World News Tonight is the most-watched show on US television, outside of syndication

According to live and same-day data from Nielsen, World News Tonight with David Muir averaged 7.325 million total viewers and 1.24 million adults 25-54, making it the highest-rated show on U.S. television – excluding syndicated programming – among total viewers and among adults aged 25-54. Additionally, ABC’s evening news has now beaten rivals NBC and CBS 187 of the last 188 weeks in average viewership and 116 of the last 118 weeks in adults 25-54.

How did the newsletter perform last week compared to comparable weeks? The results are mixed. World News Tonight gained +1% in total viewers, but lost -5% to the adults 25-54 demo from the previous week. WNT also lost -4% in total viewers and -7% among adults 25-54 compared to the same week in 2021 (June 28).

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was the only evening newscast to show viewership growth in multiple measures from the previous week. The program averaged 6.19 million total viewers on NBC last week, up +2% from the previous week, but down -7% from the comparable week in 2021. The total average of 6.19 million viewers places the show at No. 2 in the United States. TV, excluding sports and syndication. Additionally, NBC Nightly News averaged 1.05 million adults ages 25 to 54 last week, the narrowest margin over ABC in the measure since December. The 1.05 million figure is also +9% from Nightly’s average in the previous week’s demo, but down -11% from the comparable week of 2021.

Additionally, on YouTube, full episodes of NBC Nightly News reached 657,000 views and 486,000 viewers. This is according to data from Adobe Analytics and partner portals; YouTube analytics portal.

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell an average of 4.37 million total viewers and 730,000 adults aged 25 to 54 for the week of June 27. This represents -% in total viewers and a % gain in adults 25-54 from the previous week. Evening news lost the most traction compared to the week of the previous year, -10% in total viewers and -14% among adults aged 25-54.

On Friday, July 1, World News Tonight was renamed “WNT-ABC”; CBS Evening News was renamed “CBS Evening Nws” and NBC Nightly News was renamed “NBC Nitely News”. Big name broadcasts are excluded from the weekly and seasonal averages. The weekly averages of ABC, CBS and NBC are therefore based on four days (Monday to Thursday).

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of June 27, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,325,000 6,192,000 4,366,000
• A25-54: 1,238,000 1,048,000 730,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current Week (without 06/27/22), Last Week (without 06/20/22) and Week a Year Ago (with or 6/28/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 03/07/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 04/07/21). 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.