ABC News' "Nightline" Ranks #1 in Total Viewers During and Full Week of May Sweeps

"Nightline" Attracts Largest Overall Audience in Nearly 6 Months

For Second Straight Week, "Nightline" Improves on All Key Target Demos

Thursday's Broadcast Ranks #1 in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

On Average in New Time Period, "Nightline" Continues to Improve ABC's Year-to-Year Performance in Total Viewers (+7%)

ABC News' "Nightline" ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.779 million) during the second full week of the 2013 May sweep, according to Nielsen Media Research, for the week of May 6, 2013. "Nightline" led CBS' "The Late Late Show" by +476,000 viewers (1.303 million) and NBC's "Late Night" by +11,000 viewers (1.768 million). Further, "Nightline" beat the CBS program by its largest Total Viewer margin to-date.

"Nightline" attracted its largest overall audience ever in its new 12:35 a.m. time period (premiered on w/o 1/7/13). In fact, the ABC latenight program drew ABC's largest overall audience in the time slot in nearly 6 months - since w/o 11/26/12.

For the 2nd week in a row, "Nightline" improved on the prior week in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+14%), Adults 25-54 (+4%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%) - 1.558 million, 690,000 and 512,000 respectively, on w/o 4/29/13.

On Thursday (5/9/13) , "Nightline" ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 (2.010 million, 795,000 and 721,000) versus CBS' "The Late Late Show" (1.553 million, 750,000 and 575,000) and NBC's "Late Night" (1.659 million, 730,000 and 640,000). In fact, "Nightline's" Thursday telecast stands as its 3rd-most-watched since moving to its new time period.

On average in its new time period, "Nightline" has improved ABC's performance compared to the same weeks last year in Total Viewers (+7%). In addition, "Nightline" leads CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" across the board: Total Viewers (+134,000), Adults 25-54 (+28,000) and Adults 18-49 (+1,000).

During the week of May 6, "Nightline" covered all aspects of the escape of three young women in Cleveland, plus the latest in the Jodi Arias murder trial.

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 May 6, 2013:

PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/Rtg A18-49(000)/Rtg

ABC "Nightline" 1,779,000 715,000/0.6 582,000/0.5

CBS "Late Late Show" 1,303,000 630,000/0.5 472,000/0.4

NBC "Late Night" 1,768,000 823,000/0.7 679,000/0.5

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 5/6/13, 4/29/13 and 5/7/12. ABC, CBS and NBC program averages (1/7 - 5/12/13), excludes 1/7/13 telecast of "Nightline." Year-ago averages (1/10 - 5/13/12).

ABC News Media Relations: Alyssa Ziegler Apple (212) 456-1624;

Disney-ABC Media Relations: Pons Rongavilla: 818-460-5615;

- ABC -

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...