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ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Grows for the 3rd Straight Week to its Biggest Audience Since November
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of April 9-13.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Grows for the 3rd Straight Week to its Biggest Audience Since November

Some early points on Jimmy Kimmel Live's weekly numbers, ahead of the regular press release:

During the week of April 9, 2012, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live grew for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers to draw its biggest audience in nearly 5 months - since the week of 11/21/11. JKL also grew for the 3rd consecutive week in Adults 18-49 to post a 4-week high - best since w/o 3/12/12. In addition, JKL built its overall audience by 8% over the same week last year, marking its 2nd straight week to deliver gains over the year-ago week.

· During the week, ABC's JKL stood as the #3 late-night talk show in Total Viewers, behind only NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman.

· ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (M-F 12am) outdrew NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (M-F 12:35am) by double-digit margins for the 3rd week in a row in Total Viewers (+17%), leading the NBC program by impressive margins in all 4 of JKL's original telecasts of the week: Monday (+6%), Tuesday (+49%), Wednesday (+25%) and Thursday (+26%). The ABC late-night program beat Fallon by 12% in Adults 18-49, marking its 3rd straight win over the NBC program.

· ABC's JKL outperformed CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (M-F 12:35am) by an impressive 40% in Total Viewers, drawing a larger overall audience than the CBS program in 29 of the 30 weeks this season. In addition, JKL topped Ferguson by its largest margin of the season in Adults 18-49 (+40%). The ABC late-night program outperformed Ferguson by double-digit percentages in all 5 days of the week in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

· Season to date (30 weeks), JKL is building its overall audience through the same weeks last year by 3% in Total Viewers, growing the most year to year of any late-night broadcast talk show.

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of April 9, 2012

Standing as the Week's No. 1 Network in Late-Night, ABC Posts its Best Performance in Viewers Since November, and in Adults 18-49 Since January

ABC's "Nightline" Stands as Late-Night's No. 1 Program for the 3rd Straight Week

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Grows for the 3rd Straight Week to Bring in its Biggest Audience in Nearly5 Months

ABC Late-Night (Monday - Friday)

With its late-night lineup of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" during the week of April 9, 2012, ABC saw increases over the prior week in Total Viewers (+2% - 2.448 million vs. 2.398 million) and, for the 3rd week in a row, in Adults 18-49 (+7% - 834,000 vs. 778,000) to qualify as the only broadcaster in late-night to grow week to week (CBS was down -5%/-11% respectively; NBC was down -5%/-1%, respectively). ABC generated its largest audience in late-night since November and its best Adult 18-49 number since January - since the weeks of 11/21/11 and 1/16/12, respectively.

ABC also grew its overall late-night audience year to year for the 2nd consecutive week (+6%) and once again stood as the only broadcaster to see yearly growth in Total Viewers (CBS was down -14%; NBC was flat).

For the 3rd week running and the 5th time in the last 6 weeks, ABC qualified as the most-watched network in late-night in Total Viewers (2.448 million), topping CBS by 15% (2.122 million) and NBC by 14% (2.139 million).

ABC also ranked as the No. 1 network in late-night in Adults 18-49 (834,000), beating both CBS (+18% - 708,000) and NBC (+16% - 717,000) by hefty double-digit margins.

"Nightline" (Monday - Friday)

ABC's "Nightline" stood as the No. 1 program in late-night for the 3rd straight week across all target demos -- Total Viewers (3.996 million), Adults 25-54 (1.623 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.246 million) -- for the week of April 9, 2012, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the 6th time in the last 7 weeks "Nightline" has ranked No. 1 in all 3 measures.

"Nightline" improved week to week in Total Viewers (+1%), Adults 25-54 (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%). "Nightline" turned in its strongest Adults 18-49 performance in nearly 2 months - since w/o 1/16/12.

"Nightline" was up over the same week last year in Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+1%), standing as the only program to grow year to year in both measures versus NBC's "The Tonight Show" (-4% and -10%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Show" (-14% and -20%, respectively).

Excluding the 2-day average of Thanksgiving week, "Nightline" led NBC's "The Tonight Show" during a week of originals with its largest margins of the season in all 3 demos: Total Viewers (576,000), Adults 25-54 (286,000) and Adults 25-54 (211,000).

Similarly, "Nightline" turned in its largest non-Thanksgiving week advantages of the season over CBS' "The Late Show" in Adults 25-54 (411,000) and Adults 18-49 (319,000).

Season to date, "Nightline" ranks No. 1 in late-night 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 demos.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday - Friday)

During the week of April 9, 2012, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" grew for the 3rd straight week in Total Viewers (1.875 million) and Adults 18-49 (681,000) to draw its biggest overall audience in nearly 5 months - since the week of 11/21/11. In addition, "JKL" built its overall audience by 8% over the same week last year (1.734 million on w/o 4/11/11), marking its 2nd straight week to deliver gains over the year-ago week.

ABC's "JKL" stood as the week's No. 3 late-night talk show in Total Viewers (1.875 million), behind only NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (3.420 million) and CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" (2.886 million).

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (M-F 12:00 a.m.) outdrew NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (M-F 12:35 a.m.) by double-digit margins for the 3rd week in a row in Total Viewers (+17% - 1.875 million vs. 1.609 million), leading the NBC program by impressive margins in all 4 "JKL" original telecasts of the week: Monday (+6%), Tuesday (+49%), Wednesday (+25%) and Thursday (+26%). The ABC late-night program beat "Fallon" by 12% in Adults 18-49 (681,000 vs. 610,000), marking its 3rd straight win over the NBC program.

ABC's "JKL" outperformed CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (M-F 12:35 a.m.) by an impressive 40% in Total Viewers (1.875 million vs. 1.342 million), drawing a larger overall audience than the CBS program in 29 of the 30 weeks this season. In addition, "JKL" topped "Ferguson" by its largest margin of the season in Adults 18-49 (+40% - 681,000 vs. 485,000). The ABC late-night program outperformed "Ferguson" by double-digit percentages in all 5 days of the week in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49.

Season to date (30 weeks), "JKL" is building its overall audience through the same weeks last year by 3% in Total Viewers (1.771 million vs. 1.722 million), growing the most year to year of any late-night broadcast talk show.

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

ABC 2,448,000 834,000

CBS 2,122,000 708,000

NBC 2,139,000 717,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 4/9/12, 4/2/12 & 4/11/11 or as dated. Most Current: 11-2012 Season (9/19 - 4/15/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 - 4/17/11). 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."

Ratings report for ABC News' Nightline For First Quarter 2012 week of April 9, 2012

ABC's "Nightline" Stands as the No. 1 Program in Latenight for the 3rd Straight Week Across All Target Demos

For the 6th Time in the Last 7 Weeks "Nightline" Has Ranked No. 1 in All 3 Measures

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

ABC's "Nightline" stood as the No. 1 program in latenight for the 3rd straight week across all target demos: Total Viewers (3.996 million), Adults 25-54 (1.623 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.246 million), for the week of April 9, 2012, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the 6th time in the last 7 weeks "Nightline" has ranked No. 1 in all 3 measures.

"Nightline" improved week to week in Total Viewers (+1%), Adults 25-54 (+13%) and Adults 18-49 (+14%). "Nightline" turned in its strongest Adults 18-49 performance in nearly 2 months - since w/o 1/16/12.

"Nightline" was up over the same week last year in Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+1%), standing as the only program to grow year-to-year in both measures versus NBC's "The Tonight Show" (-4% and -10%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Show" (-14% and -20%, respectively).

Excluding the 2-day average of Thanksgiving week, "Nightline" led NBC's "The Tonight Show" during a week of originals with its largest margins of the season in all 3 demos: Total Viewers (576,000), Adults 25-54 (286,000) and Adults 18-49 (211,000).

Similarly, "Nightline" turned in its largest non-Thanksgiving week advantages of the season over CBS' "The Late Show" in Adults 25-54 (411,000) and Adults 25-54 (319,000).

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 demos.

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 9, 2012)

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

ABC "Nightline" 3,996,000 1,623,000/ 1.3 1,246,000/ 1.0

CBS "Late Show" 2,886,000 1,212,000/ 1.0 927,000/ 0.7

NBC "Tonight Show" 3,420,000 1,337,000/ 1.1 1,035,000/ 0.8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI (Total Viewers and Adults 25-54); Live+SD for 4/9/12, 4/2/12 & 4/11/11. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 - 4/15/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 - 4/17/11).





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