ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ Wins in Total Viewers for Second Week in a Row This Season

ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ Wins in Total Viewers for Second Week in a Row This Season

October 10, 2017

Ratings Report: ABC News’ ‘Nightline’
For Week of October 2, 2017

‘Nightline’ Wins in Total Viewers for Second Week in a Row This Season

‘Nightline’ Improves Week to Week and Year to Year in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

Season to Date, ‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers

ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.495 million) and Adults 25-54 (588,000-tie) during the week of October 2, 2017, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. In Total Viewers, “Nightline” defeated CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (1.374 million) by 121,000 and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.372 million) by 123,000 to win the first two weeks of the 2017-18 season.

For the 2nd week in a row, “Nightline” improved on the previous week (1.465 million, and 538,000 for w/o 9/25/17) in Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults 25-54 (+9%), delivering its strongest numbers in 4 months – since w/o 6/5/17.

“Nightline” saw gains on the year-ago week (1.414 million and 538,000 for w/o 9/26/16) in Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 25-54 (+9%).

“Nightline” had the No. 1 telecast during the week in Total Viewers (1.913 million), Adults 25-54 (701,000) and Adults 18-49 (523,000) with its Monday airing (10/2/17), outdrawing every telecast of the week of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”  

Season to date, “Nightline” ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.529 million), leading CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (1.402 million) by 127,000 and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.491 million) by 38,000.

In addition, “Nightline” is improving compared to the same point last season across the board: Total Viewers (+51,000 – 1.529 million vs. 1.478 million), Adults 25-54 (+31,000 – 583,000 vs. 552,000) and Adults 18-49 (+11,000 – 444,000 vs. 433,000).

Stories on “Nightline” last week included in-depth and extensive coverage of the Las Vegas massacre – eyewitness accounts of horror and heroes who jumped in to save others when suspect Stephen Paddock opened fire, emerging details about the gunman and his intent to scope out another festival, interviews with survivors as they begin the healing process, an ER doctor who treated children in Sandy Hook, and a mother who lost her son in the Pulse nightclub massacre share their views on U.S. gun legislation.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Steven Baker is senior broadcast producer. The program airs weeknights from 12:35-1:05 a.m. EDT, 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. 

Week of October 2, 2017:

PROGRAM AVERAGES          TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg   A18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC’s “Nightline”                                1,495,000              588,000/0.5            425,000/0.3
CBS’ “The Late Late Show”                  1,374,000              510,000/0.4            389,000/0.3
NBC’s “Late Night”                               1,372,000              588,000/0.5            465,000/0.4
        
Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 10/2/17, 9/25/17 and 9/26/16. Most Current: 2016-2017 Season (9/25 – 10/8/17) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19 – 10/2/16). Averages based on regular telecasts. “Nightline” premiered in its new time period in January 2013. “Seth Meyers” premiered in February 2014. “James Corden” premiered in March 2015.

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