Week of Nov. 28 Evening News Ratings: World News Tonight Posts Week-to-Week, Year-Over-Year Total Viewer Gain

By A.J. Katz 

Top-ranked ABC World News Tonight with David Muir held on to its No. 1 status during the week of Nov. 28 — meaning it has now defeated its evening news competition from NBC and CBS 209 of the past 210 weeks in average total viewers—and 138 of the last 140 weeks among adults 25-54.

World News Tonight averaged 8.83 million total linear viewers this past week, +1% from the previous week (the Thanksgiving holiday-shortened week of Nov. 21) and No. 2 on all of U.S. TV, excluding sports programming.  WNT also averaged 1.45 million viewers from the key demo this past week, which is -5% from the prior week. Additionally, when compared with its year-ago performance, ABC’s evening newscast is +6% in total viewersbut -9% in A25-54 viewers.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 7.27 million total viewers this past week (No. 3 on U.S. TV excluding specials, sports and syndie) along with 1.26 million A25-54 viewers. That’s -13% and -8%, respectively, from what the newscast drew the previous week.  NBC Nightly News hit a 2022-high in total viewers the prior week and a 37-week high in the demo the previous week, so a week-to-week drop-off isn’t a shocker. Nightly News is only -1% in total viewers and -1% in A25-54 viewers from the year-ago week.


According to data from Adobe Analytics and Partner Portals—and the YouTube Analytics Portal, full weekday episodes of NBC Nightly News earned an average of 904,000 views and 715,000 viewers last week.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged a solid 5.31 million total viewers this past week, which is +2% from the previous week, and +2% from the year-ago week. The newscast averaged 839,000 adults 25-54 this past week, which is +3% from the previous week and -4% from the year-ago week.

Nielsen live-plus-same-day averages for the week of Nov. 28, 2022:

• Total Viewers: 8,834,000 7,272,000 5,312,000
• A25-54: 1,448,000 1,260,000 839,000




Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54,  Live + SD Current Week (w/o 11/28/22), Previous Week (w/o 11/21/22) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 11/29/21). Most Current Data Stream: Season 2022-2023 (9/19 – 12/4/22), Season 2021-2022 (9/20 – 12/5/21).  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.