Who’s Leading the Weekend Evening News Race?


By Merrill Knox Comment

We share the weekend Evening News Ratings scoreboards every Tuesday, but we don’t often get a chance to share numbers for the weekend shows. So here goes.

Like its weekday counterpart, “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” is firmly locked in first place on Saturday and Sunday evening. In the year since David Muir took over as “World News” anchor second-place ABC has narrowed its margins with “Nightly” by -14% in Total Viewers and -3% in A25-54 viewers.

Over the last year, “NBC Nightly News” has averaged a 1.14 million Total Viewer lead over “ABC World News” and a 2.34 million Total Viewer lead over “CBS Evening News” which was, for most of the last year, anchored by Russ Mitchell. Jeff Glor took over as Sunday anchor last month. Among younger viewers, NBC leads ABC by 341,000 viewers and leads CBS by 559,000 viewers.

The margins between “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News” during the same time period are smaller on Sundays. The two shows are separated by 649,000 Total Viewers and 281,000 A25-54 viewers. On Sundays during football season, “Nightly” is displaced by NBC’s Sunday Night Football on the West Coast.

Numbers for Saturday/Sunday (Feb. 19, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012):

• Total Viewers: 5,552,000 4,466,000 3,426,000
• A25-54: 1,466,000 1,163,000 887,000




Numbers for Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012):

• Total Viewers: 5,658,000 4,522,000 3,317,000
• A25-54: 1,389,000 1,049,000 830,000




Numbers for Sunday (Feb. 19, 2011 – Feb. 12, 2012):

• Total Viewers: 5,456,000 4,777,000 3,594,000
• A25-54: 1,537,000 1,256,000 975,000