“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Cuts Gaps with NBC by Double Digits

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“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Cuts Gaps with NBC by Double Digits

Season-to-Date — Total Viewer Gap by 16% and Demo Gap by 21%


Season-to-Date, “World News” Closes Demo Gap with NBC to the Smallest Margin in 3 Years


For the week of January 16, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 8.45 million Total Viewers and a 1.9 rating/6 share/2.26 million among Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  Growing for the 2nd straight week in both Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%), “World News” hit a season-high in overall viewers and its 2nd-best in the key adult news demo.  In fact, “World News” attracted its most-watched week in nearly 1 year – since w/o 2/28/11.  In addition, the ABC evening newscast delivered its most-watched telecasts of the season on Monday (8.78 million – 1/16/12).


“World News” has cut its season-to-date gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits in both Total Viewers (-16%) and Adults 25-54 (-21%), posting its smallest news demo margin (339,000) with the NBC program in 3 years – since the 2008-09 season.


“ABC World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 1.06 million Total Viewers.


“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 January 16, 2012)


  Total Viewers     Adults 25-54    Households
ABC       8,449,000 1.9/6;  2,261,000   5.6/10
NBC  10,249,000 2.4/8;  2,861,000   6.6/12
CBS   7,394,000 1.9/6;  2,287,000   4.9/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/16/12, 1/9/11 & 1/17/11.  Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 1/22/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/11 – 1/23/11).

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