Press Release

February 22, 2021

For Third Consecutive Week, ‘20/20’ Is Friday’s No. 1 Newsmagazine, Leading ‘Dateline’ Across the Board: Total Viewers, Adults 18–49 and Adults 25–54

Feb. 22, 2021

 

** Ratings Report for ABC News’ “20/20”

For Feb. 19, 2021

 

FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK, ‘20/20’ IS FRIDAY’S NO. 1 NEWSMAGAZINE, LEADING ‘DATELINE’ ACROSS THE BOARD: TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54

 

‘20/20’ Improves on Year-Ago Telecast in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49

 

For First Time in Five Years, ‘20/20’ Leads ‘Dateline’ in Key Demos: Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 Season to Date

 

 

For the third straight week, “20/20” ranked as Friday’s No. 1 newsmagazine and led NBC’s “Dateline” across the board: Total Viewers (+3% – 3.2 million vs. 3.1 million), Adults 18-49 (+25% – 0.5/3 vs. 0.4/2) and Adults 25-54 (+17% – 0.7/4 vs. 0.6/3).

 

“20/20” improved on its year-ago telecast (2/21/20) in Total Viewers (+23% – 3.2 million vs. 2.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (+25% – 0.5/3 vs. 0.4/2).

 

Season to date, “20/20” is leading NBC’s “Dateline” in Total Viewers (+7% – 3.2 million vs. 3.0 million), Adults 18-49 (+25% – 0.5/3 vs. 0.4/3) and Adults 25-54 (+33% – 0.8/4 vs. 0.6/3). In fact, “20/20” is beating “Dateline” in all key target demos at this point of the season for the first time in 5 years – since the 2015-2016 season. In addition, “20/20” is up in Total Viewers (+7% – 3.2 million vs. 3.0 million).

 

“20/20” featured the first TV exclusive interview with Margaret Rudin since her prison release after 20 years behind bars for her millionaire husband’s murder.

 

ABC News’ “20/20” is an award-winning primetime program anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. A proven leader in the long-form newsmagazine for over 40 years, “20/20” features hard-hitting investigative reports, in-depth coverage of high profile trials, unforgettable, character-driven stories and exclusive newsmaker interviews. In conjunction with ABC Audio, “20/20” produced top true crime podcasts “A Killing on the Cape” and “Cutthroat Inc.” “20/20” airs Fridays from 9:01–11:00 p.m. EST on ABC, and is available to stream on ABC News digital platforms and Hulu. David Sloan is senior executive producer and Janice Johnston is executive producer.

Source: The Nielsen Company, National Live + Same Day Ratings for 2/19/21, or as dated.  “20/20” premiered on 10/16/20.  2020 -2021 Season (9/21/20 – 2/21/21) and 2019 -2020 Season (9/23/19 – 2/23/20).  Beginning 8/31/20, national ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing.  Prior to 8/31/20, ratings do not include OOH viewing. 

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ABC News Media Relations

Van Scott

(347) 866-9843

van.scott@abc.com  

 

Pons Rongavilla

ponciano.rongavilla@abc.com

 

Elizabeth Russo

(917) 373-6418

elizabeth.russo@abc.com                               

 

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