ABC News "Nightline" Is #1 For The Week

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June 4th, 2010

via press release:

ABC NEWS NightlineIS #1 IN FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 24

FOR THE MAY SWEEP, “Nightline” IS #2 – BEST MAY SWEEP RESULT SINCE 2000

Nightline IS #2 FOR THE PRIMETIME BROADCAST SEASON AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 18-49 – BESTS

“THE Tonight Show” BY BIGGEST MARGIN SINCE 1994/95

ABC News “Nightline” placed first among Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49, and Total Viewers for the week of May 24, 2010outperforming CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” according to Nielsen Media Research.  Among Total Viewers, “Nightline” posted 4.39 million, increasing + 55% compared to the same week last year while “The Tonight Show” in comparison decreased -44%. Week to week, “Nightline” grew +18% among Total Viewers and +16%among A25-54. “Nightline” averaged 1.86 million (1.5 rating) among Adults 25-54, increasing + 63% compared to the same week last year while “The Tonight Show” declined -45%. Among A18-49, “Nightline” grew +60% year to year and +15% week to week. *Note: “Nightline” was based on a 4-day average last week (Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday).

For the 2010 May Sweep, “Nightline” placed second among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49.  The last time “Nightline” placed second among both A25-54 and Total Viewers for a May sweep was in 2000. This marks the second consecutive May sweep “Nightline” was #2 among A18-49.  Additionally, “Nightline” was the only show versus the competition to increase versus the May 2009 sweep, +3% among A25-54 and +1% among Total Viewers while “The Tonight Show” in comparison decreased -19% among Total Viewers and -18% among A25-54 and “Letterman” declined -5% among Total Viewers and -2% among A25-54.

Nightline” shrunk the total viewing and A25-54 gaps with “Leno” for a May sweep to its smallest in 15years—since May 1995. “Nightline” also cut the total viewing and A25-54 gaps with NBC by -79% vs. the May 2009 sweep. “Nightline’s total viewing lead over “Letterman” was +157% (220,000) larger compared to the May 2009 sweep.

For the just completed 2009/2010 primetime broadcast season, “Nightline” placed second among Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, outperforming “Letterman” in A18-49. Additionally, “Nightline” cut the Adults 25-54 gap with “The Tonight Show” by -81%versus the 2008/ 09 primetime broadcast season. The last time “Nightline’s” total viewing lead over NBC was that large was the 1994/ 95 primetime broadcast season.

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 May 24, 2010)

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

ABC “Nightline”         4,390,000     1,860,000/ 1.5      1,500,000/ 1.1

CBS “Late Show”         3,320,000     1,500,000/ 1.2 1,180,000/ .9

NBC “Tonight”           3,880,000     1,660,000/ 1.3 1,320,000/ 1.0

(May 2010 Sweep)

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

ABC “Nightline”         3,840,000     1,660,000/ 1.3      1,350,000/ 1.0

CBS “Late Show”         3,480,000     1,580,000/ 1.3 1,230,000/ 0.9

NBC “Tonight”           4,100,000     1,780,000/ 1.4 1,450,000/ 1.1

(Average for 09/10 Primetime Broadcast Season)

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

ABC “Nightline”         3,830,000     1,580,000/ 1.3      1,300,000/ 1.0

CBS “Late Show”         3,910,000     1,650,000/ 1.3 1,290,000/ 1.0

NBC “Tonight”           3,340,000     1,670,000/ 1.3 1,490,000/ 1.1

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 5/24/10 & 5/25/09.   Live+7 (where available) & Live + SD for May 2010 Sweep (4/29/10-5/26/10) & May 2009 Sweep (4/23/09-5/20/09) & 09/10 Primetime Broadcast Season (9/21/09-5/26/10) & 08/09 Primetime Broadcast Season (9/22/08-5/20/09).

 
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