Evening News Ratings: World News Tonight Breaks Through

By A.J. Katz 

The drought has come to an end. For the first time in over three months, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir was the most-watched evening news program of the week, delivering an average of 7.93 million viewers for the week of May 16. That’s a 5 percent improvement from the comparable week in 2015.

The last time World News Tonight finished a week No. 1 in total viewers was the week of February 1st, 2016. Season to date, WNT is delivering its largest overall viewership in 9 years.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt may have temporarily lost its “most-watched evening newscast” status after 14 straight weeks at the top, but it still remains No. 1 in the A25-54 demo. In fact, it has been tops in the news demo for more than 10 months.

Nightly experienced a 5 percent improvement in A25-54 viewers versus the comparable week in 2015.

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley experienced a bit of a down week. The program, which has been experiencing a superb 2016 to-date, was down 3 percent in total viewers and down 2 percent in the news demo versus the comparable week in 2015.

Numbers for the week of May 16, 2016:

• Total Viewers: 7,830,000 7,928,000 6,719,000
• A25-54: 1,850,000 1,705,000 1,503,000