ABC Remains No. 1 During Shortened Week; NBC reports week-over-week viewership growth

According to Nielsen live and same-day data, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir averaged 7.72 million total viewers and 1.30 million adults 25-54 for the week of June 13, again making it the most-watched show (by total viewers) ) on US television, excluding sports, specials, and syndicated programs. Additionally, ABC’s evening news has now beaten competitors NBC and CBS 185 of the last 186 weeks in average total viewers and 114 of the last 116 weeks in adults 25-54.

How did the TV news perform compared to comparable weeks? World News Tonight gained less than +1% in total viewership, but lost -6% in the adult 25-54 demo the previous week. WNT lost less than -1% in total viewership and -7% among adults 25-54 compared to the same week in 2021 (June 14).

World News Tonight’s week of June 13, evening news ratings averages are based on only two days (Tuesday, Friday) due to a very sporty week for ABC. World News Tonight with David Muir was renamed “WNT-ABC” Monday for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and Thursday for Game 6 of the NBA Finals .

With Lester Holt back in the presenter’s chair, NBC Nightly News averaged 6.39 million total viewers on NBC last week, making it the second most-watched program on all of television (excluding sports, specials and syndicated programs). The total average of 6.39 million viewers is up +5% from the previous week (marking consecutive weeks of viewership growth) – and up +2% from the comparable week in 2021. NBC Nightly News also averaged 1.02 million adults ages 25-54 last week, which is #3 across all television (excluding specials, sports and syndicate), +6% from compared to the previous week but -4% compared to what the show drew the week a year ago.

On YouTube, full episodes of NBC Nightly News averaged 702,000 video views and 558,000 viewers last week. This is according to Adobe Analytics and partner portals; YouTube analytics portal.

Also, on Friday, NBC Nightly News was edged out due to coverage of the US Open golf tournament, meaning the newscast’s weekly average is based on four days (Monday through Thursday).

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged 4.69 million total viewers and 742,000 adults aged 25-54 for the week of June 13. That’s a +2% gain in total viewers, but a -3% drop in adults 25-54 from the previous week. Compared to the week a year ago, Evening News lost -2% in total viewers and -4% among adults aged 25-54.

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of June 13, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,720,000 6,389,000 4,686,000
• A25-54: 1,301,000 1,023,000 742,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current Week (without 6/13/22), Previous Week (without 6/6/22) and Week One Year Ago (with o 14 /06/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 19/06/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 20/06/21). Nielsen ratings for ABC, NBC and CBS include additional airings in select markets. As of 8/31/20, the national ratings also include out-of-home viewing (OOH). Averages based on regular telecasts.