Nightly News Back on Top in the Evenings

By Chris Ariens 

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It’s another split win in the evenings, as NBC’s Lester Holt gives Nightly News a total viewer win — its first in 5 weeks — and ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir takes the A25-54 demo. NBC’s lead was a very slim .5 percent, while ABC’s win in the demo was by a much wider 7.5 percent.

Even with big news from Baltimore last week, all three newscasts were down compared to the same week last year. Nightly News is down -14 percent in viewers and down -18 in the demo; World News Tonight is down -2 percent in viewers and down -11 percent in the demo; and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley is down -7 percent in viewers and down -17 percent in the demo. This same week last year included coverage of severe weather across the nation.

Numbers for the week of April 27, 2015:

• Total Viewers: 7,726,000 7,687,000 6,576,000
• A25-54: 1,726,000 1,856,000 1,528,000