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[01/27/11 - 10:22 AM]
"Nightline" is No. 1 Season to Date Among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers for First Time Since 1993
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 17-21.

[via press release from ABC]

Ratings Report for ABC News' "Nightline" For the Week of January 17, 2011

"NIGHTLINE" IS NO. 1 SEASON TO DATE AMONG ADULTS 25-54 AND TOTAL VIEWERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1993

"NIGHTLINE" IS NO. 2 IN TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54 FOR THE WEEK

ABC News' "Nightline" took second in Total Viewers (3.86 million), Adults 25-54 (1.60 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.20 million), beating CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 17, 2011.

Season to date, "Nightline" ranks in first place among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. 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. In addition, "Nightline" is up by +3% in Adults 25-54 season to date compared to the same point last year.

For the 3rd week in a row, "Nightline" improved on the same week last year in Total Viewers (+5%), Adults 25-54 (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%). In fact, the ABC program grew over the same week last year in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in 6 of the last 7 weeks. Among the three late night shows, "Nightline" stood as the only program to build on the year-ago week in all three Nielsen measures.

*Note: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, ABC's and NBC's Monday telecast were coded as specials and excluded from the weekly average.

ABC News' "Nightline" is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Vicki Mabrey are correspondents. James Goldston is the executive producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

(Week of January 17, 2011)

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

ABC "Nightline" 3,860,000 1,600,000/ 1.3 1,200,000/ 0.9

CBS "Late Show" 3,770,000 1,580,000/ 1.3 1,140,000/ 0.9

NBC "Tonight" 3,870,000 1,660,000/ 1.3 1,280,000/ 1.0

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live+SD weeks of 1/17/11, 1/10/11 & 1/18/10. Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for 10-11 Season - 9/20/10 - 1/21/11.

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of January 17, 2011

As the Only Broadcast Net to Build Over the Year-Ago Week in Both Viewers and Key Adults, ABC Late-Night Turns in its 3rd Straight Week of Year-Over-Year Increases

"Nightline" is No. 1 Season to Date Among Adults 25-54 and Total Viewers for First Time Since 1993

ABC News' "Nightline" is No. 2 in Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 for the Week

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Stands as the Only Entertainment Program in Late-Night to Post Year-to-Year Increases in Viewers and Adults 18-49

"JKL" Tops CBS' "Ferguson" in Adults 18-49 for the 4th Week in a Row

ABC Late-Night (Monday - Friday)

During the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday week, ABC Late-Night was up over the same week last year (w/o 1/18/10) by 8% in Total Viewers (2.32 million vs. 2.15 million), by 10% in Adults 18-49 (837,000 vs. 761,000) and by 16% in Adults 25-54 (1.06 million vs. 911,000), scoring its 3rd straight week of year-to-year increases. In fact, ABC stood as the only broadcast network in late-night to build over the year-ago week in all three measures.

"Nightline" (Monday - Friday)

For the week of January 17, 2011, ABC News' "Nightline" took second in Total Viewers (3.86 million), Adults 25-54 (1.60 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.20 million), beating CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," according to Nielsen Media Research for the week of January 17, 2011.

· Season-to-date, "Nightline" ranks in first place among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. This is the first time 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 +3% in Adults 25-54 season-to-date compared to the same point last year.

· For the 3rd week in a row, "Nightline" improved on the same week last year in Total Viewers (+5%), Adults 25-54 (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+6%). In fact, the ABC program grew over the same week last year in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in 6 of the last 7 weeks. Among the three late night shows, "Nightline" stood as the only program to build on the year-ago week in all three Nielsen measures.

*Note: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, ABC's and NBC's Monday telecast were coded as specials and excluded from the weekly average.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday - Friday)

During the week of January 17, 2011, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was up in both Total Viewers (+8% -- 1.69 million vs. 1.57 million) and Adults 18-49 (+11% -- 689,000 vs. 618,000) over the year-ago week (w/o 1/18/10), turning in its 3rd consecutive week of year-to-year increases. Impressively, "JKL" stood as the only late-night entertainment program among the broadcast networks to post year-to-year increases in both viewers and the key young adult demo.

· ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" topped CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" by 7% in Adults 18-49 (689,000 vs. 646,000), beating the CBS late-night program for the 4th week in a row.

*Note: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Monday telecast was coded as a special and excluded from the weekly average.

Late-Night Rank:

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

ABC 2,320,000 837,000 1,060,000

CBS 2,650,000 872,000 1,200,000

NBC 2,360,000 910,000 1,110,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 1/17/11, 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."

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of January 17, 2011

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Stands as the Only Entertainment Program in Late-Night to Post Year-to-Year Increases in Viewers and Adults 18-49

"JKL" Tops CBS' "Ferguson" in Adults 18-49 for the 4th Week in a Row

Weekly National Ratings:

During the week of January 17, 2011, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was up in both Total Viewers (+8% -- 1.69 million vs. 1.57 million) and Adults 18-49 (+11% -- 689,000 vs. 618,000) over the year-ago week (w/o 1/18/10), turning in its 3rd consecutive week of year-to-year increases. Impressively, "JKL" stood as the only late-night entertainment program among the broadcast networks to post year-to-year increases in both viewers and the key young adult demo.

· ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" topped CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" by 7% in Adults 18-49 (689,000 vs. 646,000), beating the CBS late-night program for the 4th week in a row.

*Note: Due to the Martin Luther King holiday, "Jimmy Kimmel Live's" Monday telecast was coded as a special and excluded from the weekly average.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 1/17/11, or as dated. Comparisons based on 000s.





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