Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 17

By A.J. Katz 

For the week of Dec. 17, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir remained the most-watched newscast, while NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt remained at the top among Adults 25-54.

World News has won 12 of the 13 weeks this broadcast TV season among total viewers, and is the most-watched evening newscast for the 3rd consecutive season. The ABC broadcast also held relatively steady in viewership vs. the comparable week last year. In addition to finishing No. 1 last week in total viewers, World News was only -1 percent in the measure year-over-year, and was flat among adults 25-54.

Despite winning the advertiser-preferred A25-54 demo, Nightly News, on the other hand, posted a year-over-year decline of -13 percent in the measurement. But as the saying goes: “A win’s a win,” and Nightly has now won the key demo for 21 consecutive weeks.

The NBC nightly newscast was also -5 percent in total viewers vs. last year.

CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor was -4 percent in total viewers and -2 percent in Adults 25-54 vs. the comparable week last year.

NOTE: On Friday (12/21/18), World News Tonight was retitled to “Wrld News Tonite,” while the “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening Nws.”  ABC’s and CBS’ averages are based on 4 days (Mon-Thurs). NBC’s are based on all 5 days.

The averages for the week of Dec. 17, 2018:

• Total Viewers: 8,781,000  8,430,000 6,233,000
• A25-54: 1,776,000   1,847,000  1,229,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54  Live + SD weeks of 12/17/18, and 12/18/17.  Most Current Data, 2018 -2019 Season (9/24 – 12/23/18) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25 – 12/24/17).  Averages based on regular telecasts.