‘World News’ Scores Largest Overall Audience and Best News Demo Performance in Three Years

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“World News” Weekly Demo is Up the Most from Last Year (+19%) Compared to NBC and CBS


“World News” Narrows its Year to Year Demo Gap with “NBC Nightly News” by Double Digits (40%) Seven Weeks in a Row


“World News” is the Only Newscast to Improve its Demo Performance Season to Date (+3%) from Last Year


“World News” is Posting its Smallest Season to Date Demo Margin with NBC in Six Years


“World News” Ranks No. 1 on Tuesday in Demo for Top Single-Day Number in Three Years



For the week of February 3, 2014, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 9.491 million Total Viewers and a 2.3 rating/8 share/2.763 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.  Posting gains over the previous week (9.400 million and 2.703 million, respectively, on w/o 1/27/14) for the 3rd week in a row in both Total Viewers (+1%) and Adults 25-54 (+2%) to hit new season highs, “World News” drew its largest overall audience and best news demo performance in 3 years – since w/o 1/31/11.


“World News” ranked as the No. 1 evening newscast on Tuesday in Adults 25-54, beating NBC’s “Nightly News” by +94,000 demo viewers (3.112 million vs. 3.018 million on 2/4/14).  Further, “World News’” Tuesday airing was its top single-day news demo telecast in 3 years – since 2/1/11.


For the 5th time in the last 6 weeks, “World News” saw increases over the year-ago week in both Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 25-54 (+19%) – 8.628 million and 2.328 million, respectively, on w/o 2/4/13.  Once again, “World News” grew the most year to year in Adults 25-54 compared to “CBS Evening News” (+6%) and “NBC Nightly News” (+12%).


“World News” narrowed its Adults 25-54 gap with “NBC Nightly News” year to year nearly in half (-40% – 188,000 vs. 315,000).  In fact, “World News” has cut its news demo gap with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits from the year-ago week for the last 7 weeks.


Season to date, “World News” is up versus the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+3%) and Adults 25-54 (+3%), delivering its most-watched season in 5 years and best news demo number in 3 years – since the 2008-09 and the 2010-11 seasons, respectively. “World News” also stands as the only evening newscast to improve its demo performance from the previous season compared to “CBS Evening News” (-6%) and “NBC Nightly News” (-2%).


In addition, “World News” is narrowing its season margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 by double digits (-29% – 252,000 vs. 355,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year. In fact, “World News” is posting its smallest news demo margin with the NBC program in 6 years – since the 2007-08 season.


“World News” has nearly doubled its Adults 25-54 lead over “CBS Evening News” versus its year-ago season lead (+96% – 347,000 vs. 177,000).


For the week, “ABC World News” beat the “CBS Evening News” by 969,000 Total Viewers and by 497,000 Adults 25-54.  In fact, “World News” led the CBS program by its largest news demo advantage in nearly 4 months (since w/o 10/14/13) and 2nd largest overall this season.


“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@ABCWorldNewsfacebook.com/DianeSawyerfacebook.com/WorldNews.


EVENING NEWS (Week of February 3, 2014)



ABC WORLD NEWS      9,491,000         2.3/8; 2,763,000    1.5/6; 1,937,000    6.3/11

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS    10,973,000        2.5/8; 2,951,000    1.7/7; 2,204,000    7.1/13

CBS EVENING NEWS    8,522,000         1.9/6; 2,266,000    1.2/5; 1,503,000    5.5/10


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 2/3/14, 1/27/14 and 2/4/13.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 2/9/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 2/10/13).


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