World News Tonight stays on top for 15th straight week

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For the 15th consecutive week, excluding sports, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir remains the No. 1 television program by total number of viewers.

According to live and same-day data from Nielsen, for the week of July 18, World News Tonight had 7.32 million total viewers and 1.18 million adult viewers aged 25-54. World News Tonight’s hot streak, as the first show on rivals NBC and CBS, now continues for 190 of the last 191 weeks in average viewers and 119 of the last 121 weeks in the adult 25-54 demo .

Compared to last week, World News Tonight grew 2% in total viewers but fell 6% in the adult 25-54 demo. Year-over-year losses continue for the newscast, as it fell 5% in total viewers and 17% among adults 25-54. the comparable week in 2021 (July 19).

NBC News nightly news with Lester Holt remains No. 2 in U.S. television broadcasting, excluding sports, specials, and syndication. The news program for the week of July 18 attracted 6.131 million total viewers and 904,000 adult viewers aged 25 to 54.

Nightly News held up well compared to last week, losing less than 1% of total viewers. The decline, however, was more significant among adults 25-54, as it lost 6% viewers compared to last week. Looking back on the comparable week in 2021, Nightly News is holding steady in total viewership as it lost 1% of its viewers, but in the 25-54 demo the show dropped 14% in viewership.

The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell still trails the other two shows as it averaged 4,588 total viewers and 750,000 adult viewers 25-54 for the week of July 18. This show was up 4% in total viewers from last week, but fell 2% among adults 25-54. demo. Evening News lost 2% of total viewers and 12% among adults aged 25-54 compared to the comparable week in 2021.

Nielsen live plus same-day averages for the week of July 18, 2022:

ABC NBC SCS
• Total number of viewers: 7,317,000 6,131,000 4,588,000
• A25-54: 1,176,000 904,000 750,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (without 07/18/22), Previous Week (without 07/11/22) and Year – It a week ago (without 07/19/21). The most recent: season 2021-2022 (20/09/21 – 24/07/22) and season 2020-2021 (21/09/20 – 25/07/21). 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.