During First Week in New Time Period “Nightline” Ranks No. 1 Versus its CBS and NBC Competition in Total Viewers and Key Adults 25-54 Demo

By Alyssa Bernstein

Jan 17, 2013 11:46am

In its first week (January 8-11, 2013) in its new 12:35 a.m. time-slot, “Nightline” ranked No. 1 versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.760 million) and in the key Adult 25-54 demo (814,000), topping CBS’ “Late Late Show Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.365 million and 615,000, respectively) and NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.591 million and 746,000, respectively), according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Nightline” turned in ABC’s strongest performance of the season in the time period in Adults 25-54, while hitting the Net’s best numbers in the time slot in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 since November - since w/o 11/26/12 and w/o 11/05/12, respectively.    

“Nightline” improved ABC’s performance in the time period on the same nights last year (January 10-13, 2012) by 25% in Total Viewers (1.760 million vs. 1.411 million), by 12% in Adults 25-54 (814,000 vs. 729,000) and by 6% in Adults 18-49 (597,000 vs. 563,000). 

During its first week in the new time slot, “Nightline” aired Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; had an exclusive interview with the family of Junior Seau, the NFL superstar and family man whose suicide shocked the nation; reported on radical young Americans who say they won’t live under America’s laws; reported on the big business of college partying and its effect on future careers; had Brian Ross’ undercover investigation into one of the biggest investment frauds in American history; and featured interviews with the cast of “Django Unchained” and Cyndi Lauper, among 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 12:35 a.m., ET to 1:00 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 January 7, 2013  

PROGRAM AVERAGES  TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg A18-49(000)/ Rtg
ABC ”Nightline*” 1,760,000 814,000/ 0.7 597,000/ 0.5
(*Tue-Fri average)      
CBS “Late Late Show” 1,365,000 615,000/ 0.5 475,000/ 0.4
NBC “Late Night” 1,591,000 746,000/ 0.6 621,000/ 0.5

Source:  The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 01/7/13, 12/31/12 & 1/9/12.  Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 1/13/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 1/8/12).  (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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