ABC News’ ‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ ranks #1

ABC News’ ‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ Ranks #1 in total viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 for the first time since 2008.

“World News Tonight” is the only program to increase in total viewers from last year (+10%) and is up the most from last month (+5%). “World News Tonight” finishes first among adults 25-54 for nine consecutive weeks. It is the only broadcast to improve among adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 compared to last year (+16%/+13%) and gains the most from last week (+10%/+17%).

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” scored an across-the-board win in total viewers (8.416 million), adults 25-54 (2.204 million), and adults 18-49 (1.528 million), for the week of September 29, 2014, based on ‘Live’ ‘+Same Day’ data from Nielsen Media Research. This marked the first time in more than 6 1/2 years that “World news Tonight” won the week in all three key demos. Additionally, “World News Tonight” snapped “NBC Nightly News’” 263-week total viewer winning streak. In fact, the ABC evening newscast turned in its largest overall viewer lead (+166,000) over “Nightly News” (8.250 million) in 6 years.

In addition, “World News Tonight” out-delivered “Nightly News” (1.937 million and 1.416 million, respectively) in adults 25-54 (+267,000) and adults 18-49 (+112,000). This comes after “World News Tonight” won among adults 25-54 for the month of September. During the month, Muir reported from the Syrian border on child refugees, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz reported from a United States war ship in the Gulf during airstrikes over Syria and Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser returned to Liberia getting a first look at the Ebola isolation wards.

“World News Tonight” was up over the previous week (8.029 million, 2.002 million and 1.301 million for w/o 9/22/14) in Total Viewers (+5%), Adults 25-54 (+10%) and Adults 18-49 (+17%), setting a new 6-month high in all key measures – since w/o 3/24/14. In addition, grew the most week to week compared to “CBS Evening News” (+4%/+6%/+11%) and “NBC Nightly News” (+1%/+7%/+5%).

For the 2nd time in the 2 weeks of the new season, “World News Tonight” improved on the year-ago week (7.673 million, 1.907 million and 1.347 million, respectively, on w/o 9/30/13) in Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+16%) and Adults 18-49 (+13%). “World News Tonight” was also the only evening newscast to build year to year in any measure as “CBS Evening News” (flat/-2%/-1%) was mixed, while “NBC Nightly News” (-3%/-13%/-10%) saw across-the-board losses.

Season to date, “World” stands as the No. 1 evening newscast in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, leading NBC’s “Nightly News” by 4,000 Total Viewers, by 229,000 Adults 25-54 viewers and by 34,000 Adults 18-49. In fact, this marks the first time in 7 years that “World News Tonight” ranks as the top evening newscast during the season in any of the three measures – since the 2007-08 season.

Through the first two weeks of the season, “World News Tonight” is improving versus the first two week of last season in Total Viewers (+10%), Adults 25-54 (+12%) and Adults 18-49 (+9%). Delivering increases for the 2nd season in a row, “World News Tonight” is posting its best overall viewer start to a season in 9 years and strongest in the key adult news demo in 5 years – since the 2005-06 and the 2009-10 seasons, respectively. “World News Tonight” is up the most in all three demos compared to “CBS Evening News” (+1%/+1%/+4%) and “NBC Nightly News” (flat/-10%/-7%).

For the week, “World News Tonight” led the “CBS Evening News” by 1.802 million Total Viewers, by 602,000 Adults 25-54 and by 381,000 Adults 18-49.

ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs at 6:30 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network. Almin Karamehmedovic is the executive producer of the broadcast. Follow David Muir and the “World News Tonight” team online: @DavidMuir; @WNTonight; facebook.com/DavidMuirABC; facebook.com/WorldNewsTonight.

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD weeks of 9/29/14, 9/22/14 and 9/30/13. Live+SD: 2014-2015 Season (9/22 – 10/5/14) and 2013-2014 Season (9/23 – 10/6/14). All averages based on regular telecasts.