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ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Tops NBC’s ‘Nightly News’

Apr 21, 2015  •  Post A Comment

As NBC’s “Nightly News” continues to see viewer falloff, ABC’s “World News Tonight” continues to lead the evening news ratings in a number of key demos.

In a press release, ABC noted that “World News Tonight with David Muir” won total viewers for the third consecutive week and ranked No. 1 in adults 18-49 for the fourth consecutive week for the week of April 13-17.

The ABC program was up by more than 500,000 viewers a night on a season-to-season basis, while its NBC rival was down 241,000. The NBC program has seen falloff while Brian Williams serves out a six-month suspension from the show.

ABC noted that “World News Tonight” is delivering its largest overall audience in eight years.

“ABC News’ ‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ won the week in Total Viewers (7.891 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.257 million) for the week of April 13, 2015, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research,” ABC reported. “Leading ‘NBC Nightly News’ (7.737 million and 1.219 million, respectively) by 154,000 Total Viewers and 38,000 Adults 18-49, ‘World News Tonight’ marked its 3rd consecutive Total Viewer win, its longest [win streak] in more than 6 1/2 years (since weeks of 9/8-9/22/08) and its 4th straight victory in Adults 18-49, its longest in more than 7 1/2 years (since weeks of 5/14-6/4/07).”

Here are the numbers for the week of April 13, 2015, in key demos, based on Nielsen data:

Total Viewers

ABC World News Tonight: 7,891,000

NBC Nightly News: 7,737,000

CBS Evening News: 6,780,000

Adults 25-54

NBC Nightly News: 1.5/7; 1,795,000

ABC World News Tonight: 1.5/7; 1,788,000

CBS Evening News: 1.3/6; 1,523,000

Adults 18-49

ABC World News Tonight: 1.0/5; 1,257,000

NBC Nightly News: 1.0/5; 1,219,000

CBS Evening News: 0.8/4; 1,035,000

Households

ABC World News Tonight: 5.3/11

NBC Nightly News: 5.2/11

CBS Evening News: 4.5/ 9

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