Press Release

September 21, 2021

‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Wins the 2020–2021 Season in All Key Demos – #1 in Total Viewers, #1 in Adults 25–54, #1 in Adults 18–49 – Marking 5th Straight Year As Most-Watched Newscast in America Across Broadcast and Cable

** Ratings Report for ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” For the 2020-21 season, 3rd Quarter 2021 and the week of Sept. 13, 2021

‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Wins the 2020–2021 Season in All Key Demos – #1 in Total Viewers, #1 in Adults 25–54, #1 in Adults 18–49 – Marking 5th Straight Year As Most-Watched Newscast in America Across Broadcast and Cable

For 20 Weeks, ‘World News Tonight’ Ranked as the #1 Program on All of Television – More Weeks at #1 Than Any Other Program on Broadcast or Cable

‘World News Tonight’ Outdelivers NBC by Largest Margin in 26 Years, by 1.4 Million Total Viewers and Leads CBS by 3.3 Million Total Viewers


ABC News*

2020-2021 Season:


“World News Tonight” ranked as the No. 1 evening newscast for the 2020-21 season in all key target demos, Total Viewers (8.738 million), Adults 25-54 (1.685 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.172 million), for the 2nd year in a row, based on Most Current Data from Nielsen Media Research. In addition, “World News Tonight” stood as the most-watched evening newscast for the 5th straight season – since the 2016-17 season. “World News Tonight” ranked as the No. 1 program of the week on broadcast and cable television (excluding sports and syndication) in Total Viewers on 20 of the 52 weeks of the season, more weeks at No. 1 than any other program this season.


“World News Tonight” won all 52 weeks of the 2020-21 season in Total Viewers, winning every week of the season for the 2nd straight year. Overall, the ABC evening newscast has taken the top spot for the last 147 weeks. Additionally, “World News Tonight” won 50 of 52 weeks in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, finishing behind “NBC Nightly News” only during the two weeks of the 2020 Summer Olympics. In fact, “World News Tonight” turned in its most number of weekly wins during a season in both key Adults demos in 26 years – since the 1994-95 season.


Further, for the 2nd season in a row, “World News Tonight” won every night of the week, beating “NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” in all head-to-head telecasts in Total Viewers – based on regular titled telecasts.


“World News Tonight” (8.738 million) increased its lead over “NBC Nightly News” (7.322 million) from the previous season (+27% – 1.416 million vs. 1.116 million) for the 4th consecutive year to its largest season lead in 26 years – since the 1994-1995 season. “World News Tonight” beat “CBS Evening News” (5.397 million) by 3.341 million.


“World News Tonight” also led NBC by its largest margin in Adults 25-54 (+271,000 – 1.685 million vs. 1.414 million) in 25 years and in Adults 18-49 (+190,000 – 1.172 million vs. 982,000) in 26 years — since the 1995-1996 and the 1994-1995 seasons, respectively.


3rd Quarter 2021:


ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” won the 3rd Quarter 2021 in Total Viewers (7.896 million), Adults 25-54 (1.477 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.014 million), based on Most Current Data from Nielsen Media Research. “World News Tonight” led the 3rd quarter across the board for the 2nd year in a row. In addition, took the top spot in Total Viewers for the 18th consecutive quarter and for the 7th quarter running in Adults 25-54 – since 2Q17 and 1Q20, respectively.


“World News Tonight” outdelivered “NBC Nightly News” (6.622 million, 1.225 million and 852,000, respectively) by 1.274 million Total Viewers, by 252,000 Adults 25-54 and by 162,000 Adults 18-49. “World News Tonight” increased its lead over NBC from the year-ago quarter in Adults 25-54 (+34% – 252,000 vs. 188,000) and Adults 18-49 (+56% – 162,000 vs. 104,000) to its largest 3rd quarter lead in 26 years – since 3Q95.


For the 3rd quarter, “World News Tonight” (7.896 million, 1.477 million and 1.014 million, respectively) outperformed the “CBS Evening News” (4.851 million, 879,000 and 625,000, respectively) by 3.045 million Total Viewers, by 598,000 Adults 25-54 and by 389,000 Adults 18-49.


Week of Sept. 13, 2021:


“World News Tonight with David Muir” ranked as the No. 1 evening newscast across all of broadcast and cable in Total Viewers (7.883 million), Adults 25-54 (1.453 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.002 million) for the week of Sept. 13, 2021, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “World News Tonight” led “NBC Nightly News” (6.556 million, 1.206 million and 819,000, respectively) by 1.327 million Total Viewers, by 247,000 Adults 25-54 and by 183,000 Adults 18-49. “World News Tonight” has won the last 147 weeks in Total Viewers.


“World News Tonight” ranked as the No. 1 program of the week in Total Viewers (7.883 million) on all of television (excluding sports and syndication). 


“World News Tonight” improved week to week in Total Viewers (+2%/+118,000 – 7.765 million vs. 7.765 million), Adults 25-54 (+2%/+23,000 – 1.453 million vs. 1.430 million) and Adults 18-49 (+7%/+68,000 – 1.002 million vs. 934,000).


“World News Tonight” widened its lead over NBC week-to-week in Total Viewers (+2% – 1.327 million vs. 1.297) and Adults 18-49 (+73% – 183,000 vs. 106,000).


“World News Tonight” increased its year-to-year margins over NBC in Adults 25-54 (+27% – 247,000 vs. 195,000) and Adults 18-49 (+106% – 183,000 vs. 89,000).


For the week, “World News Tonight” (7.883 million, 1.453 million and 1,002 million, respectively) beat “CBS Evening News” (4.848 million, 886,000 and 596,000, respectively) by 3.035 million Total Viewers, by 567,000 Adults 25-54 and by 406,000 Adults 18-49.


NOTE: On Friday (9/17/21), “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening Nws.” The retitled telecast is excluded from the weekly and season averages. CBS’ averages are based on four days (Monday-Thursday).


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


EVENING NEWS (2020-21 Season):
EVENING NEWS (3rd Quarter, 2021):
EVENING NEWS (Week of Sept. 13, 2021):


Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 9/13/21), Previous Week (w/o 9/6/21) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 9/14/20). Most Current: 2020 -2021 Season (9/21/20-9/19/21) and 2019-2020 Season (9/23/13-9/20/20). Most Current – 3Q20: 6/28 – 9/19/21. 2Q20: 3/29 – 6/27/21. 3Q20: 6/29 – 9/20/20. 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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