ABC’s ‘World News’ Scores First May Sweeps Demo Win in 7 Years

Diane Sawyer becomes first female solo anchor on a news broadcast to win in sweeps in key news demo

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:39 AM

ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer” scored a ratings victory over May sweeps, taking first place in the key 25-54 news demo over its NBC and CBS counterparts. The occasion marked the first time that the network has scored a demo victory for May sweeps in seven years.

For the May sweeps period, ABC scored top honors among the 25-54 crowd with a 1.7 rating/7 share, edging out the 1.6/7 that second-place “NBC Nightly News” scored and handily beating the 1.3/5 received by “CBS Evening News.”

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In total viewers, NBC took first place, averaging 8.4 million. ABC came in second with 7.7 million, while CBS drew third with 6.5 million.

In addition to marking a seven-year milestone for the network, the May sweeps win was a big occasion for Sawyer, who became the first solo female anchor on an evening news broadcast to win sweeps in the demo.