ABC's Late-Night Line-Up Gives the Network its 11th Win this Season


With its new line-up of Jimmy Kimmel Live at 11:35 p.m. and NIGHTLINE at 12:35 a.m., ABC ranked as the No. 1 network in late-night in both Total Viewers (2.624 million) and Adults 18-49 (922,000), winning the week for the 11th time in 16 weeks this season.

ABC delivered its biggest overall audience in late-night in 6 weeks (since the week of 11/26/12) and its 2nd-best performance with young adults so far this season.

ABC saw double-digit gains over the same week last year (2.199 million and 751,000 on w/o 1/9/12) of 19% in Total Viewers and 23% in Adults 18-49, standing as the only broadcaster in late-night to grow year over year in either Nielsen measure.

Jimmy Kimmel LIVE

During its first week in its new 11:35 p.m. time slot (Tuesday-Friday), ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live attracted its biggest audience in its history (3.017 million), surpassing the show's previous high by 26% (2.388 million on w/o 11/21/11). In fact, with Thursday's broadcast (3.194 million) and Tuesday's time period debut (3.102 million), JKL scored 2 of its Top 3 most-watched regular telecasts ever. In addition, JKL delivered its best performance with Adults 18-49 (1.070 million) in over 9 years (since w/o of 11/24/03).

Thursday's broadcast of JKL was the week's No. 1 telecast in late-night among Adults 18-49 (1.268 million).

Jimmy Kimmel LIVE ranked as the week's No. 1 show in late-night in Adults 18-49, beating runner-up NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno by 3% (1.070 million vs. 1.038 million).

Jimmy Kimmel LIVE beat CBS' THE Late Show with David Letterman during the week by 31% in Adults 18-49 (1.070 million vs. 819,000), marking JKL's first-ever in-season win and its largest margin of victory ever during any week over THE LATE SHOW. In addition, the ABC late-night program topped THE LATE SHOW on all 4 head-to-head telecasts with young adults.

JKL grew over its 2012-13 season averages in its previous 12:00 a.m. time slot by 55% in Total Viewers (3.017 million vs. 1.942 million) and by 60% in Adults 18-49 (1.070 million vs. 667,000).


In its first week (January 8-11, 2013) in its new 12:35 a.m. time-slot, NIGHTLINE ranked No. 1 versus its CBS and NBC competition in Total Viewers (1.760 million) and in the key Adult 25-54 demo (814,000), topping CBS' LATE LATE SHOW WITH Craig Ferguson (1.365 million and 615,000, respectively) and NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (1.591 million and 746,000, respectively), according to Nielsen Media Research.

NIGHTLINE turned in ABC's strongest performance of the season in the time period in Adults 25-54, while hitting the Net's best numbers in the time slot in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 since November - since w/o 11/26/12 and w/o 11/05/12, respectively.

NIGHTLINE improved ABC's performance in the time period on the same nights last year (January 10-13, 2012) by 25% in Total Viewers (1.760 million vs. 1.411 million), by 12% in Adults 25-54 (814,000 vs. 729,000) and by 6% in Adults 18-49 (597,000 vs. 563,000).

Late-Night (Week of Jan 7): TOTAL VIEWERS A18-49(000)

ABC (Tues-Fri) 2,624,000 922,000

CBS 2,174,000 646,000

NBC 2,108,000 712,000