Tying a viewer low set in June, the "CBS Evening News" reached its lowest total viewer rating in almost 20 years, reports the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.
The program was watched by an average of 4.89 million viewers last week, which included two days when anchor Katie Couric reported from Afghanistan, the story says. It’s the same number of viewers who tuned in for a week of the program during June, and the story notes that Nielsen’s modern ratings only extend as far back as the 1991-92 season.
Still, the evening newscasts likely attracted more viewers in the decades before that, so it’s probable that last week’s viewer rating was the lowest in more than two decades, the story points out. NBC was the most-watched newscast with 7.42 million viewers, while ABC’s "World News" drew 6.51 million viewers.