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‘World News Tonight’ Leads NBC by a Half Million Viewers and CBS by 2.4 Million Viewers for the Week

‘World News Tonight’ Is Posting Biggest Advantage Over NBC in 23 Years Season to Date


ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” ranked No. 1 in Total Viewers (7.945 million) for the week of April 8, 2019, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research.  “World News Tonight” led “NBC Nightly News” (7.482 million) by 463,000, increasing its margin of victory year to year (+5%; vs. 439,000 for w/o 4/9/18) and winning for the 28th time in the 29 weeks of the season.

“World News Tonight” improved on the previous week in Adults 18-49 (+16,000/+2% – 1.051 million vs. 1.035 million for w/o 4/1/19).  

“World News Tonight” slashed its week-to-week margins with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 25-54 (-58% – 47,000 vs. 113,000) and Adults 18-49 (-97% – 2,000 vs. 76,000).

“World News Tonight” cut its year-to-year gap with “NBC Nightly News” in Adults 18-49 by 78% (2,000 vs. 9,000 for w/o 4/9/18).

Season to date, “World News Tonight” ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers for the 3rd year in a row after finishing as the No. 1 evening newscast for the last 2 seasons. “World News Tonight” (8.925 million) leads “NBC Nightly News” (8.447 million) by 478,000, delivering its largest Total Viewer lead in 23 years – since the 1995-96 season.  

In addition, “World News Tonight” is cutting its season margins by more than half in both Adults 25-54 (-63% – 44,000 vs. 120,000) and Adults 18-49 (-66% – 46,000 vs. 137,000), posting its closest Adults 18-49 performance 23 years – since the 1995-96 season.  

For the week, “World News Tonight” beat “CBS Evening News” by 2.363 million Total Viewers, by 431,000 Adults 25-54 and by 230,000 Adults 18-49.

NOTE: Due to NCAA Basketball Final on Monday (4/8/19), “CBS Evening News” was retitled as “CBS Evening Nws;” ratings were excluded from the average. “CBS Evening News” averages are based on 4 days (Tues-Fri).

ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs 6:30–7:00 p.m. EST on The ABC Television Network. Almin Karamehmedovic is the executive producer of the broadcast.

EVENING NEWS (Week of April 8, 2019)


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD, 2018-19 Current Week (w/o 4/8/19), Previous Week (w/o 4/1/19) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 4/9/18).  Season to date: Most Current: 2018 -2019 Season (9/24/18 – 4/14/19) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25/18 – 4/15/18).  Averages based on regular telecasts.

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