NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt took back the No. 1 spot in the evenings, edging ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir by just 70,000 viewers, or less than +1 percent.
Compared to the same week last year only the ABC newscast showed viewer growth: up +2 percent in viewers and up less than 1 percent in the A25-54 demo. Nightly News, which also won the demo–its 79th week in a row–, was down -3 percent in viewers and down -4 percent in the demo and the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor was down -10 percent in viewers and down -19 percent in the demo.
On Friday, NBC and CBS retitled their programs, excluding them from the weekly average. ABC is based on 5 days, while NBC and CBS are based on 4 days.
The averages for the week of Dec. 11:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 8.915M / ABC: 8.845M / CBS: 6.509M
- A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.132M / ABC: 1.783M / CBS: 1.250M