Ratings: “ABC World News” Continues to Close Viewership Gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by Double Digits Year-to-Year

By David Ford

Jan 10, 2012 11:08am

Year-to-Year, ABC Slashes Total Viewer Gap with NBC by 37% and Demo Gap by 23%

“ABC World News” was the #1 Evening Newscast Among Total Viewers on Monday

For the week of January 2, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 7.97 million Total Viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share/2.10 million among Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

On Monday (1/2/12), “ABC World News” stood as the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, outperforming “NBC Nightly News” by 560,000 viewers (8.18 million vs. 7.62 million).

Compared to the same week last year, “World News” cut its gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits among both Total Viewers (-37% – 930,000 vs. 1.49 million) and Adults 25-54 (-23% – 464,000 vs. 606,000), representing the 9th time in the last 10 weeks in Total Viewers and the 10th week in a row among Adults 25-54 that “World News” has narrowed its year-ago margins with the NBC program.

“World News” has cut its season-to-date gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits in both Total Viewers (-20%) and Adults 25-54 (-25%), posting its smallest news demo margin (323,000) with the NBC program in 3 years – since the 2008-09 season.

“ABC World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 1.32 million Total Viewers and by 89,000 Adults 25-54.

Note: “CBS Evening News” was coded a special on Mon 1/2/12 and ratings were excluded from the average. “ABC World News” and “NBC Nightly News” are based on a 5 day average.

“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 January 2, 2012)

  Total Viewers     Adults 25-54    Households
ABC       7,970,000 1.7/6;  2,100,000   5.2/ 9
NBC   8,900,000 2.1/7;  2,564,000   5.9/10
CBS   6,646,000 1.7/6;  2,011,000   4.5/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 1/2/12, 12/26/11 & 1/3/11.  Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 1/8/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/11 – 1/9/11).

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