“Nightline” is #1 In Total Viewers For The Week

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July 2nd, 2009

via press release:

Ratings Report for ABC News’ “Nightline

For the Week of June 22, 2009

Nightline” IS #1 FOR WEEK OF JUNE 22nd AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS--

OUTPERFORMS “Conan” AND “LETTERMAN” IN ORIGINALS

Nightline” GROWS AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS 28% WEEK TO WEEK AND 25% YEAR-TO-YEAR

Nightline” BESTS “LETTERMAN” FOR #2 SPOT AMONG A18-49, A25-54

ABC News “Nightline” was #1 among Total Viewers for the week of June 22, 2009, outperforming NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” by 200,000 viewers and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” by 430,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The last time “Nightline” bested both CBS and NBC among Total Viewers was election week, November 2008. The last time “The Tonight Show” was not the number one program at 11:35pm two weeks in a row, not including the writer’s strike in 2007, was in 1996, when “Nightline” placed first.

With an average of 3.89 million Total Viewers for the week, “Nightline” grew +25% versus the same week last year, as “Conan” declined -4% and “Letterman” increased +1%. Week to week, “Nightline” increased the most versus the competition; +28% among Total Viewers and +40% among Adults 25-54.

Having recently completed the 2008-2009 broadcast Primetime season in second place among Total Viewers, “Nightline” maintains its second place position among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the broadcast News season.  Season-to-date, the program is up +13% with 3.82 million Total Viewers and +3% with 1.67 million Adults 25-54 compared to last season.

“Nightline” also outperformed “Letterman” among Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. “Nightline” increased +13% among A25-54 and +13% among A18-49 compared to last year.

On Wednesday June 24, “Nightline” broadcast “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” a conversation about health care with President Obama.  Thursday and Friday, the show was dedicated to covering the life and death of Michael Jackson.

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 June 22, 2009)

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

ABC “Nightline”         3,890,000     1,580,000/ 1.3       1,260,000/ 1.0

CBS “Late Show”         3,460,000     1,300,000/ 1.0       1,050,000/ .8

NBC “Tonight”           3,690,000     1,970,000/ 1.6       1,850,000/ 1.4

Source: NTI

 
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