World News Tonight remains No. 1 as newscasts lose viewers from comparable neighborhoods

The Uvalde, Texas school shooting, Jan. 6 televised committee hearings, and the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade were among top stories in the second quarter of 2022, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir was the highest-rated newscast for daily coverage of these and other stories.

According to Nielsen live and same-day data, World News Tonight averaged 7.9 million total viewers and 1.41 million adults aged 25-54 in the second quarter of this year. This means that ABC’s Evening News has averaged the largest total audience of any evening newscast for 21 consecutive quarters – since Q2 2017 and for the 10th consecutive quarter among adults 25-54. years – since the second quarter of 2020.

That’s basically where the positives end. World News Tonight lost -11% in total viewership and -15% in adults 25-54 compared to the previous quarter (Q1 22), which featured continued coverage of the war in Ukraine. Unless there is an earthquake event, Q2 ratings are traditionally down from Q1 ratings, and this trend has held true in 2022. World News Tonight also lost less than -1% of the total number of viewers and -6% among adults aged 25 to 54 of the year. there is a quarter (Q2 2021), as well as -2% in total viewers and -15% in adults 25-54 from Q2 2018.

Viewing of linear television news among Americans under 50 continues to decline each year, so the significant drop in ratings we’re seeing from 2018 isn’t particularly shocking.

On NBC, Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 6.5 million total viewers and 1.08 million from key demo A25-54 through Q2 22. That’s more than CBS but less than ABC. Nightly News lost a larger percentage of its first-quarter viewership than its competitors, with a -17% drop in total viewers and -22% among adults 25-54. Nightly also fell -1% in total viewers and -11% in adults 25-54 from Q2 2021, as well as -14% in total viewers and -35% in adults. 25 to 54 years old compared to Q2 2018.

Unlike ABC and CBS’ evening newscasts, NBC’s flagship newscast airs full episodes on YouTube and is able to collect extra eyeballs that way (eyeballs that aren’t measured by Nielsen). On YouTube, full episodes of Nightly averaged 745,000 video views and 584,000 video viewers in Q2 2022. That’s according to data from Adobe Analytics and partner portals, and YouTube Analytics Portal.

On CBS, the Norah O’Donnell-fronted CBS Evening News averaged 4.68 million viewers and 773,000 adults ages 25-54 in the second quarter. This represents a drop of -14% in total viewers and -16% among adults aged 25-54 compared to the first quarter of this year. The newscast lost -5% in total viewers and -8% among adults 25-54 compared to the prior year quarter, as well as -18% in total viewers and -34% among adults 25 to 54 compared to four years ago, when the Newscast was anchored by Jeff Glor.

The top three evening newscasts averaged 19.07 million total viewers in Q2 2022, a change of -14% from Q1 2022, a decline of -2% from Q2 2021 and a decline of -11% compared to the same quarter four years ago (Q2 2018).

Q2 2022 averages:

Network ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,896,000 6,495,000 4,681,000
• A25-54: 1,408,000 1,077,000 773,000

What about the grades for the last week of term, which started on June 20?

According to Nielsen live and same-day data, World News Tonight with David Muir averaged 7.23 million total viewers and 1.30 million adults 25-54, making it again the most-watched program (by total number of viewers) on American television, excluding sports, specials and syndicated programs. Additionally, ABC’s evening news has now beaten competitors NBC and CBS 186 of the last 187 weeks in average total viewership and 115 of the last 117 weeks in adults 25-54.

However, there is a caveat: World News Tonight’s ratings averages for the week of June 20 are based on a single day (Tuesday) due to another very sporty week for ABC. World News Tonight was renamed “WNT-ABC” on Monday (6/20/22), Wednesday (6/22/22) and Friday (6/24/22) due to the Stanley Cup Final, and Thursday (6/23/22) due to the NBA Draft.

How did the newsletter perform compared to comparable weeks? World News Tonight lost -6% in total viewership, but gained less than +1% in the adult 25-54 demo from the previous week. WNT lost -7% in total viewers and -11% among adults 25-54 compared to the same week in 2021 (June 21).

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 6.1 million total viewers on NBC last week, down -5% from the previous week and down -4% from the comparable week in 2021. NBC Nightly News also averaged 963,000 adults ages 25-54. last week, down -6% from the previous week and down -19% from the comparable week of 2021.

Additionally, on YouTube, full episodes of NBC Nightly News reached 607,000 views and 435,000 viewers. This is according to data from Adobe Analytics and partner portals; YouTube analytics portal.

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged 4.54 million total viewers and 744,000 adults aged 25-54 for the week of June 20. That’s -3% when it comes to total viewers, and a gain of less than +1% among adults aged 25. 54 of the previous week. Compared to the week a year ago, Evening News lost -4% in total viewers and -6% among adults aged 25-54.

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of June 20, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,231,000 6,098,000 4,541,000
• A25-54: 1,303,000 963,000 744,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current Week (without 06/20/22), Last Week (without 06/13/22) and Week One Year Ago (with or 6/21/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 26/06/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 27/06/21). Live + 7/most current – 2T22: 03/28 – 06/26/22, – 2T21: 03/29 – 06/27/21 and 1T22: 12/27/21 – 03/27/22. 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.