ABC Leads Evening News at Sweeps Halfway Point

May 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

ABC’s “World News With Charles Gibson” won the flagship news ratings race for the week of April 30, and leads its two competitors at the halfway point of May sweeps, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.
The news is not good for third-place “CBS Evening News With Katie Couric,” which in the week of April 30 hit its lowest total viewership since at least 1987, and second-place “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” which hit its lowest performance among 25- to 54-year-old viewers since at least 1987.
There was no specific cause for the ratings dips in either “Evening News” or “Nightly News,” since there were no major disruptions of either newscast’s distribution last week.
For the week, “World News” averaged 8.1 million viewers, 2.4 million of the in the 25-54 demo. “Nightly News” averaged 7.5 million viewers, 2.2 million in the 25-54 demo. “Evening News” averaged 6.1 million viewers, 1.9 million of them in the young demo.
“World News'” margin was its best since the week of Aug. 8, 2005, when the death of long-time “World News” anchor Peter Jennings after a short battle with cancer touched off a national outpouring of emotion among viewers.
“World News” has finished first among total viewers nine times in the last thirteen weeks. This also marks ABC’s thirteenth win this season among adults 25-54.
(Editor: Romanelli)

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