‘ABC World News’ Continues to Grow Year-to-Year; Slashes Total Viewing Gap with NBC Week-to-Week and Year-to-Year

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via press release:

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Continues to Grow Year-to-Year

— Increasing Overall Audience in 17 of the Last 18 Weeks

ABC Slashes Total Viewing and Demo Gaps with “NBC Nightly News” in Half, Week-to-Week

Year-to-Year, ABC Cuts Total Viewing Gap with NBC by 32%


For the week of April 22, 2013, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 7.52 million Total Viewers and a 1.6 rating/7 share/1.87 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.


“World News” saw its Total Viewer count grow from the year-ago week (+3% – 7.31 million on w/o 4/23/12) for the 6th straight week. In fact, “World News” has built on its overall audience year to year in 17 of the last 18 weeks.


“World News” slashed its week-to-week margins with “NBC Nightly News” in half among both Total Viewers (-55% – 605,000 vs. 1.35 million) and Adults 25-54 (-49% – 320,000 vs. 629,000).


“World News” cut its Total Viewer gap year-to-year with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits (-32% – 605,000 vs. 885,000), narrowing its Total Viewer margin on the same week last year in 5 of the last 6 weeks.


Season to date, “World News” has increased its Total Viewing audience (+4%) compared to the same point last season, drawing its most-watched season in 2 years – since the 2010-11 season. “World News” narrowed its margins with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits among both Total Viewers (-27%) and Adults 25-54 (-10%) to post its smallest margins in Total Viewers (798,000) and Adults 25-54 (332,000) with the NBC program in 4 years – since the 2008-09 season.


For the week, “ABC World News” beat the “CBS Evening News” by 1.08 million Total Viewers and by 155,000 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; facebook.com/DianeSawyer; facebook.com/WorldNews.


EVENING NEWS (Week of April 22, 2013)


Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 7,523,000 1.6/7; 1,869,000 5.2/11
NBC 8,128,000 1.8/7; 2,189,000 5.6/11
CBS 6,445,000 1.4/6; 1,714,000 4.4/ 9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 4/22/13, 4/15/13 & 4/23/12. Most Current – 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 4/28/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 4/22/12). All averages based on regular telecasts.

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