ABC’s World News Tonight has taken its third consecutive week as the country’s most watched newscast after edging out NBC Nightly News in overall audience. NBC’s newscast, however, prevailed in the news demo, marking Nightly News’s first such win in six weeks. WNT also celebrated another weekly win among adults aged 18-49.
Muir’s newscast clocked 7.891 million viewers, edging out Lester Holt’s 7.737 mil for NBC. CBS Evening News clocked 6.780 million viewers, but posted the largest year-to-year viewer gain in Live + Same Day ratings (8%, 480,000 viewers).
In the news demo, NBC won with 1.795 million viewers, closely followed by ABC’s 1.788 million. CBS averaged 1.523 million (but was the only network to maintain its news demo delivery compared to last year).
One week earlier, ABC’s newscast beat NBC’s in overall audience by 228,000 viewers. That week too, World News Tonight led in both demographic groups.
The week of March 30, ABC’s newscast had snapped NBC’s streak of 288 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in total viewers. That week, ABC logged 7.99 million viewers, to NBC’s 7.91 mil. The news-demo win that week had been ABC’s 14th, season to date, marking the most wins at that point in a TV season in nearly two decades.
Acknowledging the streak snap, NBC issued a statement of support for fill-in anchor Lester Holt: “Lester Holt has led NBC Nightly News to great success over the past two months, and we continue to be pleased with his strong performance during this time. We’re proud of the caliber of our work and remain committed to delivering the highest-quality broadcast to our audience every night.”