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[10/06/11 - 09:36 AM]
ABC's "Nightline" Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of September 26-30.

[via press release from ABC]

Ratings Report for ABC News' Nightline For Week of September 26, 2001

ABC's "Nightline" Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

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"

"Nightline" is Showing its Best Competitive Start to a Season in 16 Years

For the week of September 26, 2011, ABC's "Nightline" ranked No. 1 for the 2nd time in as many weeks of the new season in Total Viewers (3.856 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.517 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. The ABC latenight program built on its premiere week performance in Total Viewers (3.850 million - w/o 9/19/11) to post its largest overall audience in 5 weeks - since w/o 8/22/11.

For the 2nd time this season and for the 4th week in a row, "Nightline" improved on the year-ago week in Total Viewers (+3%). Both NBC's "The Tonight Show" and CBS' "The Late Show" were both down by -8% year to year.

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" ("Letterman" began on CBS in the 1993-94 season). This represents "Nightline's" best competitive start to a season in 16 years - since the 1995-96 season. Season to date, "Nightline" is up by +4% in Total Viewers compared to the same point last year, standing as the only program to grow year to year in Total Viewers versus "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show."

ABC News' "Nightline" is anchored by Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran and Bill Weir. John Donvan and Juju Chang are correspondents. Jeanmarie Condon is the Executive Producer. The program airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m., ET on the ABC

(Week of September 26, 2011)

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

ABC "Nightline" 3,856,000 1,517,000/ 1.3 1,135,000/ 0.9

CBS "Late Show" 3,273,000 1,461,000/ 1.2 1,152,000/ 0.9

NBC "Tonight Show" 3,538,000 1,421,000/ 1.2 1,097,000/ 0.9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 09/26/11, 9/19/11 & 9/27/10. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19 - 10/2/11) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 - 10/3/10).

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of September 26, 2011

ABC Tops NBC in Late-Night in Viewers for the 2nd Straight Week of the New Season

ABC's "Nightline" is Late-Night's Most-Watched Program for the 2nd Week Running

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Draws a Larger Overall Audience than CBS' "Ferguson" on All 5 Days of the Week

ABC Late-Night (Monday - Friday)

During the week of September 26, 2011, ABC drew a larger overall audience than NBC in late-night for the 2nd consecutive week of the new season (+2% - 2.264 million vs. 2.225 million).

"Nightline" (Monday - Friday)

For the week of September 26, 2011, ABC's "Nightline" ranked No. 1 for the 2nd time in as many weeks of the new season in Total Viewers (3.856 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.517 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. The ABC late-night program built on its premiere week performance in Total Viewers (3.850 million - w/o 9/19/11) to post its largest overall audience in 5 weeks - since w/o 8/22/11.

For the 2nd time this season and for the 4th week in a row, "Nightline" improved on the year-ago week in Total Viewers (+3%). Both NBC's "The Tonight Show" and CBS' "The Late Show" were both down by -8% year to year.

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" ("Letterman" began on CBS in the 1993-94 season). This represents "Nightline's" best competitive start to a season in 16 years - since the 1995-96 season. Season to date, "Nightline" is up by 4% in Total Viewers compared to the same point last year, standing as the only program to grow year to year in Total Viewers versus "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show."

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday - Friday)

During the week of September 26, 2011, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" grew its overall audience over the same week last year (w/o 9/27/10) for the 2nd straight week of the new season (+2% - 1.717 million vs. 1.683 million).

· In its 2nd consecutive win of the new season, ABC's "JKL" (M-F 12:00 a.m.) topped CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (M-F 12:35 a.m.) by 13% in Total Viewers (1.717 million vs. 1.518 million) and by 5% in Adults 18-49 (660,000 vs. 630,000). The ABC late-night program outdrew the CBS program in overall viewers by double-digit percentages on all 5 days of the week: Monday (+14% - 1.690 million vs. 1.484 million), Tuesday (+17% - 1.951 million vs. 1.668 million), Wednesday (+12% - 1.679 million vs. 1.500 million), Thursday (+12% - 1.675 million vs. 1.493 million) and Friday (+10% - 1.592 million vs. 1.447 million).

Late-Night Rank (Week of Sep 26): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC 2,264,000 781,000

CBS 2,327,000 870,000

NBC 2,225,000 813,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 9/26/11, 9/19/11 & 9/27/10 or as dated. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/19 - 10/2/11) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 - 10/3/10). 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."





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