ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in All Key Measures for the Week of May 28

ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in All Key Measures for the Week of May 28

June 5, 2018

Ratings Report: ABC News’ ‘Nightline’
For Week of May 28, 2018

‘Nightline’ Ranks No. 1 in All Key Measures for the Week of May 28

‘Nightline’ Posts Double-Digit Gains Week to Week in Total Viewers (+14%), Adults 25-54 (+34%) and Adults 18-49 (+48%)

‘Nightline’ Scores Its Best Numbers in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in 11 Weeks and Strongest in Adults 18-49 in Nearly 1 Year

‘Nightline’ Draws Its Most-Watched Telecast in 9 Months and Top Delivery in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 in Nearly 1 Year With Thursday Airing

Season to Date, ‘Nightline’ Leads CBS’ ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49

 

ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (1.399 million), Adults 25-54 (547,000) and Adults 18-49 (456,000), during the week of May 28, 2018, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research.

“Nightline” posted double-digits gains week to week (1.225 million, 407,000 and 309,000, respectively, for w/o 5/21/18) across the board: Total Viewers (+14%), Adults 25-54 (+34%) and Adults 18-49 (+48%)In fact, “Nightline” saw it best numbers in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in 11 weeks and strongest in Adults 18-49 in nearly 1 year – since weeks of 3/12/18 and 6/5/17, respectively.

On Thursday (5/31/18), “Nightline” turned in its most-watched telecast (1.812 million) in 9 months and top delivery in Adults 25-54 (802,000) and Adults 18-49 (717,000) in nearly 1 year – since 10/2/17 and 6/12/17, respectively.

Season to date, “Nightline” is beating CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” across the board: Total Viewers (+11,000 – 1.395 million vs. 1.384 million), Adults 25-54 (+32,000 – 509,000 vs. 477,000) and Adults 18-49 (+31,000 – 385,000 vs. 354,000). 

Stories on “Nightline” last week included coverage of the Sinaloa Cartel’s drug operations and how violence has driven gangs to fight for a slice of America’s lucrative heroin market, a report on the firestorm that was sparked after Roseanne Barr’s since-deleted racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, a look at the life of international superstar DJ Tiesto at Electronic Daisy Carnival and backstage at pool party Wet Republic, a behind-the-scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s Montreal headquarters to see how they pull off their jaw-dropping performances and an analysis of companies that are making changes after receiving their own social backlash.

NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday (5/28/18), all three programs were coded specials. In addition, CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden” was retitled to “The Late Late Show-JC-ENC” and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” was retitled to “Late Night with Seth Meyers-SM” due to being encore telecasts. The retitled telecasts will not be included in the season averages.

ABC News’ “Nightline” is anchored by Dan Harris, Juju Chang and Byron Pitts. Steven Baker is executive 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 May 28, 2018:

PROGRAM AVERAGES          TOTAL VIEWERS    A25-54(000)/Rtg   A18-49(000)/Rtg 
ABC’s “Nightline”                                  1,399,000              547,000/0.5            456,000/0.4
CBS’ “The Late Late Show”                    1,095,000              331,000/0.3            248,000/0.2
NBC’s “Late Night”                                 1,129,000              425,000/0.4            326,000/0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 5/28/18, 05/21/18 and 5/29/17. Season to Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 6/3/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 6/4/17).  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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