ABC's WORLD NEWS Continues to Close Viewing Gaps with NBC

ABC's WORLD NEWS Continues to Close Viewing Gaps with NBC

For the week of August 5, 2013 "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 7.07 million Total Viewers and a 1.5 rating/6 share/1.76 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. "World News" posted Total Viewer increases from both the prior week (+2% - 6.96 million on w/o 7/29/13) and year-ago week (+4% - 6.78 million on w/o 8/6/12). In fact, the ABC evening newscast has improved week to week in 3 of the last 4 weeks and year to year in the last 3 weeks.

Among Adults 18-49, "World News" beat "NBC Nightly News" twice during a course of a week for the 2nd week in a row, ranking No. 1 on Wednesday (+129,000) and Friday (+14,000). In fact, in the last three weeks, "World News" has beaten "Nightly News" in 7 of their 15 head-to-head telecasts.

"World News" continues to narrow the viewing margins with "NBC Nightly News" in key measures. Last week it slashed more than 3/4 of its year-to-year margins with "NBC Nightly News" in both Total Viewers (-83%, 518,000 vs. 3.00 million) and Adults 25-54 (-77%, 246,000 vs. 1.07 million).

Season to date, "World News" has increased its Total Viewing audience (+2%) compared to the same point last season, drawing its most-watched season in 2 years - since the 2010-11 season. "World News" narrowed its margins by double digits with "NBC Nightly News" among both Total Viewers ?(-28%) and Adults 25-54 (-22%) to post its smallest margins (760,000 and 294,000, respectively) with the NBC program in 5 years- since the 2007-08 season.

For the week, "World News" defeated "CBS Evening News" by 1.34 million Total Viewers and by 362,000 Adults 25-54.

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EVENING NEWS (Week of August 5, 2013)

Total Viewers
Adults 25-54
Adults 18-49
1.5/6; 1,761,000
1.0/5; 1,267,000
1.7/7; 2,007,000
1.1/5; 1,344,000
1.2/5; 1,399,000
0.8/4; 968,000
3.9/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 8/5/13, 7/29/13 & 8/6/12. Most Current - 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 -8/9/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 - 8/5/12). All averages based on regular telecasts. (*Note: Due to coverage of Hurricane Sandy, w/o 10/29/12 was coded as a breakout and is excluded from the season count).