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‘Nightline’ Delivers Strongest Demo Ratings in Six Months

nightline anchorsABC’s “Nightline” hit season highs for the week of December 16, posting its strongest ratings in the A25-54 and A18-49 demographics in six months (since the week of 6/17/13).

“Nightline” placed second for the week, behind NBC’s “Late Night” and ahead of CBS’ “Late Late Show.” Thursday’s broadcast was the night’s top-rated show in total viewers (1.805 million), the A25-54 demo (941,000) and the A18-49 demo (742,000).

Compared to ABC’s performance in the 12:35pm timeslot last year, “Nightline” is up across the board: +9% in total viewers, +20% in A25-54 viewers and +24% in A18-49 viewers.

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).

  • Week of December 16, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Late Night NBC 1.973M 937K 783K
Nightline ABC 1.621M 759K 594K
Late Late Show CBS 1.510M 614K 527K
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Bill Weir Leaving ABC News, Dan Harris Named ‘Nightline’ Co-Anchor

bill weir“Nightline” anchor Bill Weir is leaving ABC News for “another opportunity in the news business,” president Ben Sherwood announced this morning. Effective immediately, he will be replaced on “Nightline” by Dan Harris.

Weir has worked at ABC since 2004, when he helped launch the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Harris replaced Weir on weekend “GMA” when Weir moved to “Nightline” in 2010.

“Bill’s style is singular; his voice unique; and we will miss him and, yes, his turkey frying safety tips,” Sherwood wrote in a note to ABC News this morning. “I know you all will join me in thanking him for his contributions and wishing him the best.”

In his new role, Harris will continue to co-anchor the weekend edition of “GMA” alongside Bianna Golodryga. We’re told that the announcement of Harris’ move to “Nightline” was met with long and loud applause at this morning’s editorial meeting.

Read Sherwood’s full note after the jump. Read more

‘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

‘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

Promising Signs for ‘Nightline’ in New Timeslot

On its second night in a new timeslot, ABC News “Nightline” improved upon its first night by winning not just Total Viewers but also the key A25-54 news demo. Even more promising, versus ABC’s performance at 12:35am on the same night a year ago, “Nightline” was up by +14% in Total Viewers and up by +4% in Adults 25-54. Still, the audience is less than half of what it was when “Nightline” aired an hour earlier. And for those who’ve been asking, the show is still produced live.

(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 10, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.613M 756K 549K
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 1.606M 755K 631K
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 1.466M 689K 564K

‘Nightline’ Has Most-Watched Show in a Year

With just a month before its timeslot change, ABC’s “Nightline” remains the No. 1 late night show.

Last Tuesday’s “Nightline,” which featured a Powerball lottery story and an interview with the Pastor behind “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones‘s moral rebellion, was the show’s most-watched telecast in more than a year – since Nov. 22, 2011.

Season to date, “Nightline” is No. 1 among the late night broadcast programs in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 — the 3rd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in all 3 measures.

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 week of November 26, 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 4.252M 1.441M 1.101M
Tonight Show NBC 3.648M 1.368M 1.046M
Late Show CBS 2.895M 1.146M 857K

‘Nightline’ Still On Top, as Timeslot Change Looms

With just a few weeks left to go before ABC’s “Nightline” moves to a later timeslot, the show is still beating NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.”

For the week of November 5, “Nightline” won in all three ratings measurements — Total Viewers, A25-54 viewers and A18-49 viewers. “Nightline” has ranked as the number one latenight program for all seven weeks this season, putting the show on pace to win its third season straight.

When the show shifts to the 12:35pm timeslot in January, the broadcast will expand from 25 to 30 minutes. Beginning in March, “Nightline” will also get an additional hour at 9pmET on Fridays.

For the week of November 5, all three shows’ averages are based on only four days. On Election Day, “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” did not air and “Nightline” was coded as a special. 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 week of November 5:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.80M 1.41M 1.10M
Tonight Show NBC 3.60M 1.38M 1.08M
Late Show CBS 3.27M 1.24M 1.01M

Dan Harris Spends 48 Hours Reporting From Solitary Confinement: ‘Two of the worst days of my life’

Earlier this year, ABC News’ Dan Harris had an idea.

“I had been reading about all of the controversy surrounding solitary confinement, and the fact that it’s been subject to congressional hearings an UN reports,” Harris told TVNewser. “I thought it was a really important story, because we have 80,000 people locked up in solitary in this country.”

Harris and a team of producers began reaching out to jails with solitary confinement facilities across the country, trying to persuade them to allow Harris in to report for “Nightline.” The Denver County Jail was one of the only in the country to agree, and in June, Harris packed his bags for two days as a solitary prisoner.

“I was somewhat cocky going in, I have to say. I assumed that 48 hours without a Blackberry, without phone calls, without having to do any work, would be uncomfortable but mildly pleasant because I would relax,” Harris told TVNewser. “It turned out to be probably two of the worst days of my life.” Read more

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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‘Nightline’ #1 in Q2

They won the 2011-2012 season, so it figures “Nightline” would also be the #1 show in late night for the second quarter.

In numbers just released, the ABC News show topped NBC’s “The Tonight Show” by the largest gaps in 17 years: in A25-54 demo (by +180,000 viewers), in the A18-49 demo (by +199,000) and in Total Viewers (by +333,000).

“Nightline” also won the week of June 18. Those numbers after the jump…

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).

    Q2 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.84M 1.50M 1.20M
Tonight Show NBC 3.51M 1.32M 999KM
Late Show CBS 2.85M 1.18M 896K

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