'ABC World News' Stands as the Only Evening Newscast to Grow Overall Audience Year-to-Year

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“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Stands as the Only Evening Newscast

to Grow Overall Audience Year-to-Year

On Monday, “ABC World News” Delivered its Most-Watched Newscast in 7 Months

ABC Newscast Slashes Total Viewing Gap with “NBC Nightly News” by 43%

and Demo Gap by 28%, Year-to-Year


For the week of September 10, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 7.60 million Total Viewers and a 1.5 rating/6 share/1.83 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. “ABC World News” was up week-to-week in both Total Viewers (+3%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%) – 7.41 million and 1.76 million, respectively, on w/o 9/3/12. Building its overall audience for the 5th week in a row, the ABC evening newscast drew its largest overall audience in more than 6 months – since w/o 2/27/12.


“World News” improved on the year-ago week in Total Viewers by +5% (7.25 million on w/o 9/12/11), standing as the only evening news program to grow its Total Viewer audience year-to-year – “NBC Nightly News” (-1%) and “CBS Evening News” (flat).


On Monday, “World News” delivered its most-watched telecast (9.10 million – 9/10/12) in 7 months – since 2/13/12.


For the 2nd straight week, “World News” cut its year-to-year gaps (w/o 9/12/11) with “NBC Nightly News” in both Total Viewers (-43% – 555,000 vs. 974,000) and Adults 25-54 (-28% – 322,000 vs. 450,000).


Season-to-date, “World News” is narrowing its gap with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 (-18%), delivering its smallest news demo margin (385,000) with the NBC program in 3 years – since the 2008-09 season.


“ABC World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 1.86 million Total Viewers and 294,000 Adults 25-54. It was “World News’” largest Total Viewer lead over the CBS program in nearly 1 year (since w/o 10/10/11) and 2nd largest overall of the season. In addition, “World News” posted its biggest news demo lead in more than 3 months – since w/o 5/21/12.


NOTE: On Monday, “CBS Evening News” did not air due to the men’s final of the U.S. Open. CBS’ weekly averages are based on 4 days (Tue-Fri). On Friday, David Muir anchored “World News.”


“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. Follow Diane Sawyer and the “World News” team online: @DianeSawyer; @ABCWorldNews; facebook.com/DianeSawyer; facebook.com/WorldNews.


EVENING NEWS (Week of September 10, 2012)


Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 7,595,000 1.5/6; 1,831,000 5.2/11
NBC 8,150,000 1.8/7; 2,153,000 5.6/11
CBS 5,735,000 1.3/5; 1,537,000 4.0/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 9/10/12, 9/3/12 & 9/12/11. Season-to-date, Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 9/16/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/11 – 9/18/11).

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