‘World News Tonight’ Posts Week-to-Week Increases Across the Board, Leading NBC by 1.4 Million and CBS by 3.2 Million Viewers 

‘World News Tonight’ Delivers Its Strongest Overall Viewership in Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 in Nearly 5 Months 

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World News Tonight with David Muirfinished as the No. 1 program of the week in Total Viewers (7.899 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.183 million) on all of broadcast and cable (excluding sports) during the week of Aug. 28, 2023, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. 

“World News Tonight” ranked as the No. 1 newscast in all of broadcast and cable in Total Viewers (7.899 million), Adults 25-54 (1.183 million) and Adults 18-49 (757,000), outperforming “NBC Nightly News” (6.504 million, 1.116 million and 750,000, respectively) by 1.395 million Total Viewers, by 67,000 Adults 25-54 and by 7,000 Adults 18-49. In fact, “World News Tonight” widened its overall viewer lead over the NBC program by 8% (vs. 1.291 million). 

“World News Tonight” posted across-the-board increases versus the previous week: Total Viewers (+3%/+235,000 – 7.899 million vs. 7.664 million), Adults 25-54 (+2%/+23,000 – 1.183 million vs. 1.160 million) and Adults 18-49 (+3%/+22,000 – 757,000 vs. 735,000). “World News Tonight” delivered its strongest performance in overall viewers and in the key Adult news demo since April ― since weeks of 4/3/23 and 4/24/23, respectively. 

For the third straight week, “World News Tonight” improved year to year in Total Viewers (+6%/+450,000 – 7.899 million vs. 7.449 million). 

“World News Tonight” has won the last 248 of 249 weeks in Total Viewers and 177 of the last 179 in Adults 25-54. 

Season to date, “World News Tonight” (8.199 million) is ranking No. 1 in Total Viewers for the 7th straight year, based on Most Current Data. “World News Tonight” is leading “NBC Nightly News” (6.771 million) by 1.348 million and “CBS Evening News” (4.853 million) by 3.266 million. In addition, “World News Tonight” is increasing its lead compared to its lead at the same point last season by 5% over NBC (1.348 million vs. 1.280 million) and by 1% over CBS (3.266 million vs. 3.219 million). 

“World News Tonight” is ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 for the 4th season in a row. “World News Tonight” is leading NBC in Adults 25-54 (+178,000 – 1.293 million vs. 1.115 million) and in Adults 18-49 (+121,000 – 895,000 vs. 774,000). In addition, “World News Tonight” is leading “CBS Evening News” (757,000 and 509,000, respectively) by 536,000 Adults 25-54 and by 386,000 Adults 18-49. 

For the week, “World News Tonight” (7.899 million, 1.183 million and 757,000, respectively) defeated “CBS Evening News” (4.747 million, 756,000 and 511,000, respectively)by 3.152 million Total Viewers, by 427,000 Adults 25-54, and by 246,000 Adults 18-49. 

NOTE: On Friday (9/1/23), “World News Tonight” was retitled to “WNT-ABC,” “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening Nws,” and “NBC Nightly News” was retitled to “NBC Nitely News” due to the Labor Day weekend. The retitled telecasts are excluded from the week and season averages. ABC’s, CBS’ and NBC’s 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 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 8/28/23), Previous Week (w/o 8/21/23) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 8/29/22). Most Current Data Stream: Season 2022-2023 (9/19/22-9/3/23) and Season 2021-2022 (9/20/21-9/4/2023). Live. 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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