"Nightline" Is #1 Four Weeks In A Row, First Time Since 1995

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings

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July 23rd, 2009

Press releases from ABC and CBS touting their late night numbers arrived within seconds of each other!

Here is ABC's:

For the Week of July 13, 2009

Nightline” IS #1 FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW—FIRST TIME SINCE 1995

Nightline” PLACES FIRST AMONG ADULTS 25-54

Nightline” GROWS 21% AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS YEAR-TO-YEAR WHILE “TONIGHT” DECLINES -38%
For the fourth consecutive week ABC News “Nightline” was #1 among Total Viewers, outperforming NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 13, 2009. This marks the first time in 14 years “Nightline” has placed first four weeks in a row in Total Viewers.

Among Adults 25-54, “Nightline” posted 1,473,000, placing first for the week to “Conan’s” 1,466,000 Adults 25-54.  The two programs tied in the A25-54 rating with a 1.2. NBC’s “The Tonight Show” for the second week in a row experienced the program’s lowest total viewer and A25-54 averages since at least the 1991/ 1992 season. Among Adults 18-49, “Nightline” outperformed “Letterman” for second place.

“Nightline” continues to experience growth season and quarter to date, and year to year.  Averaging 3.74 million Total Viewers for the week, “Nightline” grew +21% versus the same week last year, while “The Tonight Show” in comparison declined -38%.

Season to date “Nightline” is up +14% among Total Viewers, +3% among Adults 25-54 and +6% among Adults 18-49.  Quarter to date, the program has grown +19% among Total Viewers, +3% among Adults 25-54, and +5% among Adults 18-49 while “Conan” declined -39% in Total Viewers, -21% among A25-54 and -9% among A18-49.

Topics covered on last week’s “Nightline” included: the murder of the Billings couple in Florida, the Sotomayor confirmation hearings, Jackson kids custody questions, the global spread of the H1N1 virus, the 40tth anniversary of the lunar landing, the suicide attacks in Indonesia, and the life and death of Walter Cronkite.

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 July 13, 2009)

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

ABC “Nightline”         3,740,000     1,473,000/ 1.2      1,240,000/ .9

CBS “Late Show”         3,450,000     1,326,000/ 1.1      1,010,000/ .8

NBC “Tonight”           2,710,000     1,466,000/ 1.2      1,380,000/ 1.0

Source: NTI

 
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