ABC Sees its Best Performance in Late-Night in 4 Weeks in Viewers and Adults 18-49

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ABC Sees its Best Performance in Late-Night in 4 Weeks in Viewers and Adults 18-49


ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Soars to a 4-Week High in Adults 18-49


“Nightline” Improves in Key Target Adult Demos Week to Week  



ABC Late-Night (Monday – Friday)

With its late-night lineup of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 p.m. and “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. during the week of June 3, 2013, ABC was up by 6% in Total Viewers (2.027 million vs. 1.915 million) and by 15% in Adults 18-49 (737,000 vs. 641,000) to hit a 4-week high in late-night among young adults – since the week of 5/4/13.


  • ABC beat CBS by 4% in Total Viewers (2.027 million vs. 1.941 million) and by 19% in Adults 18-49 (737,000 vs. 621,000), increasing its demo advantage for the 2nd week in a row.


“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (M-F 11:35 p.m.)

During the week of June 3, 2013, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” delivered its best performance among Adults 18-49 (842,000) in 4 weeks (since w/o 5/6/13), despite airing repeat telecasts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “JKL” was up over the year-ago week (which consisted of 1 repeat and 4 original telecasts) by 32% among young adults (638,000 on w/o 6/4/12). In fact, this week marked “JKL’s” 22nd consecutive week of year-over-year growth in Adults 18-49.


  • Thursday’s telecast of “JKL” (on 6/6/13), which featured guest Will Smith, was the show’s strongest regular telecast on any night in over 4 years among Adults 18-49 (1.339 million) – since Monday, 3/2/09. On Thursday night, “JKL” was the No. 1 talk show in late-night in the key young adult demo, holding a 40% advantage over runner-up NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (954,000).


  • Despite airing only 2 original telecasts during the week, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” outdelivered CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” with 4 original telecasts by 9% in Adults 18-49 (842,000 vs. 771,000) and by 5% in Adults 18-34 (275,000 vs. 261,000). Further, “JKL” beat “Letterman” in Adults 18-49 on both of “JKL’s” original telecasts: Tuesday +16% (876,000 vs. 755,000) and Thursday +61% (1.339 million vs. 831,000).


“Nightline” (M-F 12:35 a.m.)

For the week of June 3, 2013, ABC News’ “Nightline” averaged 1.455 million Total Viewers, 646,000 Adults 25-54 and 515,000 Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. “Nightline” posted an across-the-board victory over CBS’ “The Late Late Show:” Total Viewers (+169,000), Adults 25-54 (+45,000) and Adults 18-49 (+37,000).  In fact, “Nightline” has beaten “The Late Late Show” in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 for the 8th straight week and in 7 of the last 8 in Adults 25-54.


“Nightline” was up week to week in Adults 25-54 (+6%) and Adults 18-49 (+8%) – 610,000 and 477,000, respectively, on w/o 5/27/13.



Late-Night (Week of June 3): TOTAL VIEWERS   A18-49(000)

ABC                            2,027,000       737,000

CBS                            1,941,000       621,000

NBC                            2,256,000       784,000



Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for weeks of 6/3/13, 5/27/13 & 6/4/12 or as dated. Comparisons based on 000s.


ABC Late-Night = “JKL” and “Nightline”; CBS Late-Night = “Late Show” and “Ferguson”; NBC Late-Night = “Tonight Show,” “Fallon” and “Carson Daly.”

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