via press release:

“World News” Posts Best Overall and Adults 25-54 Demo Ratings Since January 2011

“World News” Closes the Gap with “NBC Nightly News” in Demo Week to Week, Year to Year and Season to Date

“World News” Continues to Have its Best Season in Four Years with Total Viewer Gains Versus Same Point Last Season

For 4th Time in Last 5 Weeks, “World News” Slashes Year-to-Year Adults 25-54 Margin

with “NBC Nightly News”


“World News” Airs No. 1 Telecast on Friday in Adults 25-54 


For the week of January 6, 2014, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 9.422 million Total Viewers and a 2.1 rating/7 share/2.461 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. Growing over the previous week (9.195 million and 2.275 million, respectively, on w/o 12/30/13) in Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults 25-54 (+8%) to hit new season highs, “World News” posted its strongest performance in both measures in nearly 3 years – since w/o 1/31/11. 

“World News” turned in double-digit increases year to year in both Total Viewers (+11%) and Adults 25-54 (+11%) – 8.488 million and 2.224 million, respectively, on w/o 1/7/13.

“World News” ranked the No. 1 on Friday in Adults 25-54leading NBC’s “Nightly News” on the night by +170,000 demo viewers (2.251 million vs. 2.081 million on 1/10/14).


“World News” cut its Adults 25-54 margins with “NBC Nightly News” both week to week (-14% – 264,000 vs. 307,000) and year to year (-29% – 264,000 vs. 370,000).  In addition, “World News” has narrowed its news demo margin from the year-ago week with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits in 4 of the last 5 weeks.


Season to date, “World News” is up versus the same point last season in Total Viewers (+2%), delivering its most-watched season in 4 years – since the 2009-10 season. In addition, “World News” is narrowing its season margin with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 by double digits (-21% – 283,000 vs. 359,000) 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 5 years – since the 2008-09 season.


“World News” has also significantly widened its Adults 25-54 lead over “CBS Evening News” versus its year-ago season lead by 83% (329,000 vs. 180,000).


For the week, “ABC World News” beat the “CBS Evening News” by 1.371 million Total Viewers and by 347,000 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@ABCWorldNewsfacebook.com/DianeSawyerfacebook.com/WorldNews.


EVENING NEWS (Week of January 6, 2014)


ABC WORLD NEWS     9,422,000   2.1/7; 2,461,000 1.3/5; 1,684,000   6.2/11

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS  10,693,000   2.3/8; 2,725,000 1.6/6; 2,069,000   7.0/12

CBS EVENING NEWS   8,051,000   1.8/6; 2,114,000 1.1/4; 1,423,000   5.2/ 9


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/6/14, 12/30/13 and 1/7/13.  Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 – 1/12/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 – 1/13/13).

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