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ABC is the Week’s No. 1 Network in Late-Night in Total Viewers


ABC’s “Kimmel” is the Only 11:35pm Talk Show Up Week to Week in Adults 18-49


“Nightline” Posts Week to Week and Year to Year Gains in Viewers and Adults 18-49


ABC Late-Night (Monday – Friday)

With its late-night lineup of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 p.m. and “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m. during the week of February 9, 2015, ABC saw week to week gains of 7% in Total Viewers (2.419 million vs. 2.264 million) and 5% in Adults 18-49 (699,000 vs. 668,000) to stand as the only broadcaster to grow in both Nielsen measures, as CBS was mixed (+3%/-3%), while NBC was down by double-digits (-10%/-13%).


ABC grew its overall audience over the same week last year (2.261 million on w/o 2/10/14) for the 3rd week in a row (+7%).


·         ABC was the most-watched network in late-night (2.419 million), outdrawing NBC by 9% (2.215 million) and CBS by 15% (2.110 million).


“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (M-F 11:35 p.m.)

During the week of February 9, 2015, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was up over the prior week in both Total Viewers (+6% – 2.756 million vs. 2.610 million) and Adults 18-49 (+4% – 783,000 vs. 756,000). In fact, ABC’s “Kimmel” was the only 11:35 p.m. talk show to post week to week growth in the key young adult demo (“Fallon” was down -10% and “Letterman” declined -5%).


ABC’s “Kimmel” was up over the year-ago week (2.621 million on w/o 2/10/14) for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers (+5%).


·         ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was the week’s No. 2 late-night talk show in Adults 18-49 (783,000), behind only NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”


“Nightline” (M-F 12:35 a.m.)

ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked No. 1 versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.748 million) for the week of February 9, 2015. In fact, “Nightline” has won the week in Total Viewers in 15 of the last 17 weeks. “Nightline outdelivered CBS’ “The Late Late Show” (+348,000) and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (+179,000). 


“Nightline” posted week-to-week gains (1.587 million, 652,000 and 497,000, respectively on w/o 2/2/15) in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%).


“Nightline” improved on the same week last year (w/o 2/10/14) in Total Viewers (+12% – 1.748 million vs. 1.560 million) and Adults 18-49 (+3% – 531,000 vs. 517,000), seeing year-to-year, overall viewer gains for the last 3 weeks.


“Nightline” claimed the No. 1 12:35 a.m. telecast of the week with its Thursday airing (2/12/15) in Total Viewers (1.889 million) and Adults 18-49 (714,000), leading every telecast of the week of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”   



Late-Night (Week of Feb 9):    TOTAL VIEWERS   A18-49(000) 

ABC                               2,419,000       699,000

CBS                               2,110,000       509,000

NBC                               2,215,000       838,000



Please note: Wayne Brady was the guest host for CBS’ “The Late Late Show” during the week.




Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 2/9/15, 2/2/15 & 2/10/14.

Posted by:Steve Baron

VP/Digital for TV station ownership group; Dad to young twins, runner, skier & spend a lot of times in airplanes.

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