Gibson’s ‘World News’ Debut Good for Second Among Newscasts

Jun 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Charles Gibson’s official debut as anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” produced a second-place finish among newscasts for the week of May 29-June 2, which counts as a four-day week because of the Memorial Day holiday.

According to data from Nielsen Media Research, “NBC Nightly News” averaged 8.01 million viewers for the four days (up from 7.78 million the previous week) to finish first. “World News Tonight” averaged 7.17 million viewers (compared with 7.52 million). “CBS Evening News” averaged 6.78 million viewers (down from 7.03 million the previous week.

Among the 25- to 54-year-old viewers regarded as the key news audience, “NBC Nightly News” finished first with an average 2.63 million viewers. “World News” finished second with 2.4 million viewers. “Evening News” averaged 2.16 million viewers.