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ABC's WORLD NEWS Ranks No. 1 in Key Demo

"ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" ranked as the No. 1 evening news program in Adults 25-54 (1.764 million) during the week of August 4, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. In fact, "World News" has taken the top spot in the key adult news demo for the 5th time in the last 6 weeks and in 11 of the last 18 weeks, overall. "World News" led NBC "Nightly News" (1.687 million) by 77,000 demo viewers.

For the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks, "World News" out-delivered "NBC Nightly News" in Adults 25-54 in all five head to head telecast during the week: Monday (+48,000 - 1.919 million vs. 1.871 million), Tuesday (+77,000 - 1.826 million vs. 1.749 million), Wednesday (+70,000 - 1.854 million vs. 1.784 million), Thursday (+113,000 - 1.819 million vs. 1.706 million) and Friday (+76,000 - 1.401 million vs. 1.325 million). Further, in the last 4 weeks, "World News" has aired the week's No. 1 telecast in Adults 25-54 with its Monday airing and has beaten "Nightly News" in 16 of the last 20 head-to-head telecasts.

"World News" cut its Total Viewer gaps with "NBC Nightly News" both week to week (-31% - 441,000 vs. 638,000) and year to year (-15% - 441,000 vs. 518,000).

Season to date, "World News" is up versus the same point last season in both Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+5%), delivering its most-watched season in 6 years and best news demo number in 3 years - since the 2007-08 and the 2010-11 seasons, respectively. "World News" also stands as the only evening newscast to improve on its news demo performance from the previous season compared to "CBS Evening News" (-5%) and "NBC Nightly News" (-3%).

In addition, "World News" is narrowing its season margin with "NBC Nightly News" in Adults 25-54 by more than half (-57% - 127,000 vs. 294,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year. In fact, cutting its Adults 25-54 gap by double digits for the 3rd consecutive season, "World News" is seeing its closest news demo performance with the NBC program in 6 years - since the 2007-08 season.

"World News" has significantly increased its Adults 25-54 season lead over "CBS Evening News" versus its year-ago season lead (+79% - 411,000 vs. 230,000).

For the week, "ABC World News" beat the "CBS Evening News" by 1.070 million Total Viewers, 382,000 Adults 25-54 and 248,000 Adults 18-49.

"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; @ABCWorldNews; facebook.com/DianeSawyer; facebook.com/WorldNews.

EVENING NEWS (Week of August 4, 2014)

ABC WORLD NEWS 7,023,000 1.5/7; 1,764,000 1.0/5; 1,211,000 4.8/10
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS 7,464,000 1.4/7; 1,687,000 1.0/5; 1,284,000 5.1/11
CBS EVENING NEWS 5,953,000 1.2/5; 1,382,000 0.8/4; 963,000 4.0/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 8/4/14, 7/28/14 and 8/5/13. Most Current: 2013-2014 Season (9/23/13 - 8/10/14) and 2012-2013 Season (9/24/12 - 8/11/13). Averages based on regular telecasts.

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