ABC’s World News Tonight is having best start to the season in 19 years in the news demo, winning seven of eight weeks of the season to date in the age bracket. That said, last week’s edge over NBC’s newscast (2.283 million vs 2.270 mil) was 13,000 viewers — WNT’s second smallest lead over NBC Nightly News since ABC’s news began regularly taking the demo back in early July. It was a recovery from the previous week, when Brian Williams’ newscast had beat David Muir’s in the demo. NBC’s newscast traditionally enjoys a big audience lift the week we say so-long to Daylight Savings Time.
Winning seven of eight weeks this season is ABC’s best competitive start to the season since the 1995-96 TV season, when WNT on the first 11 weeks.
NBC clocked the most viewers for the week of November 10-14 — 9.638 million viewers to ABC’s 8.989 million. It was NBC’s biggest overall audience since March and, season to date, NBC’s newscast is averaging 8.754 million viewers — its best season start since 2006. NBC’s newscast also continues to win among 18-49 year olds — 1.632 million viewers to ABC’s 1.502 million — while losing steam with 50-54 year olds.
CBS Evening News scored 7.435 million viewers for the week, 1.818 news demo viewers, and 1.181 million 18-49 year olds.