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Ratings Report: ABC News Programming
For the Week of September 22-26, 2008
"World News with Charles Gibson" Ranks #1 Among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 & Households

Marks Third Consecutive Week the ABC Broadcast Has Placed 1st Among Total Viewers; 2nd Time in 3 Weeks in the Key Demo

"World News" Posts Gains Among Total & Demo Viewers Year to Year and Week to Week
In the first week of the 2008-09 primetime television season, ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" ranked #1 among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Households. The ABC News broadcast averaged 8.07 million Total Viewers, outperforming NBC's "Nightly News" by 90,000 for the week. Among Adults 25-54, ABC and NBC tied for first place, with both programs averaging 2.57 million and a 2.1/9.

This marks the third week in a row "World News" has won among Total Viewers and the second time in three weeks the broadcast has placed first in the key demo.

Year to year and week to week, "World News" posted gains among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54. Compared to this week last year, ABC grew 5% among Total Viewers and 8% in the key adult demo. Week to week "World News" was up 3% in Total Viewers and 7% in the demo.

On last week's "World News," Charlie Gibson interviewed both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama following their meeting at the White House on the $700 billion bailout plan for Wall Street. Throughout the week, the broadcast devoted significant time to the rescue package and the turmoil facing the financial markets, featuring reports from Wall Street, Main Street, Capitol Hill, the White House and the campaign trail.

Jon Banner is the executive producer of "ABC's World News with Charles Gibson."

EVENING NEWS (Week of September 22, 2008)

              Total Viewers     Adults 25-54     Households
ABC              8,070,000     2.1/9; 2,570,000     5.5/11
NBC              7,980,000     2.1/9; 2,570,000     5.4/11
CBS              5,990,000     1.5/6; 1,910,000     4.1/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, NTI
ABC News Media Relations Contact:
Natalie Raabe (212) 456-2418