'Nightline' Grows Week-to-Week in All Key Demos

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January 31st, 2013

via press release:

“Nightline” Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers for 3rd Straight Week and No. 1 in Key Adult 25-54 Demo for 2nd Time in 3 Weeks in New Time Period


“Nightline” Grows Week-to-Week in All Key Demos


“Nightline” Improves ABC’s Year-to-Year Performance at 12:35 am in Total Viewers (+29%) and Adults 25-54 (+21%) for 3rd Time in 3 Weeks



For the week of January 21, 2013, “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in its new 12:35 a.m. time-slot in Total Viewers (1.761 million) and Adults 25-54 (785,000), according to Nielsen Media Research.  For the 3rd straight week, “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers, while ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54 for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.  


“Nightline” was up week to week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%).  In fact, “Nightline” posted its strongest performance yet in its new time period in Total Viewers.


On Thursday (1/24/13), “Nightline” turned in its strongest telecast to date in its new time-slot in Total Viewers (2.147 million) and Adults 18-49 (761,000).


For the 3rd time in 3 weeks in its new time-period, “Nightline” improved on ABC’s performance in the time period year to year in Total Viewers (+29%) and Adults 25-54 (+21%) – 1.365 million and 650,000, respectively, on w/o 1/23/12.  

On average in its new time period, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54, ahead of both NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”  


“Nightline” dedicated Monday night’s broadcast to covering all aspects of President Obama’s historic Inauguration, from his speech and call to action to the glamour and gowns at the inauguration balls.  Also during the week of January 21st, “Nightline” investigated what’s really inside some of the food you buy;  went up close and personal with Prince Harry; took a closer look at shocking online romance hoaxes, including the deceptions and lies necessary to pull off these so-called catfish scams; reported why hidden digital footprints may mean the end of infidelity as we know it; put the latest celebrity fitness craze to the test; and hit the slopes with X-games and Olympic superstar Shaun White, among other reports.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. Juju Chang is a correspondent. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights from 12:35 a.m., ET to 1:00 a.m. on the ABC Television Network.  Together with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Nightline” is part of ABC’s winning late night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming.


Note: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday (1/21/13), ABC's, CBS’ and NBC's Monday telecasts were coded as specials and are excluded from the weekly average.


Week of January 21, 2013  


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


ABC “Nightline”       1,761,000        785,000/ 0.7       550,000/ 0.4

CBS “Late Late Show”  1,297,000        621,000/ 0.5       473,000/ 0.4

NBC “Late Night”      1,515,000        667,000/ 0.6       585,000/ 0.5

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