NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams clocked its biggest overall audience in six weeks and its biggest advantage over ABC World News With Diane Sawyer in more than three months. Williams’ newscast (8.44 million) topped Sawyer’s (7.27 million) and CBS’ Scott Pelley-anchored newscast (6.05 million) last week. In the demo, Williams (2.005 million) also outperformed Sawyer (1.902 million) and CBS (1.371 million).
That said, all three newscasts were up in overall audience, but only ABC’s was up in the news demo, compared to same week last year. Both NBC and ABC are based on 3-day averages. NBC was retitled on Thursday and Friday due to afternoon sports impact to lead-in. ABC was retitled on Tuesday and Thursday due to NBA Finals Games 3 & 4. CBS’ average is based on five days.