“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tops CBS’ “Ferguson” in Key Adults for the 7th Week in a Row

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February 17th, 2011

via press release:

ABC Grows its Overall Audience in Late-Night Year to Year

“Nightline” is No. 1 Season to Date Among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers for First Time Since 1993

“JKL” Tops CBS’ “Ferguson” in Key Adults for the 7th Week in a Row

ABC Late-Night (Monday – Friday)

During the week of February 7, 2011, ABC grew its overall audience in late-night over the same week last year (2.36 million vs. 2.34 million) for the 5th time in the last 6 weeks.

  • For the 3rd week in a row, ABC topped NBC in late-night among Adults 25-54 (+5% -- 1.12 million vs. 1.07 million).

“Nightline” (Monday – Friday)

During the week of February 7, 2011, ABC News’ “Nightline” drew 3.76 million Total Viewers, 1.58 million Adults 25-54 and 1.18 million Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

  • Season to date, “Nightline” ranks in first place among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the first time that “Nightline” has been in first place at this point in the season since at least the 1993-94 season, when “Letterman” began on CBS. In addition, “Nightline” is up by +3% in Adults 25-54 season to date compared to the same point last year.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Monday – Friday)

In its new time slot, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” built by 4% in Adults 18-49 (732,000 vs. 706,000) and by 12% among Adults 18-34 (274,000 vs. 245,000) over its performance in its previous time slot this season. In fact, “JKL” improved its lead-in retention among both young adult demos, retaining a strong 78% of its “Nightline” lead-in among Adults 18-34 (274,000 vs. 351,000) for the week of February 7, 2011.

  • ABC’s “JKL” beat CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by 10% in Adults 18-49 (732,000 vs. 666,000) and by 17% in Adults 18-34 (274,000 vs. 235,000), marking the 7th week in a row “JKL” beat the CBS late-night program in both young adult demos.

**Note: Friday’s “JKL” telecast was delayed due to an extended edition of “Nightline.” “JKL” was recoded as “Jimmy Kimmel Live-Late” and was excluded from the average. The program’s weekly average is based on four days only (M-Th).

Late-Night Rank:

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

ABC       2,360,000      875,000    1,120,000

CBS       2,720,000      925,000    1,240,000

NBC       2,440,000      910,000    1,070,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 2/07/11, or as dated.  Comparisons based on 000s. ABC Late-Night = “Nightline” and “JKL”; CBS Late-Night = “Letterman” and “Ferguson”; NBC Late-Night = “Tonight Show,” “Fallon” and “Carson Daly.” “JKL” new time slot = 12:02 am. “JKL” previous time slot (9/20/10-2/2/11) = 12:06 am.

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