ABC's 'Nightline' Posts Week-to-Week Gains in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 to Hit 7-Week Highs

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August 22nd, 2013


via press release:


On Average in New Time Period, “Nightline” Continues to Grow Year-to-Year in Total Viewers and Outperforms CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in All Key Target Demos

ABC News’ “Nightline” averaged 1.397 million Total Viewers, 604,000 Adults 25-54 and 452,000 Adults 18-49 for the week of August 12, 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research.  “Nightline” outperformed CBS’ “The Late Late Show” in Total Viewers (+183,000), Adults 25-54 (+74,000) and Adults 18-49 (+49,000).

For the 2nd straight week, “Nightline” posted week-to-week gains (1.369 million, 556,000, and 440,000, respectively, on w/o 8/5/13) across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+2%), Adults 25-54 (+9%) and Adults 18-49 (+3%) to hit 7-week highs – since w/o 6/24/13.

On average in its new time period, “Nightline” has improved ABC’s performance compared to the same weeks last year in Total Viewers (+4%).  In addition, “Nightline” leads CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” across the board: Total Viewers (+140,000), Adults 25-54 (+23,000) and Adults 18-49 (+4,000).

During the week of August 12th, “Nightline” traveled to the birthplace of democracy to meet the fastest-growing far-right party in Greece; reported on the heated custody battle between Usher and ex-wife Tameka; and explored the secrets to living a longer, healthier life.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Dan Abrams 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.

Week of August 12, 2013:

PROGRAM AVERAGES    TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg   A18-49(000)/Rtg
ABC “Nightline”       1,397,000        604,000/0.5       452,000/0.4
CBS “Late Late Show”  1,214,000        530,000/0.4       403,000/0.3
NBC “Late Night”      1,549,000        703,000/0.6       599,000/0.5

Source:  The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 8/12/13, 8/5/13 and 8/13/12.  ABC, CBS and NBC program averages (1/7 – 8/18/13), excludes 1/7/13 telecast of “Nightline.”  Year-ago program averages – 1/10 – 8/19/12.

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