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June 28, 2022

For 21st Consecutive Quarter, ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Is the Most-Watched Newscast in America – Winning 2nd Quarter Across All Key Demos – Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49

**Ratings Report for ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir”

For the second quarter of 2022 and the week of June 20, 2022


For 21st Consecutive Quarter, ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Is the Most-Watched Newscast in America – Winning 2nd Quarter Across All Key Demos – Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49


‘World News Tonight’ Outdelivers ‘NBC’ in 2nd Quarter With Largest Margin in Both Adult Demos in 27 Years


‘World News Tonight’ Is Most-Watched Program in All of Television for 11th Straight Week


‘World News Tonight’ Is Ranking No. 1 in Total Viewers for 6th Consecutive Season, Leading ‘NBC’ by 1.3 Million and ‘CBS’ by 3.3 Million Viewers


*ABC News

 2nd Quarter of 2022
ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” won the 2nd Quarter 2022, standing as the No. 1 newscast across broadcast and cable in Total Viewers (7.896 million), Adults 25-54 (1.408 million) and Adults 18-49 (960,000), based on Most Current Data from Nielsen Media Research.


“World News Tonight” posted an across-the-board win for the third year in a row during the 2nd quarter – since 2Q20.  Overall, “World News Tonight” has won the last 21 quarters in Total Viewers and the last 10 quarters in Adults 25-54 – since 2Q17 and 1Q20, respectively.

“World News Tonight” outdelivered “NBC Nightly News” (6.495 million, 1.077 million and 754,000, respectively) during 2Q22 by 1.401 million Total Viewers by 331,000 Adults 25-54 and by 206,000 Adults 18-49, delivering its largest 2nd quarter margins in both key Adults demos in 27 years – since 2Q95.


“World News Tonight” outperformed the “CBS Evening News” (4.681 million, 773,000 and 537,000) in Total Viewers (3.215 million), Adults 25-54 (+635,000) and Adults 18-49 (+423,000).

Week of June 20, 2022

World News Tonight with David Muir” stood as the No. 1 program of the week in Total Viewers (7.231 million) on all of television during the week of June 20, 2022, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “World News Tonight” has ranked as the week’s No. 1 program for the 11th straight week (excluding sports).

“World News Tonight” was the No. 1 evening newscast in all of broadcast and cable in Total Viewers (7.231 million), Adults 25-54 (1.303 million) and Adults 18-49 (869,000), beating “NBC Nightly News” (6.098 million, 963,000 and 663,000, respectively) by 1.133 million Total Viewers, by 340,000 Adults 25-54 and by 206,000 Adults 18-49.

“World News Tonight” has won the last 186 of 187 weeks in Total Viewers and 115 of the last 117 weeks in Adults 25-54.


“World News Tonight” widened its week-to-week margins over NBC in Adults 25-54 (+22% – 340,000 vs. 278,000) and Adults 18-49 (+7% – 206,000 vs. 192,000).

“World News Tonight” increased its lead over NBC on the same week last year in Adults 25-54 (+22% – 340,000 vs. 278,000) and Adults 18-49 (+13% – 206,000 vs. 182,000).

“World News Tonight” was up over the previous week in Adults 25-54 (+2,000 – 1.303 million vs. 1.301 million), standing as the only evening news to grow week to week.


Season to date, “World News Tonight” (8.376 million) is ranking No. 1 in Total Viewers for the 6th consecutive year, based on Most Current Data. “World News Tonight” is leading “NBC Nightly News” (7.054 million) by 1.322 million and “CBS Evening News” (6.064 million) by 3.312 million.

“World News Tonight” is ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 for the 3rd season in a row. “World News Tonight” is surpassing NBC in both Adults 25-54 (+282,000 – 1.533 million vs. 1.251 million) and Adults 18-49 (+166,000 – 1.048 million vs. 882,000).


For the week, “World News Tonight” (7.231 million, 1.303 million and 869,000, respectively) defeated “CBS Evening News” (4.541 million, 744,000 and 509,000, respectively) by 2.690 Total Viewers, by 559,000 Adults 25-54 and by 360,000 Adults 18-49.

NOTE: “World News Tonight” was retitled to “WNT-ABC” on Monday (6/20/22), Wednesday (6/22/22) and Friday (6/24/22) due to the Stanley Cup Finals, and on Thursday (6/23/22) due to the NBA draft.  ABC’s weekly averages are based on one day (Tuesday).

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” airs 6:30-7:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. Almin Karamehmedovic is the senior executive producer of the broadcast.

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 6/20/22), Previous Week (w/o 6/13/22) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 6/21/21). Most Current: 2021-2022 Season (9/20/21 – 6/26/22) and 2020-2021 Season (9/21/20 – 6/27/21). Live+7/Most Current – 2Q22: 3/28 – 6/26/22, – 2Q21: 3/29 – 6/27/21 and 1Q22: 12/27/21 – 3/27/22.  Nielsen ratings for ABC, NBC and CBS include additional airings in select markets. Beginning 8/31/20, national ratings also include Out of Home (OOH) viewing. Averages based on regular telecasts.

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