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ABC News' 'Nightline' Tops Jay Leno, David Letterman

For the first time ever, ABC News' Nightline is No. 1 in total viewership during a fourth quarter, with an average of 3.93 million tuning in.

Nightline beat the competition -- NBC's Tonight Show (3.88 million) and CBS' Late Show With David Letterman (3.6 million) -- in total viewers as well as in the key news demo of adults 25-54, with Nightline averaging 1.61 million vs. Tonight's 1.59 million and Late Show's 1.57 million, according to Nielsen data.

The ABC news program's ratings were up 16% in total viewers, 15% in adults 25-54 and 14% in the adults 18-49 demo (1.27 million) compared to the previous quarter.

Nightline is No. 1 among total viewers and in adults 25-54 season-to-date in its time slot. This is significant as it is the first time at this point during the season that the program has remained on top since 1993-94 when David Letterman started his late-night gig at CBS.