Evening News Ratings: Week of July 22

By A.J. Katz 

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir was the No. 1 evening newscast among total viewers and among the key A25-54 demo for the third consecutive week.

With its 7.98 million total viewer average for the week of July 22, World News has now garnered the most viewers of any evening newscast for 43 out of the past 44 weeks.

World News Tonight leads NBC Nightly News by +619,000 viewers this season to-date, delivering its largest advantage in total viewers in 23 years (since the 1995-96 season) and leads CBS Evening News by 2.696 million, posting its biggest total viewer advantage in at least 27 years.


The newscast is poised to finish the season as the most-watched evening newscast for the 3rd consecutive season.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt finished No. 2 this past week, but still managed to win the month of July in the demo (1,464,750 vs. 1,445,500), exclusively due to dominating the first week of the month. The NBC evening newscast snared its 5th straight July win and finished No. 1 in the A25-54 demo 11 of the past 13 months. The newscast remains on track to score its 12th consecutive season win in A25-54.

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell was down week-to-week, year-over-year, and fell short of delivering 5 million total viewers. To be fair, CBS being blacked out for customers of DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-Verse in 17 cities, as well as more than 100 O&Os and affiliates on DirecTV Now isn’t exactly helping matters.

Tough time for CBS to relaunch its evening newscast with a new anchor.

Compared to the same week in 2018, ABC was +1% total viewers, while NBC was -4% in total viewers, and the CBS Evening News was -16%. In the A25-54 demo, ABC, however, was -8%, NBC was -4% and CBS -17% vs. the week of July 23, 2018.

Numbers for the week of July 22, 2019:

• Total Viewers: 7,974,000 6,967,000 4,736,000
• A25-54: 1,470,000 1,468,000 913,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD, 2018-19 Current Week (w/o 7/22/19), Previous Week (w/o 7/15/19) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 7/23/18). Season to date: Most Current: 2018 -2019 Season (9/24/18 – 7/28/19) and 2017-2018 Season (9/25/18 – 7/29/18). Averages based on regular telecasts.