“ABC World News” Cuts Viewing Gaps with “NBC Nightly News” for Fifth Straight Week

For the Fifth Straight Week, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" Cuts the Total Viewing  and Demo Gaps with "NBC Nightly News" Year-to-Year

Season-to-Date, "ABC World News" Narrows the Viewership Gaps with  "NBC Nightly News" by Double-Digits Among Both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54

"ABC World News" Builds on Both Total Viewing and Demo Audiences Year-to-Year - Delivering Best Demo Performance in Over 8 Months

For the week of November 28, 2011, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 8.15 million Total Viewers and a 1.9 rating/7 share/2.28 million among Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. Building on the previous week (+2%) to hit a season-high in Adults 25-54,  "World News" registered is strongest news demo performance in over 8 months - since w/o 3/21/11.

The ABC evening newscast was up in both Total Viewers (+2%) and Adults 25-54 (+4%) from the year-ago week, building on its overall audience number year-to-year for each of the 11 weeks this season.  Additionally, "World News" improved the most year-to-year among the evening network newscast in Adults 25-54 (NBC was down -4%; CBS was up +2%).

Registering season-best numbers in Total Viewers (8.70 million) and Adults 25-54 (2.61 million), Monday's broadcast (11/28/11) stood as "World News'" most-watched telecast 6 months and best Adults 25-54 delivery in 8 months for a regular broadcast - since 5/24/11 and 3/21/11, respectively.

For the 5th week in a row, "ABC World News"  cut its gaps with "NBC Nightly News" from the same week last year in both Total Viewers (-13% - 1.60 million vs. 1.83 million) and Adults 25-54 (-34% - 406,000 vs. 613,000) .  "ABC World News"  decreased its margins week to week with "NBC Nightly News" by -4% in Total Viewers (1.60 million vs. 1.67 million) and by -3% in Adults 25-54 (406,000 vs. 420,000).

"ABC World News"  outperformed the "CBS Evening News" by 1.58 million Total Viewers and by 444,000 Adults 25-54, turning in its best news demo lead over the CBS program in 7 months - since w/o 4/25/11.

Season to date, "World News" is up in both Total Viewers (+4%) and Adults 25-54 (+3%) compared to the same point last season. Additionally, "World News" has cut its season-to-date gaps with "NBC Nightly News" by double-digits in both Total Viewers (-17%) and Adults 25-54 (-19%), posting its smallest news demo margin (326,000) with the NBC program in 3 years - since the 2008-09 season.

"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.

EVENING NEWS (Week of November 28, 2011)

  Total Viewers      Adults 25-54    Households
ABC       8,149,000 1.9/7;  2,277,000   5.4/10
NBC   9,744,000 2.2/8;  2,683,000   6.4/12
CBS   6,572,000 1.5/5;  1,833,000   4.5/ 8
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