ABC’s news division is celebrating an achievement for its “World News Tonight with David Muir” that the network hasn’t accomplished in eight years: The program won the second quarter in total viewers, beating its rival “NBC Nightly News” along with third-place “CBS Evening News.”
The win for ABC came during a difficult time for rival NBC, which only within the past two weeks appears to have resolved the situation surrounding Brian Williams. ABC’s announcement also comes as NBC touts its own ratings news, chalking up a ratings win in the first week of the new era of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” as we reported separately.
Among the achievements ABC News was spotlighting:
- “World News Tonight with David Muir” won the second quarter in total viewers for the first time in eight years.
- “World News Tonight” was the No. 1 evening newscast in Adults 18-49 for the quarter — its first win in the demo in eight years.
- “World News Tonight” ranked No. 1 in Adults 25-54 for the quarter — the program’s third win in the past four quarters.
- Season to date, “World News Tonight” is No. 1 in Adults 25-54 with its largest margin in 19 Years.