ABC Wins the First Full Week of the May Sweep in Late-Night in Viewers and AD18-49

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May 9th, 2013


via press release:

Based on National Live + Same Day Ratings:


With its late-night lineup of Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35pm and Nightline at 12:35am, ABC won the first full week of the May 2013 sweep (w/o 4/29/13). The Net grew over the prior week by 3% in Total Viewers and 3% in Adults 18-49. ABC was the most-watched network in late-night for the 9th time in 17 weeks with its new lineup — beating the wins of CBS (5) and NBC (3) combined. Taking the top spot in 14 of 17 weeks with its new lineup, ABC stood as the #1 network in late-night once again in Adults 18-49, leading CBS by 15% and NBC by 3%.


During the week of April 29, 2013, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live was up week to week in both Total Viewers (+3%) and Adults 18-49 (+2%). JKL also grew over its performance on the same week last year by 30% in Total Viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49, growing year over year in each of the 17 weeks since its move to 11:35pm. Despite airing a repeat telecast on Friday, ABC’s JKL topped a week of all-original episodes of CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman by 7% in Adults 18-49, marking the ABC program’s 5th win in 6 weeks over The Late Show. Since the move to 11:35pm (17 week average), ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live stands just 105,000 Adult 18-49 viewers from NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In fact, JKL has eliminated three-quarters of its young adult gap with The Tonight Show since the move to 11:35pm, as more than 400,000 Adult 18-49 viewers stood between the two late-night programs during the same 17 weeks last year. JKL outdelivers CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman by 60,000 Adult 18-49 viewers head to head at 11:35pm (+7%). Among Adults 18-34, ABC’s JKL ties NBC’s Tonight Show as the #1 broadcast talk show in late-night, while leading CBS’ The Late Show by 17%.


For the week of April 29, 2013, ABC News’ Nightline drew 1.558 million Total Viewers, 690,000 Adults 25-54 and 512,000 Adults 18-49. For the 2nd straight week, Nightline beat CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson across all key target demos – Total Viewers (+193,000), Adults 25-54 (+37,000) and Adults 18-49 (+51,000). Nightline saw week-to-week increases in Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+11%) and Adults 18-49 (+8%). In fact, Nightline drew its 2nd-most-watched week in more than 3 months – since w/o 1/21/13, behind only the week of its coverage of the events in Boston (w/o 4/15/13). On Thursday (5/2/13), Nightline ranked #1 in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 versus CBS’ The Late Late Show and NBC’s Late Night.

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