ABC’s World Information Tonight with David Muir once more completed the season on prime in complete viewers and the important thing demographic, however all of the community night newscasts noticed their viewership drop in 2020-21 versus a 12 months earlier.
The newscast averaged 8.74 million complete viewers, down 7% from 9.39 million a season earlier. NBC Nightly Information with Lester Holt averaged 7.32 million, down 11% from 8.27 million; and CBS Night Information with Norah O’Donnell posted 5.4 million, down 8% from 5.86 million.
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Within the 25-54 demographic, World Information Tonight averaged 1.69 million, off by 10% in comparison with 1.88 million a season earlier. NBC Nightly Information averaged 1.41 million, down 21% from 1.78 million. CBS Night Information averaged 984,000, down 11% from 1.10 million.
Within the 18-49 demo, World Information Tonight averaged 1.17 million, off 8% from 1.27 million within the earlier season. NBC averaged 982,000, down 20% from 1.23 million, and CBS posted 701,000, down 10% from 780,000.
Information executives have largely attributed the erosion to the tip of a momentous election 12 months and to the spectacle of Donald Trump’s administration. The night newscasts particularly noticed a viewership spike within the preliminary months following the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, 2020. Though that has waned since then, ABC Information famous that World Information Tonight nonetheless ranked as the highest program in complete viewers in all of broadcast and cable TV for 20 of the 52 weeks this season (excluding sports activities and syndication), whereas NBC Nightly Information and CBS Night Information even have been among the many prime exhibits on their networks at varied factors all year long.
The figures are from Nielsen and have been launched by ABC Information. They’re Dwell+identical day.
Within the third quarter of 12 months, World Information Tonight averaged 7.9 million complete viewers, in comparison with NBC Nightly Information with 6.62 million and CBS Night Information with 4.85 million. Within the 25-54 demo, ABC posted 1.48 million, in comparison with NBC with 1.23 million and CBS with 879,000.
World Information Tonight has gained complete viewers for the previous 5 seasons and all the important thing demos for the final two. Its rivals additionally highlighted their very own feats: NBC mentioned that Nightly Information was the fourth most watched present amongst complete viewers within the third quarter, excluding sports activities, syndication and specials. CBS mentioned that it closed the hole within the 25-54 demo by 26% with NBC and by 10% with ABC.
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