via press release:


Nightline Is #1 for the Week in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49


Season to date, “Nightline” Ranks First in Late-night Among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54


“Nightline” Beats CBS’ “The Late Show” for the 19th Straight Week in Adults 18-49,

Its Longest-Ever Stretch of Consecutive Wins over the CBS Program



During the week of June 27, 2011, ABC’s “Nightline” ranked No. 1 among the late-night programs, turning in a 3-week high performance (best since w/o 6/6/11) across each of the key target demos:  Total Viewers (3.788 million), Adults 25-54 (1.436 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.100 million), according to Nielsen Media Research.  In addition, for the 3rd time in the last 5 weeks, the ABC latenight program improved on its year-earlier numbers in all 3 measures: Total Viewers (+8%), Adults 25-54 (+4%) and Adults 18-49 (+2%).


“Nightline” beat CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” by 12% in Total Viewers, by 7% in Adults 25-54 and by 7% in Adults 18-49.  In fact, this represents the 19th straight week that “Nightline” defeated “The Late Show” in Adults 18-49, marking its longest-stretch ever of consecutive wins over the CBS latenight program.


Season to date, “Nightline” ranks first in late-night among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.  This is the first time ever that “Nightline” has been in first place at this point in the season since at least the 1993-94 season, when “Letterman” began on CBS.  In addition, “Nightline” is up by +5% in Total Viewers and by +4% in Adults 25-54 compared to the same point last year.  Season to date “Nightline” is drawing its largest overall audience in 8 years – since the 2002-03 season.


Note: “The Tonight Show” aired late Monday-Friday due to Wimbledon highlights and was retitled “The Tonight Show-JL;” ratings are excluded from the weekly average.


ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Juju Chang are correspondents. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.


Week of June 27, 2011)

                    TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg     A18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC “Nightline”       3,788,000     1,436,000/ 1.2      1,100,000/ 0.8
CBS “Late Show”        3,376,000    1,346,000/ 1.1      1,031,000/ 0.8
NBC “Tonight Show”     2,319,000      987,000/ 0.8        785,000/ 0.6




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 06/27/11, 6/20/11 & 6/28/10.  Most Current:  2010-2011 Broadcast Season (9/20/10 – 7/3/11) and 2009-2010 Broadcast Season (9/21/09 – 7/4/10).

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