'Nightline' is Number One at 12:35AM

Categories: Late Night TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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January 9th, 2013

via press release:

“Nightline” #1 at 12:35 am

Bests “Ferguson” and “Fallon” in New Time Period


On January 8, 2013, the 12:35 a.m. time period debut ABC’s “Nightline” drew 1.721 million Total Viewers, according to Fast National Preliminary Live + Same Day Nielsen data. In its common half-hour versus its CBS and NBC competition, “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in overall viewers, outdrawing CBS’ ”Late Late Show Show with Craig Ferguson” by 303,000 (1.418 million) and NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” by 218,000 (1.503 million).



In addition, “Nightline” outperformed CBS’ “Late Late Show” in the common half-hour by 39,000 Adults 25-54 (669,000 vs. 630,000) and by 9,000 Adults 18-49 (464,000 vs. 455,000).


January 8, 2013


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

ABC “Nightline” 1,721,000 669,000/ 0.6 464,000/ 0.4

CBS “Late Late Show” 1,302,000 558,000/ 0.5 417,000/ 0.3

NBC “Late Night” 1,347,000 715,000/ 0.6 554,000/ 0.4



ABC “Nightline” 1,721,000 669,000/ 0.6 464,000/ 0.4

CBS “Late Late Show” 1,418,000 630,000/ 0.5 455,000/ 0.4

NBC “Late Night” 1,503,000 802,000/ 0.7 617,000/ 0.5


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults18-49 Live + SD for 01/08/13, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals Preliminary data.

  • JFC

    Very sad to see this happen. It was nice when we had the choice to see something other than a comic/talk show at 11:30.

  • GARebelman

    Ah, very refreshing to see the PR department is doing apples to oranges comparisons to this now. I’d love to see how Nightline in that first half hour did against the two but they won’t show that.

  • Martin

    Is that good for Nightline compared to it’s audience in it’s previous timeslot?. – What did it average before?.

  • Drum

    If i’m reading ABC’s press releases correctly

    half hour averages are
    in 18-49 1st 2nd loss
    for Fallon 617k 491k 126k
    for Ferguson 455k 379k 76k

    in total viewers 1st 2nd loss
    for Fallon 1,503m 1,191m 312k
    for Ferguson 1,418m 1,186m 232k

    loss from their lead-in total viewers 18-49
    Fallon 1,927m(from 3,274m) 530k(from 1,084m)
    Nightline 1,376m(from 3,097m) 423k(from 887k)
    Ferguson 1,580m(from 2,882m) 266k(from 683k)

    loss from their lead-in 1st half total viewers 18-49
    Fallon 1,771m 467k
    Ferguson 1,464m 228k

    If i’m not mistaken Leno’s 18-49 number is 1,084m from:

    “”Jimmy Kimmel Live” ran neck-and-neck with NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (3.097 million vs. 3.274 million), as only 177,000 Total Viewers separated the two programs on Tuesday… while cutting its gap among young adults by half (-48% – 197,000 vs. 381,000).
    “Jimmy Kimmel Live” beat CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” by 7% in Total Viewers (3.097 million vs. 2.882 million) and by 30% in Adults 18-49 (887,000 vs. 683,000).”

    Simple math gives 887000+197000=1084000

  • @GARebelman

    @GARebelman, you sound bitter. Are you a Leno or Letterman fanboy?

  • fakeem

    So Nightline , at a later timeslot, STILL outrates Kimmel, so that proves they care more about 18-49. ick

  • RJ


    They put common averages at the bottom.

  • Douglas in TN

    Want to read a Leno fanboi? Look for Neal aka Mario. Astonishing.

  • GARebelman

    @RJ – ah yes I wasn’t paying attention to that one by bad. Even so, Nightline didn’t beat Fallon in either one of those demos. I wish somebody them or NBC would show half hours of the 11:35 shows.

  • Gary Middleton

    Overnights can get revised, but as it stands right now, Nightline really got destroyed by Fallon. And from what we’ve seen with revisions, probably lost to Ferguson too. And that’s with a way better lead-in than they’re likely to get most nights. Not a surprise, imo. Nightline following Kimmel has the same problem as Kimmel had following Nightline.

  • Brad

    I should have seen this coming but I didn’t. ABC was always the king of comparing apples and oranges for the past 10 years. Comparing a half hour Nightline to the full hour of Leno and Lettermam along with comparing Kimmel to Ferguson and Fallon when he had a 30-minute or more advantage in the time slot. Now their comparing thw half-hour Nightline to the full-hour of Fergsuon and Fallon. Disgraceful. People can’t watch a full our of a late night show. It’s bed time! Bed time is typically 10pm to midnight in this country. Anything after makes it tough for them to build an audience.

  • Brad

    @fakeem, Well now ABC had two shows technically leading their time periods.

  • David Howell

    Interesting how much younger Leno skews. Has he always been the youngest-skewing of the late night comics? That might explain why NBC rolled the dice with 10pm Leno a while back.

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