Nightline Is #1 Among Total Viewers & A25-54 – Bests “Letterman” and Tonight Show

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December 10th, 2009

via press release:

Nightline” IS #1 AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS & A25-54 –



WHILE “Tonight Show” DECLINES -50%

ABC News “Nightline” was #1 among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers  for the week of November 30, 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 fifth week in a row “Nightline” placed first among Total Viewers. It also marks the twenty-fourth consecutive week “Nightline” beat “Tonight Show” among Total Viewers. This is the first time “Nightline” has beaten “Tonight Show” among Total Viewers for twenty-four consecutive weeks since at least the 1991/92 season, which is as far as records date. Additionally, this marks the 11th consecutive week “Nightline” outperformed “Tonight Show” among A25-54. “Letterman,” which aired repeats last week, experienced the program’s lowest total viewer and A25-54 deliveries of the season so far.

“Nightline” continues to experience growth.  Compared to the same week last year, the program  increased +2%among Total Viewers as “Tonight” in comparison declined -50%.  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 30, 2009)

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

ABC “Nightline”         4,040,000     1,590,000/ 1.3   1,330,000/ 1.0

CBS “Late Show”         3,170,000     1,380,000/ 1.1   1,100,000/.8

NBC “Tonight”           2,680,000     1,530,000/ 1.2   1,430,000/1.1

Source: NTI - - A25-54, Adults 18-49 & Total Viewers – Wks. of 11/30/09, 11/23/09 & 12/1/08 Live +SD.   STD: Live +7 (where available) & Live +SD for 9/21/09-12/6/09 & 9/22/08-12/7/08.

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