Evening News Ratings: Week of March 19

By Chris Ariens 

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For the first time in a long time, all three evening newscasts saw year-over-year growth, with ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir up double digits in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

ABC won the week in total viewers, while NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt took back the A25-54 demo lead. NBC continues to lead year-to-date in the demo. Its 146,000 viewer advantage last week over ABC tops its 124,000 viewer year-to-date lead.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC was up +16 percent in viewers and up +19 percent in the demo; NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was up +9 percent in both viewers and the demo. The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor was up +9 percent in viewers and up +17 percent in the demo.

Due to the NCAA Tournament, CBS Evening News was retitled on Thursday and Friday. Those days are excluded from their average.

Numbers for the week of Mar. 19, 2018:

• Total Viewers: 9,003,000 8,697,000 6,924,000
• A25-54: 1,922,000 2,064,000 1,621,000