via press release:

“Nightline” Finishes as the No. 1 Program in Latenight for the 5th Consecutive Week in All Key Demos


“Nightline” Has Taken the Top Spot in Latenight in All 3 Demos for the 8th Time in the Last 9 Weeks

Season to Date, “Nightline” Ranks No. 1 in Latenight Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49



ABC’s “Nightline” finished as the No. 1 program in latenight for the 5th consecutive week in all target demos: Total Viewers (3.899 million), Adults 25-54 (1.504 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.197 million), for the week of April 23, 2012, according to Nielsen Media Research.  “Nightline” has taken the top spot in latenight in all 3 demos for the 8th time in the last 9 weeks.

“Nightline” was up week to week in Total Viewers (+4%), Adults 25-54 (+3%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%).


Season to date, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 in latenight among 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 2nd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in all 3 measures.


During the week of April 23, Nightline investigated abusive debt agencies and; took a closer look at children living in poverty on the Texas-Mexico border; reported on Jennifer Hudson’s testimony at the trial of the man accused of murdering her family members; and featured interviews with American Apparel CEO Dov Charney, Carrie Underwood and Jimmy Kimmel as he readied for the White House Correspondents Association dinner.


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.


(Week of April 23, 2012)


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

ABC “Nightline”       3,889,000       1,504,000/ 1.2      1,197,000/ 0.9

CBS “Late Show”       2,943,000       1,208,000/ 1.0        897,000/ 0.7

NBC “Tonight Show”    3,514,000       1,343,000/ 1.1      1,018,000/ 0.8


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 4/23/12, 4/16/12 & 4/25/11. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 4/29/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 – 5/1/11).


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