"Nightline" Outperforms "Letterman" Among Total Viewers For 7th Week In A Row

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May 21st, 2009

via press release:

Ratings Report for ABC News’ “Nightline

For the Week of May 11, 2009

Nightline” CONTINUES GROWTH TREND -- INCREASES 16% IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND 5% IN A25-54 VERSUS SAME WEEK LAST YEAR

Nightline” OUTPERFORMS “LETTERMAN” AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS

FOR 7th WEEK IN A ROW & BEATS CBS AMONG ADULTS 18-49

Nightline” CUTS INTO “LENO’S” TOTAL VIEWING LEAD

FOR 8th CONSECUTIVE WEEK

ABC News’ “Nightline” continues to grow season to date, week to week and year to year according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 11, 2009. Among Total Viewers, “Nightline” posted 3.80 million, increasing 16% compared to the same week last year while CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” declined 1% and NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” increased 2%. This marks the 19th week in a row “Nightline” increased in Total Viewers versus last year. Week to week, “Nightline” experienced the most growth versus the competition—the program is up 4% in Total Viewers and 8% in Adults 25-54. Quarter to date, “Nightline” is the only program up versus the competition, 14% in Total Viewers and 1% in A25-54. “Nightline” is also solidly in second place season to date in Total Viewers. The program increased 14% among Total Viewers and 4% in Adults 25-54 versus last season.

“Nightline” posted 1.63 million Adults 25-54, increasing 5% compared to the same week last year, while “Letterman” declined 3% and “Leno” remained flat.

Additionally, “Nightline” outperformed “Letterman” among Total Viewers for the seventh week in a row. “Nightline” also beat CBS among Adults 18-49 for the week.

Versus last year, “Nightline” continued to cut into “Leno’s” total viewing lead for the eighth consecutive week. “Nightline” shrank the total viewing gap with NBC by 26%.

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 May 11, 2009)

TOTAL VIEWERS A25-54(000)/ Rtg

ABC “Nightline”    3,800,000 1,630,000/ 1.3

CBS “Late Show”     3,730,000         1,660,000/ 1.3

NBC “Tonight”        5,010,000        2,280,000/ 1.8

Source: NTI

 
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