Evening News Ratings: Week of Oct. 29

By A.J. Katz 

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An average of 22.4 million Americans watched the evening news last week. That’s only -2 percent vs. the comparable week in 2017 (22.8 million).

Looking at the newscasts on an individual basis – ABC World News Tonight with David Muir continued its streak as the most-watched, out delivering its NBC counterpart by +215,000 total viewers. The ABC broadcast has won all 6 weeks of the season, the last 38 weeks overall, and season to date, ranks No. 1 in total viewers at this point of the season for the 3rd year in a row.

World News also managed to win Wednesday evening across-the-board.

Despite the positives, the broadcast did post year-over-year ratings losses of -2 percent in total viewers and -2 percent in the key A25-54 demographic

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was the No. 1 evening newscast among adults 25-54 for the 14th consecutive week.

The broadcast was -1 percent in total viewers vs. the comparable week last year, but was actually -10 percent in the key demo, despite winning the week.

The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor finished the week -3 percent in total viewers, and -7 percent in A25-54 viewers vs. last year.

Averages for the week of Oct. 29, 2018:

• Total Viewers: 8,275,000 8,060,000 6,056,000
• A25-54:  1,674,000 1,714,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD weeks of 10/29/18, and 10/30/17. Most Current: 2018 -2019 Season. Averages based on regular telecasts.