via press release:

With Reports for the ABC News Extreme Weather Team Throughout the Week “ABC World News”

Drew its Largest Audiences Since February 2011


On Tuesday, October 30, With In-Depth Covering the Hurricane’s Aftermath

“World News with Diane Sawyer” Delivers its Top Telecast in Over 1-Year


Season-to-Date, ABC Cuts Total Viewing Gap with NBC by 37% — Marking Smallest Gap in 4 Years

With coverage of Hurricane Sandy for the week of October 29, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” posted in its strongest numbers in both Total Viewers (8.60 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.0 rating/7 share/2.33 million) in 20 months (since w/o 2/7/11 and w/o 2/28/11, respectively), according to Nielsen Media Research.   


“World News” turned in its 3 strongest telecasts of the season to date in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 on Monday (9.34 million and 2.58 million – 10/29/12), Tuesday (9.69 million and 2.72 million – 10/30/12) and Wednesday (8.65 million and 2.44 million – 10/31/12).  In fact, the Tuesday broadcast stood as “World News’” top telecast in both overall viewers and in the key adult news demo in over 1 year – since 9/5/11.


“World News” improved on its year-ago week performance by +12% in Total Viewers and by +18% in Adults 25-54 (7.65 million and 1.97 million, respectively, on w/o 10/31/11).


“World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 1.21 million Total Viewers and by 182,000 Adults 25-54.


Season-to-date, which excludes the week of October 29, “World News” has narrowed its Total Viewer gap (-37%) with “NBC Nightly News” for the second year in a row to post its smallest (439,000) with the NBC program in 4 years– since the 2008-09 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; @ABCWorldNews;;


EVENING NEWS (Week of October 29, 2012)


  Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 8,601,000 2.0/7; 2,330,000 5.7/11
NBC 10,063,000 2.9/7; 3,150,000 6.6/12
CBS 7,393,000 1.8/6; 2,148,000 5.0/ 9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/29/12, 10/22/12 & 10/31/11.  Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/24 – 11/04/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 11/6/11).  Tracking based on actuals (000).

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