"Nightline" Takes Top Spot in Late-Night 8 of 9 Weeks of Season in Total Viewers and Key Adult News Demo
Season to Date " Nightline " is No. 1 in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 for 3 rd Straight Year
ABC's "Nightline" stood as the No. 1 late-night program for the week of November 26, 2012, across all key target demos: Total Viewers (4.252 million), Adults 25-54 (1.441 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.101 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. "Nightline" has been the top late-night program in broadcast in 8 of 9 weeks this season in viewers and in the key adult news demo.
"Nightline" posted across the board double-digit growth week to week in Total Viewers (+20%), Adults 25-54 (+18%) and Adults 18-49 (+20%), attracting its largest overall audience in 1 year - since w/o 11/21/11.
On Tuesday (11/27/12), "Nightline" aired the No. 1 late-night telecast of the week among Total Viewers (5.228 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.597 million). In fact, it was "Nightline's" most-watched telecast in 1 year - since 11/22/11.
Season to date, "Nightline" ranks No. 1 among the late-night broadcast programs in 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 3rd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in all 3 measures.
During the week of November 26, "Nightline" featured an exclusive and eye-opening investigation into harsh methods used to restrain students with special needs; went inside online mega-giant Amazon.com on Cyber Monday to learn secrets of their incredible success; took a closer look at Powerball fever; had exclusive interviews with the award-winning team behind the controversial and highly-anticipated movie "Zero Dark Thirty"; and featured profiles of Brad Pitt, Dolly Parton, David Beckham and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, among many other reports.
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.
|PROGRAM AVERAGES||TOTAL VIEWERS||A25-54(000)/ Rtg||A18-49(000)/ Rtg|
|ABC "Nightline"||4,252,000||1,441,000/ 1.2||1,101,000/ 0.9|
|CBS "Late Show"||2,895,000||1,146,000/ 1.0||857,000/ 0.7|
|NBC "Tonight Show"||3,648,000||1,368,000/ 1.2||1,046,000/ 0.8|
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 11/26/12, 11/19/12 & 11/28/11. Most Current - 2011-2012 Season (9/24 - 12/2/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 - 11/27/11). (Note: Due to coverage of Hurricane Sandy, w/o 10/29/12 was coded as a breakout and is excluded from the season count)
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