ABC News’ ‘20/20’ Draws Larger Overall Audience Than ‘Dateline’ for 9th Consecutive Matchup, Its Longest-Winning Streak Over NBC in a Decade

ABC News’ ‘20/20’ Draws Larger Overall Audience Than ‘Dateline’ for 9th Consecutive Matchup, Its Longest-Winning Streak Over NBC in a Decade

’20/20′ DRAWS LARGER OVERALL AUDIENCE THAN ‘DATELINE’ FOR 9TH CONSECUTIVE MATCHUP, ITS LONGEST-WINNING STREAK OVER NBC IN A DECADE

Season to Date, ’20/20′ Is Up Across the Board: Total Viewers (+23%), Adults 18-49 (+13%) and Adults 25-54 (+18%)

Season to Date, ’20/20′ Leads ‘Dateline’ in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 for First Time in 3 Years and in Adults 25-54 for First Time in 4 Years

Building on its lead-in and airing from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ABC’s “20/20” delivered its 10th straight week as Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine(each telecast in its new 2-hour format). On the night, ABC’s “20/20” beat out NBC’s “Dateline” (10:00-11:00 p.m.) by double-digit margins in Total Viewers (+18% – 3.9 million vs. 3.3 million) and Adults 25-54 (+25% – 1.0/4 vs. 0.8/3). In fact, “20/20″ drew a larger overall audience than “Dateline” for their 9th consecutive matchup on the night, scoring its longest-winning streak over the NBC newsmagazine in 10 years – since a streak in January–April 2009 (1/2–4/10/09). “20/20” presented a 2-hour prime-time event on a twisted love triangle among a divorced mother and two wealthy doctors that ended in murder and a recently revoked life sentence.

Season to date, “20/20” is up from the same point last year with Total Viewers (+23% – 4.9 million vs. 4.0 million), Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4) and Adults 25-54 (+18% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.1/4), standing as Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine in all three measures.   

In addition, “20/20” leads “Dateline-Fri” in all key target demos: Total Viewers (+9% – 4.9 million vs.  4.5 million), Adults 18-49 (+13% – 0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4) and Adults 25-54 (+8% – 1.3/5 vs. 1.2/5), leading the NBC newsmagazine in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 for the first time at this point of the season in 3 years and in Adults 25-54 in 4 years – since the 2015-2016 and the 2014-2015 seasons, respectively.

The special on the murder of Dr. Joseph Sonnier is part of “20/20” two-hour documentary programming featuring brand-new interviews with key players in some of the biggest newsmaker stories in recent American history. The original eight-week two-hour programming lineup has been extended to 15 weeks and will run through April 12. 
Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings for 3/8/19. Season to date: Most Current: 2018 -2019 Season (9/24/18 – 3/10/19) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25/18 – 3/11/18).  Averages based on regular telecasts. 

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