ABC's WORLD NEWS Posts its Best Total Viewing Performance in Two Years

ABC's WORLD NEWS Posts its Best Total Viewing Performance in Two Years

For the week of January 7, 2013, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 8.49 million Total Viewers and a 1.9 rating/7 share/2.22 million in Adults 25-54, according to NielsenMedia Research.

"World News" saw week-to-week increases in both overall viewers and in the key adult news demo (8.48 million and 2.10 million on w/o 12/31/12). In fact, with its most-watched week of the season (regular telecasts), the ABC evening newscast posted its highest Total Viewer performance in nearly 2 years - since w/o 2/7/11. In addition, "World News" turned in its 2nd-best news demo number of the season (regular telecasts).

"World News" improved on the same week last year among both Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults25-54 (+2%) - 8.29 million and 2.18 million, respectively, on w/o 1/9/12. Further, "World News" has seen its Total Viewing audience grow year-to-year in 6 of the last 7 weeks.

For the 2nd week in a row, "World News" narrowed the gap "NBC Nightly News" from the year-ago week by double-digits in Total Viewers (-15% - 822,000 vs. 969,000).

Season-to-date, "World News" has increased its Total Viewing audience (+2%, 7.94 million vs. 7.80 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 (782,000) with the NBC program in 4 years- since the 2008-09 season.

"ABC World News" outperformed "CBS Evening News" by 1.35 million Total Viewers and by 186,000 Adults 25-54, posting its largest Total Viewer lead in 5 weeks - since w/o 12/3/12.

"ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. Michael Corn is the executiveproducer of the broadcast. Follow Diane Sawyer and the "World News" team online: @DianeSawyer; @ABCWorldNews;;

EVENING NEWS (Week of January 7, 2013)

Total Viewers Adults 25-54 Households
ABC 8,488,000 1.9/7; 2,224,000 5.7/11
NBC 9,310,000 2.2/7; 2,594,000 6.3/11
CBS 7,138,000 1.7/6; 2,038,000 4.8/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/7/13, 12/31/12 & 1/9/12. Most Current - 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 - 1/13/13) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 - 1/8/12). All averages based on regular telecasts.