For Second Straight Week, “Nightline” Beats CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

By Alyssa Bernstein

May 9, 2013 1:49pm

 

Thursday’s Broadcast Ranked #1 in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54   

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

For the week of April 29, 2013, ABC News’ “Nightline” drew 1.558 million Total Viewers, 690,000 Adults 25-54 and 512,000 Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research.  For the 2nd straight week, “Nightline” beat CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” across all key target demos – Total Viewers (+193,000), Adults 25-54 (+37,000) and Adults 18-49 (+51,000). 

“Nightline” saw week-to-week increases in Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+11%) and Adults 18-49 (+8%) – 1.500 million, 622,000 and 472,000 respectively, on w/o 4/22/13.  In fact, “Nightline” drew its 2nd-most-watched week in more than 3 months – since w/o 1/21/13, behind only the week of its coverage of the events in Boston (w/o 4/15/13).

On Thursday (5/2/13), “Nightline” (1.560 million and 730,000) ranked No. 1 in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 versus CBS’ “The Late Late Show” (1.539 million and 675,000) and NBC’s “Late Night” (1.519 million and 676,000).  

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” by +113,000 Total Viewers and by +26,000 Adults 25-54.  

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. 

During the week of April 29th, “Nightline” took a closer look at stop and frisk tactics as some cops in New York swear it drives crime to record lows but critics claim the gains are coming at an unfair price; reported the latest news on the Boston bombing investigation and from the Jodi Arias trial; aired portions of Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Amanda Knox;  went inside the courtroom drama involving Michael Jackson’s family; took viewers inside the headquarters of Buzzfeed;  and went up close and personal with NASCAR’s Danica Patrick; among other reports.

Week of April 29, 2013:

PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/Rtg A18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC ”Nightline” 1,558,000 690,000/0.6 512,000/0.4
CBS “Late Late Show” 1,436,000  641,000/0.5 488,000/0.4
NBC “Late Night” 1,590,000 731,000/0.6 596,000/0.5

Source:  The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 04/29/13, 4/22/13 and 4/30/12.  ABC, CBS and NBC program averages (1/7 – 5/5/13), excludes 1/7/13 telecast of “Nightline.”  Year-ago averages (1/10 – 5/6/12). 

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