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[06/10/10 - 11:23 AM]
ABC News "Nightline" Is #1 for the Second Week in a Row Among All Demos
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of May 31-June 4.

[via press release from ABC]

Ratings Report for ABC News' "Nightline" For the Week of May 31, 2010

ABC NEWS "NIGHTLINE" IS #1 FOR THE SECOND WEEK IN A ROW AMONG ALL DEMOS

"NIGHTLINE" GROWS +18% AMONG TOTAL VIEWERS AND +20% AMONG A25-54 YEAR TO YEAR

"NIGHTLINE" IS ONLY 40,000 VIEWERS AWAY FROM BEING #1 FOR THE SEASON

ABC News' "Nightline" placed first among Adults 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers for the week of May 31, 2010, outperforming CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," according to Nielsen Media Research. This is the second consecutive week "Nightline" has ranked first. "Nightline" posted 3.79 million Total Viewers, increasing +18% compared to the same week last year, while "The Tonight Show" decreased -43% and "Letterman" dropped -18%. Season to date, "Nightline" posted 3.83 million Total Viewers, just 40,000 viewers away from first place.

For the week, among Adults 25-54, "Nightline" averaged 1.63 million (1.3 rating), growing +20% compared to the same week last year, while "The Tonight Show" declined -52% and "Letterman" decreased -10%. Among A18-49, "Nightline" grew +19% year to year. *Note: Due to the Memorial Day holiday, all three programs excluded Monday from the average. "Letterman" and "Leno" aired repeats last week.

ABC News' "Nightline" is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Martin Bashir. 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 May 31, 2010)

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

ABC "Nightline" 3,790,000 1,630,000/ 1.3 1,420,000/ 1.1

CBS "Late Show" 2,900,000 1,280,000/ 1.0 940,000/ .7

NBC "Tonight" 3,450,000 1,510,000/ 1.2 1,260,000/ 1.0

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live+SD weeks of 5/31/10, 5/24/10 & 6/1/09. Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for STD (9/21/09-6/6/10).





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