World News Tonight Remains No. 1 As Top 3 Newscasts Lose Viewers

ABC World News tonight with David Muir an average of 7.52 million total viewers and 1.25 million adults aged 25 to 54 for the week of May 9. That’s according to Nielsen’s live plus same-day data.

With its performance last week, ABC’s evening news has now beaten rivals NBC and CBS 180 of the last 181 weeks in average viewers and 109 of the last 111 weeks in adults 25-54.

While these numbers may seem large, they’re actually not great by World News Tonight’s standards. The show lost -4% in total viewers and -7% in the adult 25-54 demo from the previous week (May 2). Additionally, WNT lost -4% in total viewers and a whopping -17% in A25-54 viewers compared to the same week in 2021 (May 10).

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

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt averaged 6.19 million viewers on NBC last week, making it the 9th most-watched program on all television (excluding sports/specials and syndie). The 6.19 million represents -4% from the previous week and -5% from the comparable week in 2021. NBC Nightly News also averaged 1.01 million adults ages 25-54 last week , which is -6% from the previous week and -17% from what the show pulled in the week a year ago.

Additionally, on YouTube, full episodes of NBC Nightly News averaged 748,000 video views and 595,000 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 727,000 adults aged 25-54 for the week of May 9. This represents -3% of the total number of viewers and -4% of adults aged 25-54 compared to the previous week. Compared to the week a year ago, Evening News shows -5% of the total number of viewers and -12% among adults aged 25-54. Not as terrible of a trend as ABC and NBC, but still not spectacular.

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of May 9, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,518,000 6,194,000 4,492,000
• A25-54: 1,249,000 1,008,000 727,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 Live + SD Current Week (without 05/09/22), Previous Week (without 05/02/22) and Week One Year Ago (with o 10 /05/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 15/05/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 16/05/21). 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.