Last Week’s Evening News Ratings

By Brian 

> Update: 4:38pm: NBC’s press release: “”NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the most-watched network evening newscast during the second quarter 2005 and for the week of June 20-24…The NBC newscast has now placed first for 23 straight quarters.

The NBC Nightly News was #1 in total viewers last week, while ABC’s World News Tonight was #1 in the 25-54 demographic. “Despite 91% coverage on Tuesday and Thursday, World News Tonight still outperformed Nightly News by 190,000 Adults 25-54 (2.0 vs. 1.9),” an ABC press release says. This is the sixth consecutive week ABC has beat NBC in the demo. For the week of June 20, in total viewers and the 25-54 demo:

NBC: 7,510,000 / 2,290,000

ABC: 7,330,000 / 2,480,000

CBS: 6,370,000 / 2,020,000

> Also: In the second quarter of 2005, Nightly News was #1, but WNT outperformed NN by 70,000 adults 25-54. “This marks the first time since 1996 that World News Tonight has out-delivered Nightly News among key demo viewers in the 2nd quarter,” an ABC press release says.