World News Tonight is #1 as all 3 news shows remain relatively stable in the demo

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The nightly newscasts of ABC, NBC and CBS all saw very modest weekly viewership declines. However, the annual trend was worse.

ABC World News tonight with David Muir its No. 1 ranking – it has now beaten its NBC and CBS Evening News competition 205 of the last 206 weeks in total average viewership – and 134 of the last 136 weeks in adults 25-54.

According to Nielsen Live-plus-Same-Day data for the week of October 31, World News Tonight averaged 7.84 million total linear viewers, the second largest audience of any US TV show, excluding sports programming. This figure represents a -2% decrease from the previous week (24 Oct). ABC’s nightly newscasts averaged nearly 1.3 million adults aged 25-54 last week, down less than -1% from the previous week. The newscast is also down -2% in total viewership and -8% in adults aged 25-54 compared to the same week a year ago (November 1, 2021).

After several weeks of viewership growth, NBC has brought Nightly News with it Lester Holt saw a very slight decline in viewership. The second-ranked evening news show averaged 6.6 million total linear viewers last week, which is -1% from the previous week. Nightly averaged 1.12 million adults aged 25-54 linearly, which is less than -1% from the previous week. However, NBC’s evening newscasts fell -4% in total viewers and -9% in A25-54 viewership compared to the same week last year, as all three major evening newscasts continue to report year-over-year viewership losses.

According to data from Adobe Analytics and partner portals, as well as the YouTube Analytics Portal, full weekday episodes of NBC Nightly News were viewed an average of 743,000 times and watched by 582,000 viewers last week.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged more than 4.78 million total viewers over the past week. That’s less than -1% over the previous week and -5% over the same week last year. In addition, the Evening News last week recorded an average of 789,000 adults aged between 25 and 54, which is less than -1% over the previous week but -14% over the same week last year.

Nielsen Live Plus same day averages for the week of October 31, 2022:

• Viewers total: 7,842,000 6,598,000 4,783,000
• A25-54: 1,294,000 1,116,000 789,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current week (excluding 10/31/22), Previous week (excluding 10/24/22) and week one year ago (including or 11/1/21). Most recent data stream: Season 2022-2023 (19/09 – 06/11/22), Season 2021-2022 (20/09 – 07/11/21). Nielsen ratings for ABC, NBC and CBS include additional airings in select markets. From 08/31/20 the national ratings also include watching outside the home (OOH). Averages based on regular TV shows.


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