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ABC WORLD NEWS Continues to Cut Viewer Gap with NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

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For the week of December 24, 2012, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 8.27 million Total Viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share/2.11 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. "World News" grew both its overall (+4%, 7.94 million on w/o 12/17/12) and demo (+1%, 2.08 million on w/o 12/17/12) audiences compared to the previous week. In addition, the ABC newscast grew its overall audience year to year (+4%, 7.96 million on w/o 12/26/11).

"World News" slashed the Total Viewing gap with "NBC Nightly News" to the smallest margin in six weeks (825,000 viewers). ABC closed the overall viewing gap with NBC by 31% week to week (1.19 million on w/o 12/17/12).

Note: All three newscasts are based on a 3-day average (W-F). David Muir anchored the ABC broadcast Wednesday-Friday.

Season to date, "World News" has increased its Total Viewing audience (+1%, 7.87 million vs. 7.78 million) compared to the same point last season, drawing its most-watched season in 3 years - since the 2009-10 season. In addition, "World News" has narrowed its Total Viewer gap (-16%) with "NBC Nightly News" by double digits for the second year in a row to post its smallest gap (793,000) with the NBC program in 4 years- since the 2008-09 season.

"ABC World News" outperformed "CBS Evening News" by over a million Total Viewers and nearly 200,000 Adults 25-54.

For the 4th Quarter 2012, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 7.87 million Total Viewers and a 1.7 rating/7 share/2.01 million among Adults 25-54. "World News" increased its overall audience over the year-ago quarter (+1%, 4Q11 - 7.78 million). In addition, "World News" was up over the previous quarter (3Q12) in both Total Viewers (+10%) and Adults 25-54 (+10%).

Compared to the year-ago quarter (4Q11), "World News" decreased its margins with "NBC Nightly News" by double digits among Total Viewers (-16% - 793,000 vs. 940,000).

"ABC World News" outperformed the "CBS Evening News" during 4Q12 by 1.30 million Total Viewers and by 185,000 Adults 25-54 viewers.

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