via press release:

Up Over the Year-Ago Week, ABC Late-Night Turns in its
Second-Best Numbers of the Season, Winning the Week in Late-Night

ABC News’ “Nightline” is No. 1 in Total Viewers,
Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 for the Week

“Nightline” is No. 1 Season to Date Among

Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers for First Time Since 1993

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Posts Second-Highest Adult 18-49 Numbers This Season

“JKL” Beats CBS’ “Ferguson” in Adults 18-49 by its Largest Margin of the Season

ABC Late-Night (Monday – Friday)

During the week of January 10, 2011, ABC Late-Night saw week-to-week increases in Total Viewers (2.55 million vs. 2.47 million), Adults 18-49 (971,000 vs. 928,000) and Adults 25-54 (1.18 million vs. 1.13 million), turning in its best performance in nearly 2 months – since w/o 11/22/10.  In fact, the Net attracted its 2nd-best numbers of the season across all three measures.

Additionally, ABC was up by 16% over the same week last year (w/o 1/11/10) in viewers (2.55 million vs. 2.20 million), by 20% in Adults 18-49 (971,000 vs. 810,000) and by 22% in Adults 25-54 (1.18 million vs. 968,000). In fact, ABC stood as the only broadcast network in late-night to build over the year-ago week in all three measures.

  • During the week of January 10, 2011, ABC posted a first-place finish in late-night in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, and ran in a virtual tie for No. 1 with CBS in Total Viewers (2.55 million vs. 2.58 million).

“Nightline” (Monday – Friday)

ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked as the No. 1 program in late night in Total Viewers (4.03 million), Adults 25-54 (1.70 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.35 million), according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 10, 2011.  “Nightline” stood as the top program across all three measures for the 2nd week in a row.

  • Season to date, “Nightline” ranks in first place among Total Viewers and A25-54. This is the first time “Nightline” that has been in first place at this point in the season since at least the 1993-94 season, when “Letterman” began on CBS.

  • For the 2nd straight week, “Nightline” improved on the year-ago week in Total Viewers (+11%), Adults 25-54 (+18%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%).  In fact, the ABC program grew over the same week last year in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the 5th time in the last 6 weeks.  Amongst the three late night shows, “Nightline” stood as the only program to build on the same week last year in all three Nielsen measures.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (Monday – Friday)

**Note: Wednesday’s “JKL” telecast was delayed due to an extended edition of “Nightline.”

During the week of January 10, 2011, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” drew the show’s 2nd-highest Adults 18-49 audience (784,000) of the season. Building on the previous week for the 3rd week in a row (+4% — 755,000 on w/o 1/3/11), “JKL” registered its best young adult performance in nearly 2 months – since w/o 11/22/10.

In addition, “JKL” was up in both Total Viewers (+12% — 1.81 million vs. 1.61 million) and Adults 18-49 (+19% — 784,000 vs. 657,000) over the year-ago week (w/o 1/11/10), turning in its 2nd consecutive week of year-to-year increases. Impressively, “JKL” posted the largest yearly increase of any late-night program in the key young adult demo.

  • ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” beat CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by 6% in Total Viewers (1.81 million vs. 1.71 million) and by a sizable 25% in Adults 18-49 (784,000 vs. 627,000), besting the CBS late-night program for the 3rd consecutive week in the key young adult demo and with its largest margin of the season.
  • “JKL” topped CBS’ “Ferguson” in Adults 18-49 on each of the 4 nights of the week that the two  aired in their regular time periods: Monday – 779,000 vs. 574,000; Tuesday – 784,000 vs. 708,000; Thursday – 811,000 vs. 653,000; Friday – 762,000 vs. 557,000.

Late-Night Rank:

TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000) A25-54(000)

ABC       2,550,000      971,000     1,180,000

CBS       2,580,000      848,000     1,140,000

NBC       2,460,000      957,000     1,140,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 1/10/11, or as dated.  Comparisons based on 000s. ABC Late-Night = “Nightline” and “JKL”; CBS Late-Night = “Letterman” and “Ferguson”; NBC Late-Night = “Tonight Show,” “Fallon” and “Carson Daly.”

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