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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

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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)

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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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