'Nightline' Tops Broadcast Season For First Time

Beats 'Late Show,' 'Tonight Show' in key demos, also wins May sweeps

ABC's Nightline
won the 2010-11 broadcast season and the May sweeps period in late night,
beating CBS' Late Show with David
and NBC's Tonight Show with
Jay Leno
in total viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, according to

It is the first time ever that the program placed first in
total viewers, A25-54 or A18-49 for a full broadcast season.

It was also the first time that Nightline ranked first in both adult demos during a May sweeps and
the first time the newsmagazine beat The
Tonight Show
in any of the three demos during May sweeps since 1995.

Broadcast season and May sweeps ratings below (note: ABC's
ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast; CBS and NBC's are based on a
broadcast that is approximately 50 minutes).

(2010-11 Broadcast Season)

VIEWERS   A25-54(000)/ Rtg
A18-49(000)/ Rtg

ABC Nightline
4,023,000                 1,649,000/ 1.3   
         1,277,000/ 1.0 

CBS Late
           3,554,000                 1,548,000/ 1.2   
         1,151,000/ 0.9

NBC Tonight Show       3,874,000                 1,596,000/ 1.3   
         1,274,000/ 1.0

(May 2011 Sweep)

VIEWERS   A25-54(000)/ Rtg

A18-49(000)/ Rtg

ABC Nightline
      4,402,000                  1,761,000/ 1.4             1,361,000/

CBS Late
             3,489,000                  1,524,000/ 1.2   
         1,133,000/ 0.9

NBC Tonight Show         3,395,000                  1,650,000/ 1.3   
         1,321,000/ 1.0