Nightline #1 in Late Night Again, Having Best Season in 17 Years

By Chris Ariens 

ABC’s “Nightline” was the number one program again last week topping NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” This is the fourth week in a row “Nightline” has been the number one program among Total Viewers.

Letterman was tops in both younger demos. But season-to-date, “Nightline” ranks in first place among Total Viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 viewers. This is the first time “Nightline” has been in first place at this point in the season since at least the 1993-94 season when Letterman began on CBS.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on one hour.

Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.88M 1.58M 1.23M
Late Show CBS 3.80M 1.67M 1.29M
Tonight Show NBC 3.60M 1.45M 1.17M