For the 4th Time in the Past 5 Weeks, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Cuts Total Viewer Gap with “NBC Nightly News” Year-to-Year

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October 25th, 2011

via press release:

For the 4th Time in the Past 5 Weeks, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Cuts

Total Viewer Gap with “NBC Nightly News” Year-to-Year

 

“ABC World News” Grows Both Total Viewing and Demo Audience Year-to-Year

 

ABC Outperforms “CBS Evening News” by 1.61 Million Viewers and by 204,000 Adults 25-54

 

Season-to-date, “ABC World News” is up 5% Among Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

– ABC Newscast Sees Most Growth in Key News Demo Compared to Competition

 

For the week of October 17, 2011, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 7.59 million Total Viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share/2.05 million among Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research – marking the ABC newscasts largest overall audience in 8 weeks (since w/o 8/22/11).  For the 5th straight week, “World News” grew over the year-ago week in both Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 25-54 (+7%).

 

For the 4th time in the past 5 weeks, “World News” cut its Total Viewer margin with “NBC Nightly News” compared to the previous year (-11% - 860,000 vs. 969,000).

 

“ABC World News” outperformed “CBS Evening News” by 1.61 million Total Viewers and by 204,000 Adults 25-54.

 

Season to date, “World News” is up in both Total Viewers (+5%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%) compared to the same point last season.  In fact, the ABC newscast is up the most year to year in the key adults news demo from the same point last season (NBC is up by +3%; CBS is up by +4%).  In addition, “World News” has cut its season-to-date gaps with “NBC Nightly News” in both Total Viewer (-10%) and Adults 25-54 (-15%) versus its year-ago season gaps, posting its smallest margins (627,000 and 263,000, respectively) with the NBC program in 3 years – since the 2008-09 season.

 

Note:  George Stephanopoulos anchored “World News” on Thursday and Friday; Diane Sawyer was on assignment.

 

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” airs at 6:30 p.m., (ET) on the ABC Television Network.  Michael Corn is the executive producer of the broadcast.

 

EVENING NEWS (Week of October 17, 2011)

  Total Viewers     Adults 25-54      Households
       
ABC       7,588,000  1.7/6; 2,050,000     5.2/10
NBC   8,448,000  2.0/7; 2,386,000     5.7/11
CBS   5,974,000  1.5/6; 1,846,000     4.1/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/17/11, 10/10/11 & 10/18/10.  2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 10/23/11) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20 – 10/24/10).

 
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