'ABC World News with Diane Sawyer' Cuts Total Viewing Gap with 'NBC Nightly News' for Fourth Straight Week

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“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Cuts Total Viewing Gap

with “NBC Nightly News” for Fourth Straight Week


“World News” Improves Total Viewing Audience Year-to-Year in 8 of the Last 9 Weeks


 “World News” in Most Competitive Position in Four Years Season-to-Date


For the week of January 21, 2013, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 8.26 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share/2.12 million in Adults 25-54, according to NielsenMedia Research. For the 5th week running and the 8th time in the last 9 weeks, “World News” improved on its year-ago week performance among Total Viewers (8.23 million on w/o 1/23/12).


“World News” narrowed its Total Viewer margin with “NBC Nightly News” (-7%; 962,000 vs. 1.03 million) for the 4th week in a row.


Season-to-date, “World News” has increased its Total Viewing audience (+2% – 8.00 million vs. 7.87 million) compared to the same point last season, drawing its most-watched season in 3 years – since the 2009-10 season.  In addition, “World News” has narrowed its Total Viewer gap (-20%) with “NBC Nightly News” by double digits for the second year in a row to post its smallest gap (787,000) with the NBC program in 4 years– since the 2008-09 season. 


For the week “ABC World News” outdrew “CBS Evening News” by 1.03 million Total Viewers and by 85,000 Adults 25-54. 


“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.  Michael Corn is the executiveproducer of the broadcast. Follow Diane Sawyer and the “World News” team online: @DianeSawyer; @ABCWorldNews; facebook.com/DianeSawyer; facebook.com/WorldNews.


EVENING NEWS (Week of January 21, 2013)


  Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 8,258,000 1.8/6; 2,118,000 5.7/11
NBC 9,220,000 2.1/7; 2,545,000 6.2/11
CBS 7,232,000 1.7/6; 2,033,000 4.9/ 9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/21/13, 1/14/13 & 1/23/12.  Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 1/27/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 1/22/12).  All averages based on regular telecasts.

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