NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt snagged its fourth straight across-the-board weekly ratings win. The newscast has won four straight weeks in total viewers, the 25-54 news demographic, and viewers aged 18-49.
Nightly has led its broadcast competitors in all three metrics since Holt was named permanent anchor, after serving as interim anchor on the show for several months without much in the way of promotion. The NBC broadcast was up across-the-board compared to the same week last year. It’s the first time Nightly has won four consecutive weeks in both total viewers and the news demo since the week of January 19 through the week of February 9, 2015. Nightly now has won among total viewers for five of the past six weeks, nine of the past 12, and 297 of the last 304 weeks.
Compared to the same week last year, Nightly was up by 39K in the news demo by 82K and among 18-49 year olds by 11K. Season-to-date, Nightly is ranked No. 1 in total viewers, 25-54, and 18-49.
For the week, Nightly averaged 7.814 million total viewers, to ABC’s World News Tonight’s 7.505 million and CBS Evening News’ 6.488 mil. In the news demo, Holt’s newscast clocked a 1.6 rating and 1.876 million viewers, beating David Muir’s 1.5 rating (1.795 million viewers) and Scott Pelley’s 1.2 rating (1.444 million). ABC News notes that, season to date, WNT is in its closest competitive position to Nightly in the demo in eight years.