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“World News Tonight” is the Only Program to Improve in Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the Season


“World News Tonight” is Up in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 from Year Ago Week

Season to date, ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” is averaging 497,000 more viewers, compared to the same time frame last season (8.476 million vs. 7.979 million), while “NBC Nightly News” is posting a 279,000 average loss (8.825 million vs. 9.104 million).  For the 2nd year in a row, “World News Tonight” is improving versus the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+6%) and Adults 25-54 (+1%)


“World News Tonight” is averaging its largest overall viewer audience in 8 years and strongest in the key adult news demo in 4 years – since the 2006-07 and the 2010-11 seasons, respectively.  In addition, “World News Tonight” is improving the most in Total Viewers and standing as the only evening newscast to grow in Adults 25-54 compared to “CBS Evening News” (+3%/-2%) and “NBC Nightly News” (-3%/-7%).


“World News Tonight averaged 7.498 million Total Viewers, 1.786 million Adults 25-54 and 1.263 million Adults 18-49 for the week of June 29, 2015, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. 


“World News Tonight” improved on its performance on the same week last year (7.297 million and 1.242 million, respectively, on w/o 6/30/14) in Total Viewers (+3%) and Adults 18-49 (+2%).   


Season to date, “World News Tonight” has slashed nearly all of its season margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 (-99% – 2,000 vs. 192,000), delivering its closest news demo performance with the NBC program in 8 years – since the 2006-07 season.  


“World News Tonight” cut its season gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by more than half in Total Viewers (-69% – 349,000 vs. 1.125 million) and Adults 18-49 (-64% – 87,000 vs. 242,000) to its closest performance in 7 years in Total Viewers and in 8 years in Adults 18-49  – since the 2007-08 and the 2006-07 seasons, respectively.


For the week, “World News Tonight” led the “CBS Evening News” by 761,000 Total Viewers, by 276,000 Adults 25-54 and by 233,000 Adults 18-49.


NOTE: Due to the 4th of July holiday, “ABC World News,” “NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” were coded as specials on Friday (7/3/15) and each telecast was excluded from the program averages. ABC’s, NBC’s and CBS’ weekly averages are based on four days (Mon-Thurs). 


 ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.  Almin Karamehmedovic is the executive producer of the broadcast. Follow David Muir and the “World News Tonight” team online: @DavidMuir; @WNTonight;

EVENING NEWS (Week of June 29, 2015)


           TOTAL VIEWERS   ADULTS 25-54    ADULTS 18-49    HOUSEHOLDS



TONIGHT            7,498,000   1.5/7; 1,786,000 1.0/5; 1,263,000   4.9/11

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS   8,449,000   1.7/8; 2,031,000 1.2/6; 1,490,000   5.5/12

CBS EVENING NEWS   6,737,000   1.3/6; 1,510,000 0.8/4; 1,030,000   4.4/10

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 6/29/15, 6/22/15 and 6/30/14.  Most Current: 2014-2015 Season (9/22/14 – 7/5/15) and 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 7/6/14).  Averages based on regular telecasts.   



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