Week of Jan. 16 Evening News Ratings: World News Tonight Continues to Outpace Competition Despite Week-to-Week Losses

By A.J. Katz 

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir is the top-rated evening newscast for the week of January 16, 2023.

With the week of Jan. 16 win, ABC’s evening news offering has now defeated its competition from NBC and CBS 216 of the past 217 weeks in average total viewers—and 144 of the last 146 weeks among adults 25-54.

World News Tonight averaged 8.78 million total linear viewers during the week of Jan. 16, a -3% decline from the previous week (the week of Jan. 9) but the largest audience on all of U.S. television for the second consecutive week, excluding sports programming, of course. The newscast also averaged more than 1.43 million viewers from the key A25-54 demo this past week, which is -5% from the prior week.Compared to the year-ago week, ABC’s evening newscast is -2% in total viewers but a whopping -18% in A25-54 demo, as Americans under 55 continue to leave linear TV news (and linear TV in general) at a much faster rate than their elders.


Additionally, World News Tonight retitled its Monday broadcast due to the MLK Jr. federal holiday, meaning last week’s Nielsen ratings for the newscast are based on just four days of shows.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 7.45 million total viewers during the week of Jan. 16, making it the fourth-most-watched U.S. show of the week—excluding sports, specials and syndication—but -1% down from the previous week. The newscast also averaged 1.29 million adults 25-54 last week, the closest the newscast has been to ABC since mid-December, and -2% from the week prior. NBC Nightly News is also -5% in total viewers and -11% in A25-54 viewers from what the newscast averaged during the year-ago week.

Additionally, according to data from Adobe Analytics and Partner Portals—and the YouTube Analytics Portal, full weekday episodes of Nightly News earned an average of 806,000 views and 600,000 total viewers streaming via YouTube.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged 5.48 million total viewers this past week, -1% from the previous week and -4% vs. the year-ago week. The newscast also averaged 884,000 adults 25-54 this past week, which is unchanged from the previous week and but -9% from the year-ago week.

Nielsen live-plus-same-day averages for the week of Jan. 16, 2023:

• Total Viewers: 8,777,000 7,446,000 5,476,000
• A25-54: 1,434,000 1,286,000 884,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, Live + SD Current Week (w/o 1/16/23), Previous Week (w/o 1/9/23) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 1/17/22). Most Current Data Stream: Season 2022-2023 (9/19/22 – 1/22/23), Season 2021-2022 (9/20/21 – 1/23/22). Nielsen ratings for ABC, NBC and CBS include additional airings in select markets. Beginning 8/31/20, national ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. Averages based on regular telecasts.