Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 21 and Q4

By Brian Flood 

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt came in first in all categories for the fourth quarter of 2015. Nightly News has been No. 1 in total viewers for 32 of the last 33 quarters. In the A25-54 demo, Nightly News has been No. 1 for 28 of the last 31 quarters.

Nightly News has shown growth compared to the same period last year, albeit it’s only up +1 percent. World News Tonight with David Muir is basically stagnant compared to Q4 last year, while CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley saw the most growth (up +4 percent) despite finishing third.

NBC’s newscast is also No. 1 in both viewers and the demo for the week of December 21, with World News Tonight finishing second in both categories.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 21, 2015:

• Total Viewers: 9,290,000 8,683,000 7,456,000
• A25-54: 2,223,000 1,887,000 1,689,000




Numbers for Q4, 2015:

• Total Viewers: 8,854,000 8,498,000 7,338,000
• A25-54: 2,140,000 1,947,000 1,662,000