Ratings: “ABC World News” Cuts Total Viewer Gap with NBC in 8 of the Last 9 Weeks, Year-to-Year

By David Ford

Oct 23, 2012 10:24am

Four Weeks Into New Season, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” Narrows Total Viewing Gap with “NBC Nightly News” by 22% — Marking Smallest Gap in 4 Years

For the week of October 15, 2012, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” averaged 7.05 million Total Viewers and a 1.4 rating/6 share/1.70 million in Adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

For the 4th time this season and in the last 7 weeks overall, “World News” narrowed its Total Viewer margin with “NBC Nightly News” (-6% – 805,000 vs. 860,000)In fact, “World News” has cut its year-to-year gap with the NBC newscast in 8 of the last 9 weeks.

Four weeks into the 2012-13 season, “World News” has narrowed its Total Viewer gap (-22%) with “NBC Nightly News” to post its smallest (438,000) with the NBC program in 4 years- since the 2008-09 season.

“World News” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” by 989,000 Total Viewers and 38,000 Adults 25-54.

“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 October 15, 2012)

Total Viewers

Adults 25-54




1.4/6; 1,710,000




1.8/7; 2,169,000




1.4/5; 1,672,000

4.2/ 8

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/15/12, 10/8/12 & 10/17/11.  Most Current – 2011-2012 Season (9/24 – 10/21/12) and 2011-2012 Season (9/19 – 10/16/11).

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