For 4th Straight Week ‘World News’ Improves in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Versus Same Week Last Year

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For 4th Straight Week “World News” Improves in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Versus Same Week Last Year

Gaps with NBC Continue to Narrow, Decrease by Double-Digits in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54


“World News” is Drawing its Most-Watched Season in Three Years


For the week of February 18, 2013, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 8.44 million Total Viewers and a 1.9 rating/7 share/2.25 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  “World News” was up over the previous week by +1% in Total Viewers and by +2% in Adults 25-54 – 8.33 million and 2.22 million, respectively, on w/o 2/11/13.


For the 4th straight week, “World News” improved on the same week last year in both Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 25-54 (+6%) – 7.66 million and 2.12 million, respectively, on w/o 2/20/12.  Further, “World News” has built on its Total Viewer audience year to year for the 9th consecutive week.


Compared to the year-ago week, “World News” decreased its margins with “NBC Nightly News” for the 4th week running by double-digits in both Total Viewers (-34% – 977,000 vs. 1.47 million) and Adults 25-54 (-24% – 316,000 vs. 417,000).


Season to date, “World News” has increased its Total Viewing audience (+2%) compared to the same point last season, drawing its most-watched season in 3 years – since the 2009-10 season.  For the 3rd year in a row, “World News” narrowed its margins in both Total Viewers (-23%) and Adults 25-54 (-6%) with “NBC Nightly News” to post its smallest gaps (804,000 and 347,000, respectively) with the NBC program in 4 years– since the 2008-09 season.  


For the week “ABC World News” beat “CBS Evening News” by 1.06 million Total Viewers and by 167,000 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 executive producer of the broadcast. Follow Diane Sawyer and the “World News” team online: @DianeSawyer; @ABCWorldNews;;


EVENING NEWS (Week of February 18, 2013)


  Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 8,439,000 1.9/7; 2,254,000   5.6/11
NBC 9,416,000 2.2/7; 2,570,000   6.3/11
CBS 7,377,000 1.8/6; 2,087,000   4.9/ 9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 2/18/13, 2/11/13 & 2/20/12.  Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 2/25/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 2/19/12).  All averages based on regular telecasts.

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