Ratings: “ABC World News” Increases Total Viewing Audience Both Week-to-Week and Year-to-Year

By David Ford

Feb 22, 2012 10:17am

“World News” Cuts Total Viewing Gap with “NBC Nightly News” by 8% Week-to-Week 

Season-to-Date, “ABC World News” Narrows Total Viewing and Demo Gaps with “NBC Nightly News” By Double-Digits – Marking Smallest Margins in 3 Years

For the week of February 13, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 8.00 million Total Viewers and a 1.7 rating/6 share/2.11 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. ”World News” increased its Total Viewing audience both week-to-week (7.97 million on w/o 2/6/12) and year-to-year (7.97 million on 2/14/11).

“World News” decreased its week-to-week Total Viewer margin with “NBC Nightly News” by -8% (1.41 million vs. 1.53 million).

“World News” has cut its season-to-date gaps with “NBC Nightly News” by double-digits in both Total Viewers (-10%) and Adults 25-54 (-18%), posting its smallest Total Viewer (1.05 million) and news demo margins (368,000) with the NBC program in 3 years – since the 2008-09 season.

“ABC World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 1.17 million Total Viewers.

“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 February 13, 2012)

  Total Viewers     Adults 25-54    Households
ABC       7,999,000 1.7/6;  2,107,000   5.4/10
NBC   9,408,000 2.2/8;  2,684,000   6.2/12
CBS   6,828,000 1.8/6;  2,136,000   4.5/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 2/13/12, 2/6/11 & 2/14/11.  Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/19/11 – 2/19/12) and 2010-2011 Season (9/20/11 – 2/20/11).

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