Best February Sweep in 7 Years for ‘Nightline’

By Chris Ariens 

ABC’s “Nightline” finishes February Sweeps with its highest Total Viewer audience in 7 years. The show came in second to NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Total Viewers but, for the first time ever for a February sweep, came in first in A25-45 viewers.

The Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Bill Weir-anchored show drew its largest overall February sweep audience since February 2004.

Last week, “Nightline” was #1 in Total Viewers (3.92 million), A25-54 viewers (1.64 million) and A18-49 (1.25 million) viewers.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on one hour.

For February, 2011:

Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.84M 1.64M 1.24M
Tonight Show NBC 3.94M 1.60M 1.26M
Late Show CBS 3.76M 1.63M 1.20M