Evening News Ratings: Week of Jan. 21

By A.J. Katz Comment

ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir was the most-watched newscast for the 17th time in the first 18 weeks of the current broadcast season, and more than doubled its total viewer lead over NBC vs. the comparable week last year.

WNT was +1 percent in total viewers and also +3 percent in A25-54 viewers from last year, despite finishing runner up to NBC in the latter measurement.

In the evenings, ABC leads NBC in the evenings by an average of +394,000 total viewers this season to-date, delivering its the network’s largest total viewer lead in 23 years – since the 1995-96 season.  

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was No. 1 in the advertiser-friendly A25-54 demographic, averaging 2.1 million viewers for the week of Jan. 21. That’s flat vs. the comparable week last year, +49,000 viewers (+2 percent) than ABC and +617,000 viewers (+41 percent) more than CBS.

Nightly News finished No. 2 in total viewers this past week behind World News Tonight, and was -3 percent in the measurement year-over-year.

CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor was -2 percent in total viewers, but actually +6 percent in the key A25-54 demographic vs. last year.

Numbers for the week of Jan. 21, 2019:

• Total Viewers:  9,704,000 8,980,000  6,803,000
• A25-54:  2,068,000 2,117,000 1,500,000