With 9.7 Million Viewers, ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Is Most-Watched Newscast Across the Board in Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49 Leading NBC by 1.4 Million, CBS by 3.7 Million

With 9.7 Million Viewers, ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Is Most-Watched Newscast Across the Board in Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49 Leading NBC by 1.4 Million, CBS by 3.7 Million

Nov 24, 2020

 

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

For the Week of Nov. 16, 2020

 

WITH 9.7 MILLION VIEWERS, ‘WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH DAVID MUIR’ IS MOST-WATCHED NEWSCAST ACROSS THE BOARD IN TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 25-54 AND ADULTS 18-49 LEADING NBC BY 1.4 MILLION, CBS BY 3.7 MILLION

 

‘World News Tonight’ Is the Only Evening Newscast to Grow Year to Year and Season to Date Across All Key Demos

 

ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” ranked as the evening’s No. 1 newscast in Total Viewers (9.661 million), Adults 25-54 (1.801 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.332 million) for the week of Nov. 16, 2020, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “World News Tonight” outperformed “NBC Nightly News” (8.276 million, 1.679 million and 1.181 million, respectively) by 1.385 million Total Viewers, by 122,000 Adults 25-54 and by 151,000 Adults 18-49. “World News Tonight” built on its lead year to year across the board: Total Viewers (+57% – 1.385 million vs. 882,000), Adults 25-54 (+165% – 122,000 vs. 46,000) and Adults 18-49 (+504% – 151,000 vs. 25,000).

 

“World News Tonight” ranked as the evening’s No. 1 newscast for the last 34 weeks in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. In addition, “World News Tonight” has won the last 104 weeks overall in Total Viewers (the last two complete years).

 

“World News Tonight” grew from the same week last year in TotalViewers (+864,000/+10% – 9.661 million vs. 8.797 million), Adults 25-54 (+93,000/+5% – 1.801 million vs. 1.708 million) and Adults 18-49 (+175,000/+15% – 1.332 million vs. 1.157 million).

 

Season to date, “World News Tonight” (9.217 million) ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers at this point of the season for the 5th consecutive year, based onMost Current Data. In fact, “World News Tonight” is nearly doubling its lead over “NBC Nightly News” (7.803 million) from the same point last season (+85% – 1.414 million vs. 764,000) to its largest season lead in 26 years—since the 1994-1995 season. “World News Tonight” is beating “CBS Evening News” (5.534 million) by 3.683 million, posting its biggest Total Viewer season advantage in at least 29 years (since at least the start of Nielsen electronic database in the 1991-1992 season).

 

“World News Tonight” is also No. 1 for the season in Adults 25-54 for the second straight year, leading NBC by its largest news demo margin (+217,000 – 1.809 million vs. 1.592 million) in 25 years—since the 1995-1996 season. “World News Tonight” is also leading NBC in Adults 18-49 (+157,000 – 1.267 million vs. 1.110 million) for the first time at this point of a season in 24 years—since the 1996-1997 season.

 

In addition, World News Tonight” is the only evening newscast to improve in Total Viewers (+682,000/+8% – 9.217 million vs. 8.535 million), Adults 25-54 (+142,000/+9% – 1.809 million vs. 1.667 million) and Adults 18-49 (+131,000/+12% – 1.267 million vs. 1.136 million), compared to the same point last season. In fact, “World News Tonight” isseeing its most-watched season in 17 years and strongest Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 performances in 4 years—since the 2003-2004 and the 2016-2017 seasons, respectively.

 

For the week, “World NewsTonight” (9.661 million, 1.801 million and 1.332 million, respectively) outpaced “CBS Evening News” (5.960 million, 1.109 million and 795,000, respectively) by 3.701 million Total Viewers, by 692,000 Adults 25-54 and by 537,000 Adults 18-49.

 

NOTE: On Friday (11/20/20), “CBS Evening News” retitled to “CBS Evening Nws.” The retitled telecasts are excluded from the weekly and season averages. CBS’ weekly averages are based on four days (Mon-Thurs).

 

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

 

EVENING NEWS (Week of Nov. 16, 2020):

 

TOTAL VIEWERS

ADULTS 25-54

ADULTS 18-49

HOUSEHOLDS

ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT

9,661,000

1.5/ 8; 1,801,000

1.0/8; 1,332,000

6.1/14

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS

8,276,000

1.4/ 8; 1,679,000

0.9/7; 1,181,000

5.1/12

CBS EVENING NEWS

5,960,000

0.9/ 5; 1,109,000 

0.6/5; 795,000

3.8/ 9

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 11/16/20), Previous Week (w/o 11/9/20) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 11/18/19). Most Current: 2020 -2021 Season (9/21-11/22/19) and 2019-2020 Season (9/23-11/24/19). 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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