Evening News Ratings: Week of Oct. 21

By A.J. Katz 

ABC’s hot streak in the evenings continues.

World News Tonight with David Muir was once again the No. 1 evening newscast of the week, not only among total viewers, but also in the advertiser-friendly adults 25-54 demo.

During the week of Oct. 21, 2019, World News beat NBC Nightly News by an average of +541,000 total viewers, and CBS Evening News by an average of +2,980,000 total viewers.

World News was also No. 1 in the key A25-54 demo, averaging +7,000 more than NBC and +684,000 more than CBS this past week.

World News Tonight is now the No. 1 evening newscast of the young season to-date among total viewers and adults 25-54 for the first time in 12 years – since the 2007-08 season.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was edged by World News in the key categories. Nightly may have dropped to second in the ratings, but the newscast has been delivering some good interviews as of late. Holt sat down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an exclusive broadcast interview at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.

Additionally, Holt is anchoring Nightly News California today covering the wildfires.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell remains in third place and posted the most significant year-over-year declines of the three.

Compared to the same week last year, World News Tonight was -2% in total viewers, and -7% in the key A25-54 demo. NBC Nightly News was -6% in total viewers and -9% among adults 25-54. The CBS Evening News was -9% in total viewers, and -20% among adults 25-54.

Average audience for the week of Oct. 21 2019:

• Total Viewers: 8,244,000 7,703,000 5,264,000
• A25-54: 1,627,000 1,620,000 943,000



Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/21/19, and 10/22/18. Most Current: 2019–2020 Season (9/23 – 10/27/19) and 2018–2019 Season (9/24 – 10/28/18). ABC and NBC ratings include broadcasts that air later on some stations. Averages based on regular telecasts.