Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Nightline" ratings rise as talk shows languish

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The writers strike is good news for ABC's "Nightline," whose ratings are on the rise, as its shuttered talk-show rivals languish in reruns.

According to Nielsen Media Research ratings for the week of November 5, the first week of the walkout, "Nightline" averaged 3.8 million viewers, up 6% from a year ago. It's the best viewership for "Nightline" since April 30.

CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman" led with 3.96 million, down 15%, while NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" posted 3.87 million, down 35%.

It was even closer in the adults 25-54 demographic, with "Nightline" actually beating "Leno," 1.9 million vs. 1.8 million. "Letterman" led with 1.92 million.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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