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Nightline” is No. 1 for the 4th Quarter in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

Posts Largest 4th Quarter Margins Over NBC in 19 Years (Total Viewer and Adults 25-54) and Over CBS in 14 Years (Total Viewer) and 13 Years (Adults 25-54)

“Nightline” Improves in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Verses Previous Quarter

“Nightline” is No. 1 in Total Viewers for Week of December 24

Season to Date “Nightline” is No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for 3rd Straight Year



ABC’s “Nightline” stood as late-night’s No. 1 program during 4th Quarter 2012 in Total Viewers (3.905 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.437 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. 4Q12 marked the 8th time in 9 quarters that the ABC late-night program led in overall viewers versus NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show,” and in 7 of the last 9 quarters in the key adult news demo.


“Nightline” improved across-the-board versus the previous quarter (3.264 million, 1.213 million, and 920,000, respectively, on 3Q12) among Total Viewers (+20%), Adults 25-54 (+18%) and Adults 18-49 (+17%).


“Nightline” led an NBC Jay Leno-hosted “The Tonight Show” by its largest Total Viewer (+383,000) and Adults 25-54 (+104,000) advantages during a 4th quarter in 19 years – since 4Q93.


“Nightline” posted its widest margins over CBS’ “The Late Show” during a 4th quarter in 14 years in Total Viewers (+796,000) and in 13 years in Adults 25-54 (+222,000) – since 4Q98 and 4Q99, respectively.


Week of December 24, 2012


For the week of December 24, 2012, ABC’s “Nightline” drew 3.617 million Total Viewers, 1.227 million Adults 25-54 and 915,000 Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research, ranking No. 1 for the week in Total Viewers.


For the 5th week in a row, “Nightline” improved on its year-ago performance in Total Viewers (+7% – 3.385 million on w/o 12/26/11).


Season to date, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 among the late-night broadcast programs in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, ahead of both NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.” This marks the 3rd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in overall viewers and in the key adults news demo.


NOTE: Due to Christmas Eve on Monday (12/24/25) and Christmas Day on Tuesday (12/25/12), ABC’s “Nightline,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show” averages are based on 3 days (Wed-Fri).


During the week of December 24th, “Nightline” featured Barbara Walters’ exclusive interview with President and Mrs. Obama; kept viewers up-to-date on the fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington; went in search of the lost ark as Christiane Amanpour previewed her “Back to the Beginning” special; spoke to comedy icons Bette Midler and Billy Crystal, 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 11:35 p.m., ET to 12:00 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.


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


4th Quarter, 2012)

ABC “Nightline” 3,905,000 1,437,000/ 1.2 1,079,000/ 0.9

CBS “Late Show” 3,109,000 1,215,000/ 1.0 923,000/ 0.7

NBC “Tonight Show” 3,522,000 1,333,000/ 1.1 1,048,000/ 0.8


Week of December 24, 2012)


ABC “Nightline” 3,617,000 1,227,000/ 1.0 915,000/ 0.7

CBS “Late Show” 3,071,000 1,182,000/ 1.0 851,000/ 0.7

NBC “Tonight Show” 3,251,000 1,296,000/ 1.1 1,023,000/ 0.8


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 12/24/12, 12/17/12 & 12/26/11. Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/24 – 12/28/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 12/30/11). (Note: Due to coverage of Hurricane Sandy, w/o 10/29/12 was coded as a breakout and is excluded from the season count). Most Current: 4Q12: 9/24/12 – 12/30/12. 3Q11: 6/25 – 9/23/12. 4Q11: 9/19/11 – 12/25/11.

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