With Extensive Coverage of Hurricane Sandy, “Nightline” is No. 1 in Late Night with Season-Highs in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

By ABCNewsPR

Nov 9, 2012 7:07pm

Season to Date “Nightline” is No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for 3rd Straight Year

With coverage of Hurricane Sandy for the week of October 29, 2012, ABC’s “Nightline” finished as the No. 1 program in latenight with season-high numbers in Total Viewers (4.203 million), Adults 25-54 (1.571 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.190 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  In fact, “Nightline” drew its most-watched week in nearly 1 year and best in the key adult demos in 4 months – since weeks of 11/21/11, 6/11/12 and 6/18/12, respectively.

On Monday (10/29/12), “Nightline” scored its most-watched telecast (4.984 million) in 5 months and best Adults 25-54 number (1.717 million) in 3 months – since 5/22/12 and 7/20/12, respectively.

Season to date, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 in latenight among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, ahead of both NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.” This marks the 3rd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in both measures.

NOTE:  Due to Hurricane Sandy, all three latenight programs were coded as breakouts for the entire week and are excluded from season averages.  In addition, on Monday (10/29/12), NBC’s “The Tonight Show” was retitled “Tonight Show-JL” and is excluded from the weekly averages.  In addition, CBS’ “The Late Show” was retitled “Late Show-DL” and is excluded from the weekly averages.  The CBS program was titled “Lte Shw/David Ltrmn” from Tues-Fri.

The entire “Nightline” team including Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Bill Weir and Juju Chang reported from the most affected areas during and after the Hurricane.

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 late night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming.

Week of October 29, 2012

PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS  A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
ABC “Nightline” 4,203,000 1,571,000/ 1.3 1,190,000/ 0.9
CBS “Late Show” 3,447,000 1,255,000/ 1.1 944,000/ 0.7
NBC “Tonight Show” 3,426,000 1,280,000/ 1.1 971,000/ 0.8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/29/12, 10/22/12 & 10/31/11, or as dated.   Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24 – 11/4/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 11/6/11).

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