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Primetime ‘Nightline’ Pushed To May

When ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel and “Nightline” would be swapping their 11:35 and 12:35 timeslots, the network said that come March 1, 2013, “Nightline” would have a home in primetime.

“Audiences Can Begin and End Their Day with ABC News as ‘Nightline’ Shifts to 12:35 a.m. on January 9 and Adds a Primetime Hour Every Friday Night at 9:00 p.m. Beginning March 1,” ABC said at the time.

Well, obviously March 1 has come and gone, and “Nightline” isn’t on the schedule yet. That said, TVNewser hears that the show will still be getting a primetime slot, likely starting in May.

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‘Nightline’ Improves Timeslot, Loses Viewers During February Sweep

In its first February Sweep at a new time of 12:35am, “Nightline” drew 1.605 million Total Viewers, and 716,000 A25-54 viewers improving the timeslot +11% in Total Viewers, but losing more than half its audience from last February when the show aired an hour earlier on most ABC stations.

“Nightline” averaged 3.878 million viewers during the month of February 2012; 1.460 million in the A25-54 demo. In November, the most recent Sweep in the earlier timeslot, “Nightline” topped its competitors in total viewers and the two younger demos. Last month, the show fell to third place in all measurements in the later timeslot.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • February 2013 Sweep:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Late Night NBC 1.719M 777K 684K
Late, Late Show CBS 1.615M 721K 562K
Nightline ABC 1.605M 716K 527K

Wolf Blitzer Reports On Sexy Zombies And The End Of The World

Breaking news last night from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: the end is nigh. Sexy zombies (and Matt Damon) are invading earth.

“For those of you just joining us, we are all going to die,” Blitzer said, gravely. “Tweet us your doomsday thoughts @wolfblitzer, hashtag #sexpocalypse.”

Ok, so it wasn’t real, it was for Jimmy Kimmel‘s “Movie: The Movie 2V.” Still, there is no denying that Blitzer can act. Between “Skyfall” and “Movie: The Movie” The Blitz may have an acting career in his future.

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The Morning Ticker: ‘Katie’, King, Esposito

Katie Couric Recalls Her Date With Larry King

Daytime talk show host and former NBC and CBS news anchor Katie Couric was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night. During the interview she recalled a remarkable story about going on a date with former CNN anchor Larry King.

“I cannot believe… I refuse to believe that is true,” Kimmel said.

The actual story has to be heard to be believed.

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Who Says Jimmy Kimmel Doesn’t Do Journalism?

Since Jimmy Kimmel took over the 11:35 PM slot on ABC, viewers have had to wait that extra hour to get their late-night journalism fix. Of course, that doesn’t mean Kimmel isn’t capable of some journalistic entertainment of his own.

Take for example his “Lie Witness News” segment, where he asks ordinary people about extraordinary things… that never happened. This week he asked passersby in Los Angeles about President Obama’s public inauguration, which will of course take place on Monday.

‘Nightline’ Wins All Target Demos on Third Night in New Timeslot

On day three of the new “Nightline” time, the show placed first across all the target demos. It was the first win among A18-49 viewers, which is the key late night demographic, in the 12:35amET timeslot.

ABC’s wins in the A25-54 and A18-49 demographics were the largest margins over NBC and CBS yet for the show at 12:35amET. Year-over-year gains were strong, too: compared to ABC’s performance in the same timeslot last year, “Nightline” was up +28% in Total Viewers, +31% in the A25-54 demographic and +41% in the A18-49 demographic.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for 12:35am January 11, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.950M 992K 751K
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 1.534M 669K 510K
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 1.472M 651K 572K

One Night In, Kimmel Tops Letterman In Ratings, But Falls Short of ‘Nightline’

On his first night at 11:35, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” beat ”The Late Show with David Letterman,” in the ratings drawing nearly 3.1 million viewers. That said, Kimmel fell short of  ”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,“ which drew 3.27 million viewers, as well as the show he replaced, “Nightline,” which averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.

There are caveats, however. Kimmel’s ratings are based on a 50 minute program, whereas “Nightline” was based on a 25 minute program. In addition, as we noted earlier this week, “JKL” is likely to make more money for ABC in that timeslot than “Nightline” did, even if the ratings aren’t as high. Younger viewers typically mean higher CPMs.

Of course, one night is hardly a trend. We will still have to wait and see where Kimmel’s ratings finally settle. That will likely take much more time.

Update: The “Nightline” numbers are in, and the program topped both “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in total viewers (1.72M compared to 1.35M and 1.30M). That said, the entertainment shows are both one hour, and “Nightline” is only a half-hour, so it isn’t a perfect comparison. Further, “Nightline”‘s 1.7 million viewers is fewer than half of what it used to draw at 11:30 PM, when it averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.

Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Is It Too Late To Call ‘Nightline’ And Get Them Back?’

ABC launched its new late night lineup last night with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35et/10:35ct on most ABC stations followed by “Nightline.”

“I want to thank our network ABC for this vote of confidence,” said Kimmel, adding, “It was a big decision. It’s a risky decision. Some might even say it was a stupid decision. But I want them to know that I understand what’s at stake here, and I do not take this responsibility lightly.” He also praised “Nightline,” before showing a clip from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

“Is it too late to call ‘Nightline’ and get them back?” he joked.

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Kimmel also got a welcome from his hero David Letterman during the “Late Show” on CBS: “Now, ladies and gentlemen, in America if you want, you have your choice of three nearly identical television late night talk shows. Welcome to Jimmy Kimmel.”

Jimmy Kimmel Plays Down ‘Nightline’ Ratings Comparison In Advance Of 11:35 Debut

Tonight Jimmy Kimmel takes over 11:35 PM on ABC, pushing back “Nightline,” which will now start at 12:35 AM. In an interview with Broadcasting & Cable editor Melissa Grego (subscription required), Kimmel sets low ratings expectations, hinting that he expects the program to perhaps draw fewer eyeballs than “Nightline”:

Kimmel says he hopes people don’t make direct comparisons of Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s ratings to Nightline‘s. “Nightline is a half-an-hour-long show that was rated on, like, 17 minutes,” he says, “and we’re an hour-long show — and in late-night, that’s a major factor. Your first half-hour is higher-rated than your second half-hour because people go to sleep.” The only fair comparison to make is with Leno and Letterman. “We’re all on head-to-head now,” Kimmel says.

That said, ABC still says it expects to make more money with Kimmel than it would with “Nightline,” which was one of the impetuses behind the move to 11:30:
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