Ratings Report for ABC News’ “Nightline” For the Week of February 23, 2009

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March 5th, 2009

via ABC press release:

March 5, 2009

Ratings Report for ABC News’ “Nightline

For the Week of February 23, 2009

Nightline” CONTINUES TO GROW SEASON TO DATE,

YEAR TO YEAR AND 1st QUARTER TO DATE IN TOTAL VIEWERS

Nightline” OUTPERFORMS “LETTERMAN” IN TOTAL VIEWERS & ADULTS 25-54

Nightline” CONTINUES TO CUT TOTAL VIEWING AND ADULTS 25-54 GAPS WITH “LENO” – CUTS VIEWING LEAD BY 85% VS. LAST YEAR

ABC News’ “Nightline” continues to grow season to date, first quarter to date and year to year among Total Viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of February 23, 2009. Compared to the same week last year, “Nightline” was the only program up vs. its competition. “Nightline” grew 11% in Total Viewers, while “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” declined 22% and “Letterman” decreased 7%.

“Nightline” posted 3.79 million, increasing 19% first quarter to date, while “Letterman” declined 5% and “Leno” declined 3%. Among the key Adults 25-54 demographic, "Nightline" posted 1.60 million, increasing 6% quarter to date, while “Letterman” dropped 11% and “Leno” declined 6%. Season to date, “Nightline” increased 14% among Total Viewers and 4% among Adults 25-54. The program is also in second place among Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 season to date. Additionally, “Nightline” outperformed CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, and also beat “Letterman” among Adults 18-49.

“Nightline” continues to close the A25-54 and total viewing gaps with NBC’s “Leno.” Compared to the same week last year, “Nightline” shrank the total viewing gap with “Leno” by 85% and the A25-54 gap by 58%. Year to date, “Nightline” shrank the total viewing gap with NBC by 38% and the A25-54 gap by 33% (*Note: “Letterman” and “Leno” aired repeats last week).

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Martin Bashir. John Donvan and Vicki Mabrey are correspondents. James Goldston is the executive producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

(Week of February 23, 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54 (000)/ Rtg

ABC “Nightline”             3,790,000 1,600,000/ 1.3

CBS “Late Show”             3,280,000         1,500,000/ 1.2

NBC “Tonight”               4,060,000        1,820,000/ 1.5

Source: NTI

 
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