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[02/24/12 - 10:53 AM]
ABC is Up Year to Year and Week to Week in Late-Night, as NBC and CBS Decline
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of February 13-17.

[via press release from ABC]

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of February 13, 2012

ABC is Up Year to Year and Week to Week in Late-Night, as NBC and CBS Decline

Up for the 2nd Straight Week, ABC Delivers its 2nd-Best Numbers Since November

ABC's "Nightline" Ranks as the No. 1 Program in Late-Night Across All Target Demos

"Nightline" is the Only Program to Grow Year to Year in Viewers and Key Adults

ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Delivers its Most-Watched Week in 12 Weeks

ABC Late-Night (Monday - Friday)

With its lineup of "Nightline" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" during the week of February 13, 2012, ABC was up for the 2nd consecutive week in both Total Viewers (+5% - 2.373 million vs. 2.252 million) and Adults 18-49 (+2% - 808,000 vs. 790,000) to deliver its 2nd-strongest performance in late-night since November in both viewers and young adults - since the weeks of 11/21/11 and 11/28/11, respectively.

ABC also grew over the same week last year by 14% in Total Viewers and by 3% in Adults 18-49 (2.090 million and 782,000 on w/o 2/14/11) to qualify as the only broadcaster in late-night to post gains over the prior week or the year-ago week in either Nielsen measure.

· ABC outperformed NBC during the week in late-night in both Total Viewers (+2% - 2.373 million vs. 2.334 million) and in Adults 18-49 (+3% - 808,000 vs. 784,000).

"Nightline" (Monday - Friday)

For the week of February 13, 2012, ABC's "Nightline" stood as the No. 1 program in late-night across all key target demos: Total Viewers (4.035 million), Adults 25-54 (1.633 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.204 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. In fact, "Nightline" has taken the top spot in 4 of the past 5 weeks in the key adult demos. In addition, the ABC late-night program hit 4-week highs across all 3 measures - best since w/o 1/16/12.

"Nightline" improved on the same week last year in Total Viewers (+13%), Adults 25-54 (+8%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%), standing as the only program to grow year to year versus NBC's "The Tonight Show" (-1%, -12% and -14%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Show" (-9%, -13% and -9%, respectively).

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 overall viewers and in the key adult news demo.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday - Friday)

During the week of February 13, 2012, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was up over the prior week by 4% in Total Viewers (1.768 million vs. 1.705 million) to attract its biggest audience in 12 weeks - since the week of 11/21/11. In addition, "JKL" also grew its overall audience by 13% over the same week last year (1.570 million on w/o 2/14/11). In fact, "JKL" was the only late-night broadcast talk show to post gains week to week or year to year in Total Viewers.

· ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (M-F 12:00 a.m.) outperformed CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (M-F 12:35 a.m.) by double-digit margins in both Total Viewers (+17% - 1.768 million vs. 1.506 million) and Adults 18-49 (+15% - 665,000 vs. 580,000), marking the 17th time in the 22 weeks of the season for the ABC late-night program to beat the CBS program in both Nielsen measures. Further, "JKL" has drawn a larger overall audience than "Ferguson" in 21 of 22 weeks this season.

· ABC's "JKL" also outdrew NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (M-F 12:35 a.m.) in Total Viewers (1.768 million vs. 1.745 million).

· Season to date (22 weeks), "JKL" is building its overall audience through the same weeks last year by 3% in Total Viewers (1.770 million vs. 1.714 million), growing the most year to year of any late-night broadcast talk show.

Late-Night Rank (Week of Feb 13): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC 2,373,000 808,000

CBS 2,414,000 815,000

NBC 2,334,000 784,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 2/13/12, 2/6/12 & 2/14/11 or as dated. Most Current: 11-2012 Season (9/19 - 2/17/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 - 2/18/11). 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 week of February 13, 2012

"Nightline" Ranks as the No. 1 Program in Latenight Across All Target Demos

"Nightline" Stands as the Only Program to Grow Year-to-Year in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

For the 2nd Straight Year, "Nightline" is Taking the Top Spot in Overall Viewers and in the Key Adult News Demo

For the week of February 13, 2012, ABC's "Nightline" stood as the No. 1 program in latenight across all key target demos: Total Viewers (4.035 million), Adults 25-54 (1.633 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.204 million), according to Nielsen Media Research. In fact, "Nightline" has taken the top spot in 4 of the past 5 weeks in the key adult demos. In addition, the ABC latenight program hit 4-week highs across all 3 measures - best since w/o 1/16/12.

"Nightline" improved on the same week last year in Total Viewers (+13%), Adults 25-54 (+8%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%), standing as the only program to grow year-to-year versus NBC's "The Tonight Show" (-1%, -12% and -14%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Show" (-9%, -13% and -9%, respectively).

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 overall viewers and in the key adult news demo.

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 February 13, 2012)

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

ABC "Nightline" 4,035,000 1,633,000/ 1.4 1,204,000/ 0.9

CBS "Late Show" 3,352,000 1,382,000/ 1.1 1,058,000/ 0.8

NBC "Tonight Show" 3,795,000 1,418,000/ 1.2 1,072,000/ 0.8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 2/13/12, 2/6/12 & 2/14/11. Most Current: 2011-2012 Season (9/2/11 - 2/19/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/10 - 2/20/11).





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