‘Nightline’ is #2 for Season, #1 for Quarter

By kevin 

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For the 2008-2009 season, ABC News’ “Nightline” placed second in Total Viewers and the demo. It’s the first time the program has topped CBS in the demo since ’99-’00. Against the 2007-2008 season, “Nightline” reduced the Total Viewer gap with NBC by 39%.

In the ratings quarter (6/29/09-9/20/09), “Nightline” placed first in Total Viewers, which it hasn’t done (in 3rd qtr) in 14 years, and second in the demo. Here are the averages for both time periods:

Show Network Season
A25-54
Season
Total Viewers
Quarter
A25-54
Quarter
Total Viewers
Tonight Show NBC 2.09M 4.65M 1.57M 2.88M
Nightline ABC 1.61M 3.76M 1.41M 3.56M
Late Show CBS 1.58M 3.68M 1.31M 3.34M

Related: Tonight, “Nightline” launches its “10 Commandments” series this evening with the adultery episode. Tomorrow, the program will explore the fourth commandment: “Remember to Keep the Sabbath Holy.” The show has an amusing quiz you can take here. (TVNewser is a “Holy Roller.”)

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