ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Nabs Ratings Trifecta For First Time Since ’08

David Muir
ABC News

ABC’s World News Tonight won the week of September 29 with total viewers, in the news-demo, and among 18-49 year olds — the first time the newscast has pulled that off since 2008. Among overall audience, it was the ABC newscast’s first win in 264 weeks — snapping NBC Nightly News’s 263-week winning streak. It was ABC’s ninth consecutive newscast win in the news demo. Season to date, ABC’s newscast is No. 1 in its genre in all three metrics.

ABC’s David Muir-anchored newscast clocked 8.416 million viewers, 2.204 million news demo viewers,  and 1.528 million 18-49-year-old  viewers for the week. NBC’s Brian Williams-anchored newscast logged 8.250 million viewers, 1.937 million news demo viewers and 1.416 million younger viewers. Scott Pelley-anchored CBS Evening News trailed with 6.614 million viewers, including 1.602 million in the news demo and 1.147 million aged 18-49.

ABC’s newscast was up 10% in overall audience and 16% in the news demo versus same week last year. NBC’s newscast was down 3% in overall crowd and 13% in the news demo, while CBS’s finished flat with viewers of all ages and down 2% in the news demo.

World News Tonight recently celebrated taking the news demo for the month of September for the first time in seven years.


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