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[06/06/13 - 10:58 AM]
For the Seventh Straight Week, "Nightline" Beats CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of May 27-31.

[via press release from ABC]

Ratings Report for ABC News' "Nightline" For the Week of May 27, 2013

FOR THE SEVENTH STRAIGHT WEEK, "NIGHTLINE" BEATS CBS' "THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON" IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ADULTS 18-49

"Nightline" Improves ABC's Year-to-Year Performance at 12:35 a.m. In Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 25-54 (+3%)

On Average in its New Time Period, "Nightline" Continues to Improve ABC's Year-to-Year Performance in Total Viewers (+7%)

For the week of May 27, 2013, ABC News' "Nightline" averaged 1.448 million Total Viewers, 610,000 Adults 25-54 and 477,000 Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the 7th week in row, "Nightline" beat CBS' "The Late Late Show" in Total Viewers (+127,000) and Adults 18-49 (+24,000).

"Nightline" was up over ABC's numbers in the time-slot on the year-ago week in Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 25-54 (+3%) - 1.372 million and 590,000 on w/o 5/28/12. "Nightline" has posted year-to-year Total Viewers gains in 3 of the last 4 weeks.

On average in its new time period, "Nightline" has improved on ABC's performance compared to the same weeks last year in Total Viewers (+7%). In addition, "Nightline" leads CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" across the board: Total Viewers (+142,000), Adults 25-54 (+27,000) and Adults 18-49 (+2,000).

On average in its new time period, "Nightline" has improved ABC's performance compared to the same weeks last year in Total Viewers (+7%). In addition, "Nightline" leads CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" across the board: Total Viewers (+142,000), Adults 25-54 (+27,000) and Adults 18-49 (+2,000).

During the week of May 27th, "Nightline" reported live from Oklahoma as residents were once again being battered by deadly tornadoes; went with Diane Sawyer inside one of the country's most dangerous high schools; aired Brian Ross' investigation of the ex-mobster turned FBI informant who might be back to his life of crime; and introduced "Feed Frenzy" - a nightly look at the buzziest stories of the day.

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 12:35 a.m., ET to 1:00 a.m. on the ABC Television Network. Together with "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Nightline" is part of ABC's winning late night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming.

Note: Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday (5/27/13), all three programs were coded specials and are excluded from the averages.

Week of May 27, 2013:

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

ABC "Nightline" 1,448,000 610,000/0.5 477,000/0.4

CBS "Late Late Show" 1,321,000 613,000/0.5 453,000/0.4

NBC "Late Night" 1,478,000 700,000/0.6 561,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 5/27/13, 5/20/13 and 5/28/12. ABC, CBS and NBC program averages (1/7 - 6/2/13), excludes 1/7/13 telecast of "Nightline." Year-ago averages (1/10 - 6/3/12).





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