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[01/06/21 - 11:00 AM]
"Nightline" Delivers Week-to-Week Growth in All Key Measures to Rank No. 1 Across the Board for Week of Dec. 28
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of December 28.

[via press release from ABC]

Ratings Report: ABC News' "Nightline" For Week of Dec. 28, 2020

'NIGHTLINE' DELIVERS WEEK-TO-WEEK GROWTH IN ALL KEY MEASURES TO RANK NO. 1 ACROSS THE BOARD FOR WEEK OF DEC. 28

Season to Date, 'Nightline' Slashes Its Margins With NBC's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, Posting Its Closest-Ever Adult Demo Performances

'Nightline' Leads CBS' 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' by Its Largest Season Margins in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 in 5 Years

ABC News' "Nightline" ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (855,000), Adults 25-54 (274,000) and Adults 18-49 (199,000) for week of Dec. 28, 2020, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "Nightline" beat CBS' "The Late Late Show-JC-ENC" (731,000, 181,000 and 172,000, respectively) in Total Viewers (+124,000), Adults 25-54 (+93,000) and Adults 18-49 (+57,000).

In addition, "Nightline" defeated NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers-SM" (788,000, 273,000 and 193,000, respectively) in Total Viewers (+67,000), Adults 25-54 (+1,000) and Adults 18-49 (+6,000).

"Nightline" saw week-to-week increases across the board: Total Viewers (+2% - 855,000 vs. 836,000), Adults 25-54 (+15% - 274,000 vs. 239,000) and Adults 18-49 (+49% - 199,000 vs. 134,000). "Nightline" hit 6-week highs in both key Adults demos - since w/o 11/16/20.

Season to date, "Nightline" (306,000 and 213,000, respectively) is beating CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" (250,000 and 176,000, respectively) by its largest season margins in Adults 25-54 (+56,000) and Adults 18-49 (+47,000) in 5 years - since the 2015-2016 season.

In addition, "Nightline" is slashing its margins with NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" in Adults 25-54 (-64% - 25,000 vs. 69,000) and Adults 18-49 (-72% - 14,000 vs. 50,000) versus the same point last season, posting its closest-ever performance with the NBC program in both measures since the two programs aired in their current time periods - since the 2014-2015 season.

NOTE: "Nightline" was preempted on Thursday (12/31/20) for ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 - Part 2" and was coded as a special on Friday (1/1/21). For New Year's Week, CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" was retitled to "Late Late Show-JC-ENC" from Monday through Wednesday and was specialed on Thursday and Friday. NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" was retitled to "Seth Meyers-SM" on Monday through Thursday and was specialed on Friday. ABC's and CBS' weekly averages are based on three days (Monday-Wednesday) and NBC's weekly averages are based on four days (Monday-Thursday).

ABC News' "Nightline" is late-night television's prestigious, award-winning news program featuring the most powerful, in-depth stories that shape our lives and the world around us. It is anchored by Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Steven Baker is executive producer. The program airs weeknights from 12:35-1:05 a.m. EST on ABC. "Nightline" has also produced numerous original documentaries available on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu.

Week of Dec. 28, 2020:

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

ABC's "Nightline" 855,000 274,000/0.2 199,000/0.2

CBS' "The Late Late Show" 731,000 181,000/0.1 142,000/0.1

NBC's "Late Night" 788,000 273,000/0.2 193,000/0.1

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 12/28/20), Previous Week (w/o 12/21/20) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 12/30/19). Most Current: 2020-2021 Season (9/21/20 - 1/3/21) and 2019-2020 Season (9/23/19 - 1/5/20). Beginning 8/31/20, national ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. Prior to 8/31/20, ratings do not include OOH viewing. Averages based on regular telecasts.   





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