target demos: Total Viewers (3.555 million), Adults 25-54 (1.320 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.013 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  “Nightline” has ranked as the No. 1 latenight program in all 3 demos in 14 of the last 16 weeks. 

“Nightline” posted across-the-board week-to-week increases: Total Viewers (+3%), Adults 25-54 (+5%) and Adults 18-49 (+4%), drawing its largest overall audience in 4 weeks – since w/o 6/11/12.

“Nightline”has taken the No. 1 position in 30 weeks in Total Viewers, 34 weeks in Adults 25-54 and 33 weeks in Adults 18-49 of the 43 weeks of the season to date. 

“Nightline’s” Friday broadcast (7/13/12 – 3.806 million) stood as latenight’s most-watched telecast of the week.  

Season to date, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 in latenight 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 season that the ABC program is taking the top spot in overall viewers and the key adult news demo.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. Juju Chang is a correspondent. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights from 11:35 p.m., ET to 12:00 a.m. on the ABC Television Network.  Together with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Nightline” is part of ABC’s winning latenight strategy of airing news and entertainment programming. 

Week of July 9, 2012


PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
ABC ”Nightline” 3,555,000 1,320,000/ 1.1 1,013,000/ 0.8
CBS “Late Show” 2,362,000 950,000/ 0.8 682,000/ 0.5
NBC “Tonight Show” 3,382,000 1,234,000/ 1.0 957,000/ 0.7


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 7/9/12, 7/2/12 & 7/11/11.  Most Current:  2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 7/15/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 – 7/17/11).  

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