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‘Nightline’ Says Goodbye to 11:35: ‘We’re sure hoping you’ll give Jimmy all the support you’ve given us’

In the final 11:35 p.m. broadcast of “Nightline,” anchor Cynthia McFadden wished Jimmy Kimmel well in his new timeslot.

“Don’t you worry: all the great stories you’ve enjoyed, and we’ve loved bringing you over the past 33 years, will be just one hour later,” McFadden said. “Jimmy Kimmel will be on at 11:35 Eastern. We’re sure hoping you’ll give Jimmy all the support you’ve given us. We wish him the best. And we hope you’ll stay up for us.”

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Late Night Ratings: ‘Nightline’ Tops November Sweeps In Viewers, News and Entertainment Demos

In its penultimate month at 11:35 PM, and the final sweeps period in that timeslot, ABC’s “Nightline” topped late night in total viewers, the key news demo of adults 25-54 and the key entertainment demo of adults 18-49.

This is the 4th straight November sweeps that “Nightline” has won in total viewers, and the third straight in A25-54. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC placed second in all three categories, followed by CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”

For the week of November 19, “Nightline” placed second in total viewers and A25-54 behind Leno, and third in A18-49.

In January the show will move to the 12:35PM timeslot to make room for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and the broadcast will expand from 25 minutes to its original 30 minutes. Beginning in March, “Nightline” will also get an additional hour at 9PM on Fridays, though ABC has only committed to one cycle of primetime shows.

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).

  • Averages for November sweeps:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.86M 1.41M 1.08M
Tonight Show NBC 3.46M 1.32M 959K
Late Show CBS 3.21M 1.23M 1.01M
  • Averages for week of November 19:

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‘Nightline’ Wins 2011-2012 Season, As Overall Late Night Viewership Falls

For the third season running, “Nightline” was the #1 show in late night topping NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’s “The Late Show.” But as “Nightline” prepares for a late night shift, the show will likely see a drop-off in viewership with the hope of staying #1 against Jimmy Fallon on NBC and Craig Ferguson on CBS.

“Nightline” topped “The Tonight Show” with its largest A25-54 lead (+45,000) in 17 years – since the 1994-95 season. “Nightline” beat “The Late Show” by its largest margins in both Total Viewers (+728,000) and Adults 25-54 (+186,000) in 13 years – since the 1998-99 season.

In January, “Nightline” will move to 12:35pmET/11:35pmCT as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” gets the coveted timeslot after the late local news, going head-to-head with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

While “Nightline” gets the win, the show is down from the 2010-2011 season: down -6% in Total Viewers and -10% in both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers. But “Nightline” is not alone in seeing a drop-off. Collectively, year-over-year “Nightline,” Leno and Letterman are down -7% in total viewers and down -12% in both the A25-54 and A18-49 demos as cable programs and other media vie for consumer attention, especially among younger viewers. And the loss of younger viewers is not an anomaly: the shows are down -13% (A25-54) and -19% (A18-49) vs. the 2009-2010 season.

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).

  • Averages for the 2011-2012 Season:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.70M 1.44M 1.11M
Tonight Show NBC 3.64M 1.39M 1.07M
Late Show CBS 2.97M 1.25M 957K

The numbers for the week of Sept. 17 and the third quarter of 2012 show the downward trend as all three shows are down from their season averages. Not a good sign and likely another factor in ABC’s decision to move Kimmel up a half hour.

  • Averages for the week of Sept. 17, 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.52M 1.33M 960K
Tonight Show NBC 3.13M 1.15M 912K
Late Show CBS 2.89M 1.06M 802K

  • Averages for Q3 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.26M 1.21M 918K
Tonight Show NBC 3.46M 1.31M 1.04M
Late Show CBS 2.35M 925K 690K

The Afternoon Ticker: Williams, Nightline, Regan

  • “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams left Tampa late last night for New Orleans where he’ll anchor “Nightly” from Plaquemines Parish. This is Williams’ 17th reporting trip from New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck 7 years ago.

  • ABC’s “Nightline” won the late night ratings race last week, with its best performance in 4 weeks. The show drew 100,000 more viewers than Jay Leno and 1,000,000 more than David Letterman. The show moves back an hour in January when “Jimmy Kimmel Live” goes head to head with Leno and Letterman.

  • On Bloomberg’s “Street Smart” from Tampa, Trish Regan presented former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a tailored green jacket, honoring Rice’s recent admittance into the Augusta National Golf Club after a public outcry against the club’s male-only membership policy.

Variety TV Critic: ‘ABC News is another cog in the corporate machinery’

Variety TV critic Brian Lowry uses the “Nightline”/Jimmy Kimmel situation as a jumping off point to examine the current state of ABC’s news division.

He notes the recent spate of gaffes (The Tea Party incident in Aurora, The Tony Scott cancer story, etc), as well as what happened the last time “Nightline” went to primetime, to argue that while business may be booming, the quality of the journalism is not as clear.

Whatever the truth, there’s a perception ABC is developing a habit of placing being first ahead of accuracy…

Perhaps more troubling, as ABC News experiences qualitative glitches, the bottom-line news has been mostly rosy — particularly in the morning, where “Good Morning America” is challenging “Today’s” longtime dominance of the daypart.

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Why Did ‘Nightline’ Get Demoted? The Answer Is Pretty Simple: Jimmy Kimmel Wanted 11:35 PM

For years now there have been rumors that ABC would swap “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In 2013, it will finally happen. The reason is very simple: Jimmy Kimmel has wanted the 11:35  PM timeslot pretty much since he started at the network, and ABC finally decided to bet on him rather than the long-running ABC News program.

Two sources close to Kimmel tell me that the change came as a direct result of Kimmel getting a new, long-term contract extension at ABC. Kimmel demanded 11:35, or said he would walk, and ABC acquiesced. When Kimmel last signed a new contract with ABC in late 2010, ABC cut “Nightline” by five minutes to make room for Kimmel. This was the next logical step.

While “Nightline” is a very successful program both editorially and financially (ABC holds it up internally as one to emulate), the network simply bet that it could make more money in the long-term from Kimmel at 11:30 than it could from “Nightline.”

The move makes sense for Kimmel, who can now compete head to head with Jay Leno and David Letterman in a late night environment more competitive than ever. For ABC, if Kimmel succeeds in the timeslot he will bring in “substantially” more revenue that “Nightline” did, a source explains.

Inside ABC News, staffers are–understandably–said to be “devastated” by the decision, according to someone close to the program. ABC News president Ben Sherwood is holding meetings with staff this afternoon to try and answer questions about the move.

ABC News is arguing that the new deal for “Nightline” is a positive. The program is actually expanding in late night (to the full half hour it used to have until last year) and that it will be getting an hour a week in primetime starting in March:

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ABC Swaps ‘Nightline’, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

ABC News is swapping the timeslots of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in January.

In a memo to ABC staffers this afternoon, president Ben Sherwood wrote “ABC believes it has a strong growth opportunity in late night if Jimmy Kimmel Live precedes Nightline.”

Beginning January 8, Kimmel will air at 11:35pmET. The move puts Kimmel in direct competition with NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and CBS’ “Late Night with David Letterman.”

“Nightline,” which has had great ratings success in its current timeslot, will shift to an hour later, at 12:35amET, and will expand from 25 to 30 minutes. (The program was shortened last year when Kimmel moved to midnight.) “Nightline” will also get an additional hour each Friday night at 9pmET beginning in March. With the additional production, the network is expected to hire more people for the show.

“These changes take effect 20 weeks from now, and until then, Nightline remains in its existing time slot with a lot of important work to do, including covering two conventions, four debates and a presidential election,” Sherwood wrote. “Our viewers are counting on us to deliver the exceptional journalism that has always defined Nightline.”

Sherwood’s full memo to staffers, as well as the official announcement from ABC, are both after the jump.

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes Aim At TV News, And CNN

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel takes the recent Gallup poll reporting that Americans don’t have much confidence in TV news, and uses it to take aim at cable news… and CNN in particular. Citing the recent Supreme Court healthcare coverage, he suggests a new slogan for CNN.


In a separate segment, Kimmel took CNN host Piers Morgan‘s interview with actor Robert Blake, and turned it into a cartoon.


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Jake Tapper Talked Jimmy Kimmel Out of Telling Santorum Joke at Correspondents’ Dinner

Jake Tapper with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

Jimmy Kimmel went on Howard Stern‘s radio show earlier this week and talked about some of the jokes he didn’t tell at last month’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

KIMMEL: I had some jokes about — like Rick Santorum. I said something like — well, I didn’t say it, but: Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.

STERN: You didn’t want any abortion jokes?

KIMMEL: People went like, uh-oh. I ran it by people who go to this thing.

STERN: Who do you run it by?

KIMMEL: There’s a guy named Jake Tapper at ABC News, I ran jokes by him. He’s been there a lot of times. There are a few other people — reporters.

Tapper confirms, telling Yahoo’s Dylan Stableford, “I tried to help Jimmy with the temperature of the room. And yes, I thought that joke would cause the room to turn against him, perhaps even causing a stampede, with the Hilton getting in on the tar and feather concession.”

Jimmy Kimmel Goes On CNN To Talk CNN, Keith Olbermann Jokes

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel appeared on CNN’s “AC360″ to talk about the jokes he made–and didn’t make–at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Kimmel revealed a few jokes that were too racy for the room and also talked to Anderson Cooper about the CNN joke he made:

“You look great always, you are indeed the silver fox, but the HD is not helping the folks there at CNN, I think it is time to just go back to “D,” Kimmel quipped to Cooper.

Kimmel also talked about his Keith Olbermann joke, and the response he received on Twitter from the former MSNBC and Current TV host. Even Cooper got in the game. “He responded on Twitter, which I think is the only media form he still has access to,” Cooper quipped.