Nightline Is #1 For the Week; Bests "Letterman" and "Tonight Show"

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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November 20th, 2009

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While comparing a half hour Nightline to the hour long NBC and CBS shows is still apples to oranges, it's closer than I'd have imagined.

via press release:

Nightline” IS #1 FOR THE WEEK: BESTS “LETTERMAN” AND “Tonight Show” AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS, A25-54 & A18-49

Nightline” POSTS BEST TOTAL VIEWER AND A25-54 DELIVERIES SINCE START OF THE SEASON

Nightline” GROWS +2% AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS YEAR TO YEAR WHILE “Tonight Show” DECLINES -56%

ABC News “Nightline” was #1 among Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers  for the week of November 9, 2009 outperforming NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” according to Nielsen Media Research. This is the second week in a row “Nightline” placed first among Total Viewers. It also marks the twenty-first consecutive week “Nightline” beat “The Tonight Show” among Total Viewers. This is the first time “Nightline” has beaten “The Tonight Show” among Total Viewers for twenty-one consecutive weeks since at least the 1991/92 season, which is as far as records date. Additionally, “Nightline” posted its best total viewer and A25-54 deliveries since the first week of the season.“The Tonight Show” dropped to its lowest total viewer delivery since at least the 91/92 season.

“Nightline” continues to experience growth. Compared to the same week last year, the program increased +2% among Total Viewers as “Tonight” in comparison declined -56%.  Week to week, “Nightline” grew +8% among Total Viewers, +12%among A25-54, and +8% among A18-49.

Season to date, “Nightline” is up +2% among Total Viewers while “The Tonight Show” in comparison has declined -49%.

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 November 9, 2009)

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

ABC “Nightline”         4,190,000     1,710,000/ 1.4   1,420,000/ 1.1

CBS “Late Show”         4,130,000     1,586,000/ 1.3   1,250,000/ .9

NBC “Tonight”           2,280,000     1,280,000/ .9    1,250,000/ .9

Source: NTI - A25-54, Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers – Wks. of 11/9/09, 11/2/09 & 11/10/08 Live +SD.   STD: Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for 9/21/09-11/15/09 & 9/22/08-11/16/08.

 
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