World news ranked No. 1 tonight loses total viewership and gains adults 25-54

According to Nielsen live and same-day data, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir averaged 7.37 million viewers and 1.32 million adults 25-54 for the week of May 16. These numbers mean that ABC’s evening news has now beaten rivals NBC and CBS 181 of the last 182 weeks in average total viewership – and 110 of the last 112 weeks among adults 25-54.

The show lost -2% in total viewers, but gained +6% in the adults 25-54 demo from the previous week (May 9). Additionally, WNT lost -2% in total viewers and -5% in A25-54 viewers compared to the same week in 2021 (excluding May 17).

Despite this decline, for the sixth consecutive week, World News Tonight was the most-watched program (by total viewers) on US television, excluding syndicated programming.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 6.075 million viewers on NBC last week, making it the 9th most-watched program on all television (excluding sports/specials and syndie). The total average of 6.075 million viewers is -2% from the previous week and -2% from the comparable week in 2021. NBC Nightly News also averaged 980,000 adults aged 25-54 the last week, which is -3% from the previous week and -14% of what the show brought in during the week a year ago.

Additionally, on YouTube, full episodes of NBC Nightly News averaged 668,000 video views and 530,000 video viewers last week. This is according to Adobe Analytics and partner portals; YouTube analytics portal.

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged 4.49 million total viewers and 756,000 adults aged 25-54 for the week of May 16. It’s stable in terms of total viewers and +4% among adults 25-54 compared to the previous week. Compared to the week a year ago, however, Evening News is -4% among total viewers and -6% among adults aged 25-54.

On Monday, Holt, Muir and O’Donnell anchored Buffalo in the deadly shootout.

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of May 16, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,372,000 6,075,000 4,489,000
• A25-54: 1,322,000 980,000 756,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current Week (without 05/16/22), Last Week (without 05/09/22) and Week One Year Ago (with or 05/10/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 15/05/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 23/05/21). Nielsen ratings for ABC, NBC and CBS include additional airings in select markets. As of 8/31/20, the national rankings also include out-of-home viewing (OOH). Averages based on regular telecasts.