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December 7, 2021

‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Is the No. 1 Newscast on All Broadcast and Cable Across All Key Demos – Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49

‘World News Tonight’ Leads NBC by 998,000 and CBS by 3.1 Million Total Viewers

‘World News Tonight’ Sees Gains in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 For Second Consecutive Week, Posting Best Numbers in Both Demos in Three Months

‘World News Tonight’ Increases Its Advantage in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 With NBC Compared to Same Week Last Year

‘World News Tonight’ Is Ranking No. 1 in Total Viewers for the Sixth Consecutive Season and in Both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 for the Third Season in a Row


ABC News*

World News Tonight with David Muirranked as the No. 1 evening newscast in all of broadcast and cable in Total Viewers (8.361 million), Adults 25-54 (1.594 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.114 million) during the week of Nov. 29, 2021, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research.

“World News Tonight” led “NBC Nightly News” (7.363 million, 1.273 million and 864,000, respectively) by 998,000 Total Viewers, by 321,000 Adults 25-54 and by 250,000 Adults 18-49.  In fact, “World News Tonight” delivered its largest Adults 25-54 margin since August and strongest Adults 18-49 advantage since July – since weeks of 8/16/21 and 7/19/21, respectively.

For the 2nd week in a row, “World News Tonight” posted increases over the previous week Adults 25-54 (+8%/+112,000 – 1.594 million vs. 1.482 million) and Adults 18-49 (+7%/+68,000 – 1.114 million vs. 1.046 million), turning in its best numbers in both key Adult demos in 3 months – since w/o 8/30/21.

World News Tonightwas the No. 2 program of the week in Total Viewers (8.361 million) on all of television (excluding sports and syndication).

“World News Tonight” has won the last 157 of 158 weeks in Total Viewers and 86 of the last 88 weeks in Adults 25-54.

“World News Tonight” increased its advantage on the same week last year with NBC in Adults 25-54 (+23% – 321,000 vs. 260,000) and Adults 18-49 (+17% – 250,000 vs. 214.000).

Season to date, “World News Tonight” (8.146 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” (7.034 million) by 1.112 million and “CBS Evening News” (5.056 million) by 3.090 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 (+215,000 – 1.470 million vs. 1.255 million) and Adults 18-49 (+114,000 – 993,000 vs. 879,000).   

For the week, “World News Tonight” (8.361 million, 1.594 million and 1.114 million, respectively) beat “CBS Evening News” (5.229 million, 875,000 and 615,000, respectively) by 3.132 million Total Viewers, by 719,000 Adults 25-54 and by 499,000 Adults 18-49.

NOTE: On Friday (Dec. 3), “World News Tonight” was retitled to “WNT-ABC” due to the “Pac-12 Championship Game.” The retitled telecast is excluded from the weekly and season averages.  ABC’s weekly averages are based on four days (Monday-Thursday).

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. 29, 2021):

              TOTAL VIEWERS    ADULTS 25-54     ADULTS 18-49      HOUSEHOLDS

ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT   8,361,000                     1.3/ 9; 1,594,000     0.9/8; 1,114,000        5.2/13

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS                      7,363,000                     1.0/ 8; 1,273,000     0.7/6; 864,000           4.6/12

CBS EVENING NEWS                       5,229,000                     0.7/ 5; 875,000        0.5/5; 615,000           3.3/ 9

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 11/29/21), Previous Week (w/o 11/22/21) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 11/30/20). Most Current: 2021-2022 Season (9/20 – 12/5/21) and 2020-2021 Season (9/21 – 12/6/20).  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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