ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins First November Sweep in Younger Demo in 18 Years

By Chris Ariens 

DavidMuirABC’s “World News Tonight” won its first November Sweep in the A25-54 demo in 18 years. November also saw the lowest Sweep in that younger demo for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

This is the first sweeps month with anchor David Muir in the “World News Tonight” chair and the third consecutive sweeps win in the younger demo for the ABC newscast. Former anchor Diane Sawyer took wins in May and again in July.

“Nightly News” wins the month among total viewers with a +565,000 lead on “World News Tonight.” But ABC has cut that lead nearly in half. Last November, “Nightly” had a 1.095 million total viewer lead.

“World News Tonight” also saw the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the Nov. 2013 Sweep. ABC was up +9% in viewers and up +12% in the demo; “Nightly” was up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo; and No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +1% in viewers and up +3% in the demo.

Numbers for Nov. 2014 Sweep:

• Total Viewers: 9,548,000 8,983,000 7,369,000
• A25-54: 2,259,000 2,286,000 1,844,000