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[02/11/16 - 07:21 AM]
ABC Draws Its Biggest Audience in Late-Night in More Than 2 Months
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of February 1-5.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Grows by Double Digits to 10-Week Highs in AD18-49 and Viewers

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

During the week of February 1, 2016, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live drew its biggest overall audience (2.461 million) and matched its strongest performance among Adults 18-49 (692,000) since Thanksgiving Week last November - since w/o 11/23/15. Kimmel shot up over the prior week by 17% in Total Viewers and by 12% in Adults 18-49, standing as the only 11:35pm talk show to post week-to-week growth among young adults (both NBC's Fallon and CBS' Colbert were down -3% each).

· ABC's Kimmel topped CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by 8% in Adults 18-49 (692,000 vs. 638,000) to stand as the week's #2 late-night talk show. Kimmel virtually tied the CBS late-night talk show in Total Viewers, as just 34,000 viewers separated the two programs (2.461 million vs. 2.495 million).

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of February 1, 2016

ABC Draws Its Biggest Audience in Late-Night in More than 2 Months and Beats NBC and CBS to Rank as the Week's Most Watched Network

"Kimmel" Grows by Double Digits to 10-Week Highs in Adults 18-49 and Viewers

"Nightline" Improves Week to Week in All Key Target Demos

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 1, 2016, ABC was up over the prior week by 15% in Total Viewers (2.171 million vs. 1.883 million) to a 10-week high and by 10% in Adults 18-49 (609,000 vs. 553,000) to a 7-week high - since the weeks of 11/23/15 and 12/14/15, respectively.

· ABC was the week's No. 1 network in late-night in Total Viewers (2.171 million), outdrawing NBC by 12% (1.933 million) and CBS by 19% (1.826 million). ABC ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49, beating CBS by 21% (609,000 vs. 504,000).

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (M-F, 11:35 p.m.)

During the week of February 1, 2016, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew its biggest overall audience (2.461 million) and matched its strongest performance among Adults 18-49 (692,000) since Thanksgiving Week last November - since w/o 11/23/15. "Kimmel" shot up over the prior week (2.105 million and 617,000, respectively, on w/o 1/25/16) by 17% in Total Viewers and by 12% in Adults 18-49, standing as the only 11:35 p.m. talk show to post week-to-week growth among young adults (both NBC's "Fallon" and CBS' "Colbert" were down -3% each).

· ABC's "Kimmel" topped CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" by 8% in Adults 18-49 (692,000 vs. 638,000) to stand as the week's No. 2 late-night talk show. "Kimmel" virtually tied the CBS late-night talk show in Total Viewers, as just 34,000 viewers separated the two programs (2.461 million vs. 2.495 million).

"Nightline" (M-F, 12:35 a.m.)

ABC News' "Nightline" ranked No. 1 versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.597 million) during the week of February 1, 2016, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "Nightline" led CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" (1.206 million) by 391,000 and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.452 million) by 145,000.

In addition, "Nightline" beat the CBS program in Adults 25-54 (+123,000 - 616,000 vs. 493,000) and Adults 18-49 (+65,000 - 445,000 vs. 380,000).

"Nightline" turned in week-to-week gains (1.441 million, 549,000 and 425,000, respectively, on w/o 1/25/16) in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+11%), Adults 25-54 (+12%) and Adults 18-49 (+5%). In fact, "Nightline" delivered its most watched week since November and best performance in the key Adult news demo since December - since weeks of 11/23/15 and 12/21/15, respectively.

"Nightline" aired the Top 2 12:35 a.m. telecasts of the week with its Thursday (1.761 million on 2/4/16) and Friday (1.708 million on 2/5/16) airings, beating every telecast of the week of CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Late-Night (Week of Feb 1): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC 2,171,000 609,000

CBS 1,826,000 504,000

NBC 1,933,000 702,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for weeks of 2/1/16 and 1/25/16 or as dated. ABC Late-Night = "Kimmel" and "Nightline"; CBS Late-Night ="Colbert" and "Corden"; NBC Late-Night = "Fallon," "Seth Meyers" and "Carson Daly."

Ratings Report: ABC News Programming For the Week of February 1, 2016

"Nightline" is #1 in Total Viewers

"Nightline" Grows Week-to-Week in All Key Target Demos: Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

"Nightline" Outperforms CBS in All Three Key Demos

Season to Date "Nightline" Leads CBS Across the Board

ABC News' "Nightline" ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.597 million) during the week of February 1, 2016, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "Nightline" led CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" (1.206 million) by 391,000 and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.452 million) by 145,000.

In addition, "Nightline" beat the CBS program in Adults 25-54 (+123,000 - 616,000 vs. 493,000) and Adults 18-49 (+65,000 - 445,000 vs. 380,000).

"Nightline" turned in week-to-week gains (1.441 million, 549,000 and 425,000, respectively, on w/o 1/25/16) in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+11%), Adults 25-54 (+12%) and Adults 18-49 (+5%). In fact, "Nightline" delivered its most-watched week since November and best performance in the key adult news demo since December - since weeks of 11/23/15 and 12/21/15, respectively.

"Nightline" aired the Top 2 telecasts of the week with its Thursday (1.761 million on 2/4/16) and Friday (1.708 million on 2/5/16) airings, beating every telecast of the week of CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Season to date, "Nightline" leads CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" across the board: Total Viewers (+329,000), Adults 25-54 (+111,000) and Adults 18-49 (+57,000).

ABC News' "Nightline" is anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Roxanna Sherwood is executive producer, and Steven Baker is senior broadcast producer. The program airs weeknights from 12:35-1:05 a.m. EST 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.

Week of February 1, 2016:

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

ABC "Nightline" 1,597,000 616,000/0.5 445,000/0.4

CBS "The Late Late Show" 1,206,000 493,000/0.4 380,000/0.3

NBC "Late Night" 1,452,000 688,000/0.6 558,000/0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 2/1/16, 1/25/16 and 2/2/15. Most Current: 2015-2016 Season (9/21/15 - 2/7/16) and 2014-2015 Season (9/22/14 - 2/8/15). Averages based on regular telecasts. "Nightline" premiered in its new time period in January 2013. "Seth Meyers" premiered in February 2014. "James Corden" premiered in March 2015.





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