ABC News Programs Hit Multi-Year Sweep Highs in February

By Coordinator

Mar 11, 2011 11:16am

“World News” Draws Largest Overall Sweep Audience in Nine Sweep Periods and Most-Watched February Sweep in Three Years


“GMA” Attracts Largest Total Viewer Sweep Audience in 13 Sweeps Periods and Most-Watched February Sweep in Four Years


“Nightline” Is No. 1 Among A25-54 – First Time Ever For A February Sweep and Posts Largest Total Viewing Audience In 7 Years For A February Sweep Period


“This Week” Only Public Affairs Program To Grow Demo Year to Year During February Sweep


“This Week” Delivers Most Competitive Demo Performance In 11 Years Over “Face The Nation” During A February Sweep



“World News with Diane Sawyer”

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” turned in its largest overall February sweep audience in three years – since February 2008.  In addition, the ABC program drew its largest overall sweep audience in nine sweeps periods – since November 2008.  Versus February 2010, “World News” built on its Total Viewer count (+1%), standing as the only network evening news program to grow its overall audience (CBS’ “Evening News” was down by -4%; NBC’s “Nightly News” fell by -10%). 


“Good Morning America”

“Good Morning America” registered its most-watched overall February sweep audience in 4 years – since February 2007.  The ABC morning program registered its largest overall sweep audience in 13 sweeps periods – since November 2007.   In addition, “GMA” grew the most year-to-year in Total Viewers (+5%) among the network morning news programs (CBS’ “Early Show” was up by less than 1%, NBC’s “Today” fell by -6%).  



For the February 2011 Sweep, ABC News’ “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in late-night in Adults 25-54, representing the first time ever that “Nightline” ranked No. 1 in key adult news demo during a February sweep period.  “Nightline” took the top spot in Adults 25-54 for the 2nd consecutive sweep period, as the ABC program also ranked No. 1 in November 2010.


·         “Nightline” drew its largest overall February sweep audience in 7 years – since February 2004. 


“This Week with Christiane Amanpour”

For the February 2011 Sweep, “This Week” was up over November 2010 by +6% in Total Viewers and by +16% in Adults 25-54, growing over the previous sweep for the 2nd sweeps period in a row.   Additionally, ABC’s “This Week” grew from the year-ago sweep in the key young adult news demo (+11%), standing as the only public affairs program to improve year to year (CBS’ “Face the Nation” was down -18%; NBC’s “Meet the Press” was down -2%). 


·         “This Week” ranked as the No. 2 public affairs program during the February 2011 sweep, topping CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +6,000 Adults 25-54 viewers.  In fact, “This Week” delivered its most competitive Adults 25-54 performance over the CBS program during a February sweeps period in 11 years – since February 2000.


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Adults 18-49 Live+SD weeks of 2/28/11, 2/21/11 & 3/1/10.  Live+7 (where available) & Live+SD for Season-to-date 10-11 vs. 09-10 (9/2/10-3/4/11 vs. 9/21/09-3/5/10).  February 2011 Sweep (2/3-3/2/11) & February 2010 Sweep (2/4-3/3/10).  November 2010 Sweep (10/28-11/24/10).  Sweep periods (November, February, May and July).

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