“Nightline” Draws Largest Overall Weekly Audience in More Than 3 Months

By ABCNewsPR

Mar 13, 2014 1:54pm

“Nightline” is #1 Show Friday Night in Total Viewers, Posting Best Single Day Numbers in 9 Months 

“Nightline” Slashes NBC’s Premiere Week Gaps by Over 50% in All Key Demos 

“Nightline” Beats CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, and Adults 18-49; Largest Total Viewer Advantage in 4 Months 

“Nightline” Posts Double-Digit Year-to-Year Increases in All Key Demos

 Season to Date, “Nightline” Leads “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in All Key Measures 

ABC News’ “Nightline” drew 1.718 million Total Viewers, 717,000 Adults 25-54 and 555,000 Adults 18-49 for the week of March 3, 2014, according to Nielsen Media Research.  For the 2nd consecutive week, “Nightline” improved on the prior week’s performance in Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+11%) and Adults 18-49 (+11%) – 1.567 million, 644,000 and 498,000, respectively, on w/o 2/24/14.  In fact, “Nightline” drew its largest overall audience more than 3 months – since w/o 11/25/13.

For the 4th week in a row, “Nightline” outdelivered CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+332,000), Adults 25-54 (+158,000) and Adults 18-49 (+111,000).  Further, “Nightline” led the CBS program by its largest Total Viewer advantage in 4 months (since w/o 11/4/13) and 2nd largest margin overall this season.

“Nightline” posted double-digit year-to-year increases in Total Viewers (+18%), Adults 25-54 (+12%) and Adults 18-49 (+20%) - 1.450 million, 643,000, and 462,000 respectively, on w/o 3/4/13.   

“Nightline” ranked No. 1 on Friday (3/7/14) in Total Viewers (2.226 million) beating CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by 847,000 Total Viewers (1.379 million) and “Late Night with Set Meyers” by 230,000 Total Viewers (1.996 million).  Further, “Nightline’s” Friday airing stood as its most-watched telecast in 8 months (since 6/18/13) and 3rd most-watched ever since moving to its new time period in January 2013.

Week to week, “Nightline” slashed its margins with NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” from its margins with the NBC program’s premiere week by more than half in Total Viewers (-68% – 355,000 vs. 1.106 million), Adults 25-54 (-51% – 331,000 vs. 679,000) and Adults 18-49 (-54% – 341,000 vs. 748,000).

Season to date, “Nightline” leads CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” across the board: Total Viewers (+198,000), Adults 25-54 (+71,000) and Adults 18-49 (+32,000).

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Dan Harris, and Dan Abrams. Juju Chang is a correspondent. Jeanmarie Condon is the senior executive producer and Almin Karamehmedovic is executive producer. The program airs weeknights from 12:35-1:00 a.m., ET 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 March 2, 2014:

PROGRAM AVERAGES TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/Rtg A18-49(000)/Rtg
ABC ”Nightline” 1,718,000 717,000/0.6 555,000/0.4
CBS “Late Late Show” 1,386,000 559,000/0.5 444,000/0.3
NBC “Late Night” 2,073,000 1,048,000/0.9 896,000/0.7

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 3/3/14, 2/24/14 and 3/4/13.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 3/9/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 3/10/13).

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