The ‘Nightline’ Comeback

By kevin 

ABC’s “Nightline” is featured in this week’s TV Guide, which chronicled the program’s steady growth over the past few years. As we’ve noted, lately the show’s ratings regularly compete or best the late-night competition on NBC and CBS, but, as TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio points out, the program “not only has to fight off a network entertainment division that covets its time period, it has also faced tighter budgets and a perception that its mission is obsolete in a world of 24-hour cable news and the Internet.”

“Nightline” just posted its best Q4 ratings in six years and topped NBC for the first time since 1993. The show averaged 4 million total viewers, placing just behind CBS’ “Late Show” (4.22M) and ahead of NBC’s “Tonight” show (2.55M). “Nightline” also averaged 1.58M in the 25-54 demo and 1.33M in the 18-49.

You can read the full TV Guide article after the jump, in our fancy Scribd viewer.


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