Nightline Bests "Tonight Show" For 19th Consecutive Week

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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November 5th, 2009

Standard apples to oranges caveats about ABC comparing one hour shows to its 30 minute Nightline show numbers.

via press release:

Nightline” BESTS “Tonight Show” FOR 19th CONSECUTIVE WEEK

Nightline” TIES “TONIGHT” FOR FIRST PLACE IN A18-49 rating


ABC News “Nightline” is #2 among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the week of October 26, 2009, according to Nielsen Media Research. This marks the nineteenth consecutive week “Nightline” beat NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” among Total Viewers.  The last time “Nightline” beat “Tonight” nineteen consecutive weeks was in 1994. “Nightline” also tied “Tonight” in the A18-49 rating (1.0).

“Nightline” continues to experience growth compared to last year.  The program grew +9% among Total Viewers versus the same week last year as “Tonight” in comparison declined -50%.

Season to date, “Nightline” is up +8% among Total Viewers while “Tonight” in comparison has declined -47%.

Last week, “Nightline” aired a special about the H1N1 virus, a report on the Arizona sweat lodge tragedy, and an inside look at a medevac unit saving lives in Afghanistan.

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 October 26, 2009)

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

ABC “Nightline”         3,960,000     1,530,000/ 1.2   1,280,000/ 1.0

CBS “Late Show”         4,000,000     1,630,000/ 1.3   1,240,000/ .9

NBC “Tonight”           2,440,000     1,360,000/ 1.1   1,300,000/ 1.0

Source: NTI - A25-54, Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers – Wks. of 10/26/09 & 10/27/08 Live +SD.   STD: Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for 9/21/09-11/1/09 & 9/22/08-11/2/08.

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