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‘Nightly News’ Tops in Q4 Ratings Battle

Dec 28, 2005  •  Post A Comment

“NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” won the flagship newscast ratings competition in all categories for the fourth quarter 2005, extending “Nightly News'” streak as most-watched network evening newscast to 25 quarters.

Data through Christmas weekend from Nielsen Media Research showed “Nightly News” averaged nearly 9.79 million viewers for the quarter, while “ABC World News Tonight” averaged 8.65 million and “CBS Evening News” averaged 7.47 million.

In the key news demographic, adults 25 to 54, “Nightly News” finished the fourth quarter with an average 2.6 rating, edging out ABC’s “World News,” which averaged a 2.5 rating. CBS’s “Evening News” averaged a 1.9 rating.