Fueled By Michael Jackson Frenzy, Nightline Tops In Late Night Battle

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings

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July 9th, 2009

For the week of June 29 - July 5 in the late night battle, it wasn't so much Conan vs. Dave as it was Michael Jackson vs. everybody else as Nightline swept the competition in adults 18-49 (edging Conan in viewers, but tieing in rating), 25-54 and average viewers.

As I've written several times, I'd completely discount these Jackson frenzy weeks in terms of future predictions. However, it's not clear when the frenzy's going to slow down.

Update: Commenters have noted that both the Tonight Show and Late Night were in repeats for the week. Considering that, it's relative results are impressive vs. Nightline, particularly with the Jackson frenzy.

If/When I see adults 18-34 numbers, I will update the post.

Program Net Adults 18-49 (million) Adults 18-49 rating Adults 25-54 (million) Adults 25-54 rating Viewers (million)
Nightline ABC 1.32 1.0 1.59 1.3 4.02
Tonight Show NBC 1.29 1.0 1.27 1.0 2.42
Late Show CBS 1.10 0.8 1.53 1.2 3.58

All numbers Live+SD

Compiled from press releases.

 
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