ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir was the most-watched network evening newscast for the just-concluded 2016-2017 TV season.
This is the first time in 21 seasons–the last was when Peter Jennings was anchor–that ABC has had the No. 1 evening news show. ABC topped NBC by +1 percent in total viewers.
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt wins the season in the A25-54 demo. In fact, all four of NBC’s news shows (Today, Nightly News, Meet the Press and Dateline) finished first among their competitors in the younger demo this season. NBC’s lead on ABC was +11 percent in that ad-friendly demo for the season.
Compared to the 2015-2016 season World News Tonight is flat in total viewers while both NBC and CBS are down. Nightly News is down -5 percent and CBS Evening News is down -6 percent. Among the 25-54 demo, all three newscasts lost viewers vs. last season which was heavily on presidential primary and general election coverage. ABC was down -6 percent, NBC down -7 percent and CBS down -11 percent.
Muir, who is the youngest though most senior evening news anchor, has closed a 1 million viewer gap with Nightly News since he took over the show in 2014.
For the week of Sept. 18, ABC won the week with a +9 percent lead on Nightly News, while NBC won the demo with a +5 lead on ABC.
Click below for the averages for the previous seven seasons:
Numbers for 2016-2017 season:
|• Total Viewers:||8,205,000||8,301,000||6,578,000|
Numbers for 3rd Quarter, 2017:
|• Total Viewers:||7,643,000||7,966,000||5,902,000|
Numbers for the week of Sept. 18, 2017:
|• Total Viewers:||7,782,000||8,468,000||6,019,000|