ABC’s World News Tonight has clocked a second consecutive week as the country’s most watched evening newscast, beating NBC Nightly News by 228,000 viewers last week (8.250 million viewers compared to 8.022M).
World News Tonight also led in the news demo and among adults 18-49. In the news demo, WNT’s 2.032 million bested NN’s 1.842 million. Among 18-49 year olds, WNT’s 1.410 million outstriped NN’s 1.298 million.
Last time ABC’s newscast won a week in ratings by all three metrics was more than seven year ago. The David Muir-anchored newscast was up compared to same week last year in total viewers and in the younger demo by 15%, and up 11% in the news demo. WNT is enjoying its most watched season in eight years, averaging half a million viewers more per night than last year.
One week ago today, when final stats came in for week of March 30, ABC’s World News Tonight had snapped NBC Nightly News’ streak of 288 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in total viewers.
ABC’s newscast logged 7.99 million viewers that week, to NBC’s 7.91 mil. World News Tonight also took the news demo and 18-49 for the week of March 30, which was the first in awhile in which NBC was not able to meld in repeat numbers of its newscast from overnight replays. Acknowledging the snap, NBC last week 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.” An insider said the news division had expected ratings volatility while Holt stepped in for longtime anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended while NBC investigates claims he had made about various news events he’d covered for the news division.