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[03/05/15 - 07:27 AM]
"Nightline" Wins First-Ever February Sweep in New Time Period; Wins Third of the Last Fourth Sweeps
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the February sweeps period.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC's Kimmel is Up for the 3rd Week in a Row in AD18-49 and Draws its 2nd-Largest-Ever Sweep Audience in February

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

During the week of February 23, 2015, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live grew for the 3rd straight week in Adults 18-49 (832,000 vs. 822,000) to hit a 4-week high - since w/o 1/26/15.

Kimmel grew its overall audience year to year for the 5th consecutive week (+6% - 2.781 million vs. 2.632 million).

· ABC's Kimmel was the week's #2 late-night talk show in both Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, behind only NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

During the 2015 February sweep, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live drew its 2nd-biggest audience for any sweep (2.829 million Total Viewers), behind only the 2014 November sweep. With the November and February sweeps, Kimmel has attracted its two largest-ever sweep audiences during the current 2014-15 season. Kimmel was up over the 2014 February sweep by 13% in Total Viewers, growing year over year for the 4th consecutive sweep. In fact, Kimmel has attracted its largest-ever February audience for the 2nd time in 3 years.

· ABC's Kimmel finished the February sweep as the #2 broadcast talk show in late-night in Adults 18-49 (823,000), behind only NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Ratings Report: ABC News Programming For 2015 February Sweeps And the Week of February 23, 2015

"Nightline" Wins First-Ever February Sweep in New Time Period; Wins Third of the Last Fourth Sweeps

"Nightline's" Posts Best-Yet February Sweep Number in Time Period and Draws ABC's Largest Overall February Sweep Audience in Time Slot in 8 Years

"Nightline" is Only Program to Grow its February Sweep Numbers Year to Year

"Nightline" is #1 for the Week in Total Viewers

"Nightline" Ranks #1 in Total Viewers 17 of Last 19 Weeks and Season to Date

"Nightline" Posts Year to Year Increases in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

February 2015 Sweep

ABC News' "Nightline" won the 2015 February Sweep in Total Viewers (1.760 million) to claim its first-ever February sweep victory in its new time-slot, based on Most Current Data from Nielsen Media Research. In fact, "Nightline" won its 2nd consecutive sweep and its 3rd in the last 4. "Nightline" beat NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (+449,000 - 1.311 million) and CBS' "The Late Late Show" (+144,000 - 1.616 million) during the month.

In addition, "Nightline" beat CBS' "The Late Late Show" during the 2015 February sweep in Adults 25-54 (+209,000) and Adults 18-49 (+143,000).

"Nightline" improved on its February 2014 Sweep performance (1.593 million, 684,000, and 499,000, respectively) in Total Viewer (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+5%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%) to post its strongest February performance yet Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. Further, "Nightline" drew ABC's largest overall February sweep audience in the time slot in 8 years - since February 2007.

In addition, "Nightline" stood as the only program to grow from the year-ago sweep compared to NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (-54%/-56%/-61%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Late Show" (-12%/-25%/-28%, respectively).

Week of February 23, 2015:

ABC News' "Nightline" won the week in Total Viewers (1.714 million) during the week of February 23, 2015, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. The ABC News late program has ranked No. 1 for the 3rd week in a row and in 17 of the past 19 weeks. "Nightline led CBS' "The Late Late Show" (+440,000) and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (+94,000).

"Nightline" turned in year-to-year increases (1.567 million, 644,000, and 498,000, respectively, on w/o 2/24/14) for the 2nd straight week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+9%), Adults 25-54 (+2%) and Adults 18-49 (+2%).

For the 5th week in a row, "Nightline" held the week's top telecast in Total Viewers (2.061 million - 2/26/15), outdelivering every telecast of the week of CBS' "The Late Late Show" and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

Season to date, ABC News' "Nightline" ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.708 million), outdelivering CBS' average of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"/"The Late Late Show"/"The Talk - After Dark" (+284,000) and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (+147,000).

Billy Gardell was the guest host for CBS' "The Late Late Show" on Mon-Tues, while Nunal Nayyar was guest from Wed-Fri.

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., ET 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.

February 2015 Sweep:

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

ABC "Nightline" 1,760,000 715,000/0.6 536,000/0.4

CBS "The Late Late Show" 1,311,000 506,000/0.4 393,000/0.3

NBC "Late Night" 1,616,000 759,000/0.6 652,000/0.5

Week of February 23, 2015:

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

ABC "Nightline" 1,714,000 659,000/0.6 506,000/0.4

CBS "The Late Late Show" 1,274,000 471,000/0.4 362,000/0.3

NBC "Late Night" 1,620,000 762,000/0.6 649,000/0.5

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 2/23/15, 2/16/15 and 2/24/14. Most Current: 2014-2015 Season (9/22/14 - 3/1/15) and 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 - 3/2/14). Most Current: February 2015 Sweep (1/29-2/25/15), February 2014 Sweep (1/30-2/26/14) and February 2014 Sweep (10/30-11/26/14). Sweep periods (February, February, May and July). NOTE: Due to the digital transition, the 2009 February sweep was 3/5 - 4/1/09. Averages based on regular telecasts. "Nightline" premiered in its new time period in January 2013. *NBC's year-ago week averages based on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming Week of February 23, 2015 / 2015 February Sweep

ABC is the Week's Most-Watched Network in Late-Night

ABC Draws its Largest February Audience in Late-Night in 8 Years

ABC's "Kimmel" Builds for the 3rd Week in a Row to a 4-Week High in Adults 18-49

"Kimmel" Draws its 2nd-Largest-Ever Sweep Audience in February

"Nightline" Delivers Increases Over the Year-Ago Week Across All Key Measures

"Nightline" Posts its Best-Yet February Sweep Total Viewer Number in its New Slot

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 23, 2015, ABC was the No. 1 network in Total Viewers in late-night (2.387 million), outdrawing NBC by 4% (2.301 million) and CBS by 20% (1.982 million).

During the 2015 February sweep, ABC grew over the year-ago sweep by 12% in Total Viewers to draw its biggest February audience in late-night in 8 years - since February 2007.

· For the 2nd sweep in a row, ABC ranked as the most-watched network in late-night (2.474 million), edging out NBC by 2% (2.419 million) and beating CBS by 19% (2.081 million).

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

During the week of February 23, 2015, which included the final 3 days of the February 2015 sweep, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" grew for the 3rd straight week in Adults 18-49 (832,000 vs. 822,000) to hit a 4-week high - since w/o 1/26/15.

"Kimmel" grew its overall audience year to year for the 5th consecutive week (+6% - 2.781 million vs. 2.632 million).

· ABC's "Kimmel" was the week's No. 2 late-night talk show in both Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, behind only NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

During the 2015 February sweep, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" drew its 2nd-biggest overall audience ever for any sweep (2.829 million), behind only the 2014 November sweep. With the November and February sweeps, "Kimmel" has attracted its two largest-ever sweep audiences during the current 2014-15 season.

"Kimmel" was up over the 2014 February sweep (2.513 million) by 13% in Total Viewers, growing year over year for the 4th consecutive sweep. In fact, "Kimmel" attracted its largest-ever February audience for the 2nd time in 3 years.

· ABC's "Kimmel" finished the February sweep as the No. 2 broadcast talk show in late-night in Adults 18-49 (823,000), behind only NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

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

ABC News' "Nightline" won the week versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.714 million) during the week of February 23, 2015. The ABC News late-night program has ranked No. 1 for the 3rd week in a row and in 17 of the past 19 weeks. "Nightline led CBS' "The Late Late Show" (+440,000) and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (+94,000).

"Nightline" turned in year-to-year increases (1.567 million, 644,000, and 498,000, respectively, on w/o 2/24/14) for the 2nd straight week across all key target demos: Total Viewers (+9%), Adults 25-54 (+2%) and Adults 18-49 (+2%).

For the 5th week in a row, "Nightline" held the week's top 12:35 a.m. telecast in Total Viewers (2.061 million - 2/26/15), outdelivering every telecast of the week of CBS' "The Late Late Show" and NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

ABC News' "Nightline" won the 2015 February Sweep versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.760 million) to claim its first-ever February sweep victory in its new time slot. In fact, "Nightline" won its 2nd consecutive sweep and its 3rd in the last 4. "Nightline" beat NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (+449,000 - 1.311 million) and CBS' "The Late Late Show" (+144,000 - 1.616 million) during the month.

In addition, "Nightline" beat CBS' "The Late Late Show" during the 2015 February sweep in Adults 25-54 (+209,000) and Adults 18-49 (+143,000).

"Nightline" improved on its February 2014 Sweep performance (1.593 million, 684,000, and 499,000, respectively) in Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+5%) and Adults 18-49 (+7%) to post its strongest February performance yet in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. Further, "Nightline" drew ABC's largest overall February sweep audience in the 12:35 a.m. time slot in 8 years - since February 2007.

In addition, "Nightline" stood as the only 12:35 a.m. program to grow from the year-ago sweep compared to NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (-54%/-56%/-61%, respectively) and CBS' "The Late Late Show" (-12%/-25%/-28%, respectively).

Late-Night (Week of Feb 23): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC 2,387,000 712,000

CBS 1,982,000 503,000

NBC 2,301,000 874,000

Late-Night (Feb 2015 Sweep): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC 2,474,000 728,000

CBS 2,081,000 530,000

NBC 2,419,000 944,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for week of 2/23/15, 2/16/15 & 2/24/14, Most Current Program Ratings for February 15 Sweep (1/29-2/25/15) and February 14 Sweep (1/30-2/26/14).

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