Evening News Ratings: Week of July 23

By A.J. Katz 

ABC World News Tonight is running on all cylinders right now.

The David Muir-anchored evening newscast not only finished No. 1 in total viewers this past week (+604,000), but it also defeated the competition in adults 25-54 (+69,000) and adults 18-49. Additionally, WNT managed to post +4 percent growth in total viewers, and +3 percent growth in adults 25-54 vs. the same week in 2017.

World News Tonight has been the most-watched evening newscast in America for 24 consecutive weeks, and is currently averaging its largest total audience since the 2004-05 season.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt–which saw its executive producer step down last week– slipped to second place in the key A25-54 demo. Nightly was -4 percent in the category vs. the same week in 2017. On a more positive note, the newscast posted +1 percent total viewer growth compared to last year.

NBC Nightly News was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo for July 2018 sweeps, as we noted last Friday.

The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor posted +1 percent total viewer growth vs. the same week in 2017, but the broadcast was -6 percent among adults 25-54.

Numbers for the week of July 23, 2018:

• Total Viewers: 7,874,000 7,270,000 5,614,000
• A25-54: 1,603,000 1,534,000   1,101,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54. Live + SD weeks of 7/23/18, and 7/24/17. Season-to-Date: Most Current: 2017-2018 Season (9/25/17 – 7/29/18) and 2016-2017 Season (9/19/16 – 7/30/17). Averages based on regular telecasts.