10.3 Million Viewers Turn to ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ in Lead Up to Inauguration

And During Second Historic Impeachment

Leading in Total Viewers, Adults 25–54 and Adults 18–49 for the Week


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

For the Week of Jan. 11, 2020


‘World News Tonight’ Leads NBC by Nearly 2 Million Viewers and CBS by 4 Million Viewers, Growing Year to Year Across All Key Demos

Season to Date, ‘World News Tonight’ Has Largest Viewership in 16 Years

ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir” ranked as the evening’s No. 1 newscast in Total Viewers (10.336 million), Adults 25-54 (2.044 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.469 million) for the week of Jan. 11, 2021, drawing its largest overall audience in more than 8 months – since w/o 4/27/20, based on Live + Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. “World News Tonight” led “NBC Nightly News” (8.469 million, 1.719 million and 1.249 million, respectively) by 1.867 million Total Viewers, by 325,000 Adults 25-54 and by 220,000 Adults 18-49.

“World News Tonight” increased its Total Viewer lead over NBC week to week by 20% (1.867 million vs. 1.561 million) to its largest in 9 months – since w/o 4/13/20.

“World News Tonight” widened its margins with NBC year to year in Total Viewers (+56% – 1.867 million vs. 1.193 million), Adults 25-54 (+55% – 325,000 vs. 210,000) and Adults 18-49 (+159% – 220,000 vs. 85,000).

“World News Tonight” ranked as the evening’s No. 1 newscast for the last 42 weeks in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. In addition, “World News Tonight” has won the last 112 weeks overall in Total Viewers.

For the 3rd week in a row, “World News Tonight” increased its Total Viewer audience from the previous week (+209,000/+2% – 10.336 million vs. 10.127 million). “World News Tonight” grew year to year across the board: Total Viewers (+1.059 million/+11% – 10.336 million vs. 9.277 million), Adults 25-54 (+179,000/+10% – 2.044 million vs. 1.865 million) and Adults 18-49 (+213,000/+17% – 1.469 million vs. 1.256 million).

Season to date, “World News Tonight” (9.467 million) ranks No. 1 in Total Viewers at this point of the season for the 5th consecutive year, based on Most Current Data. In fact, “World News Tonight” is nearly doubling its lead over “NBC Nightly News” (7.984 million) from the same point last season (+91% – 1.483 million vs. 777,000) to its largest season lead in 26 years—since the 1994-1995 season. “World News Tonight” is beating “CBS Evening News” (5.791 million) by 3.676 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).

After winning the 2019-2020 season, “World News Tonight” is ranking No. 1 in Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 for the 2nd season in a row. “World News Tonight” is leading NBC by its largest news demo margin (+238,000 – 1.854 million vs. 1.616 million) in 25 years—since the 1995-1996 season. “World News Tonight” is beating NBC in Adults 18-49 (+177,000 – 1.309 million vs. 1.132 million) for the first time at this point of a season in 25 years with its largest lead in 26 years—since the 1995-1996 and the 1994-1995 seasons, respectively.

“World News Tonight” also leads “CBS Evening News” by its biggest advantage in 18 years in Adults 25-54 (+771,000 – 1.854 million vs. 1.083 million) and in Adults 18-49 (+523,000 – 1.309 million vs. 786,000) – since the 2002-2003 season.

In addition, “World News Tonight” is improving in Total Viewers (+725,000/+8% – 9.467 million vs. 8.742 million), Adults 25-54 (+145,000/+8% – 1.854 million vs. 1.709 million) and Adults 18-49 (+142,000/+12% – 1.309 million vs. 1.167 million), compared to the same point last season. In fact, “World News Tonight” is seeing its most-watched season in 16 years and strongest Adults 25-54 performance in 3 years—since the 2004-2005 and the 2017-2018 seasons, respectively.

For the week, “World News Tonight” (10.336 million, 2.044 million and 1.469 million, respectively) beat “CBS Evening News” (6.260 million, 1.201 million and 843,000, respectively) by 4.076 million Total Viewers, by 843,000 Adults 25-54 and by 626,000 Adults 18-49. “World News Tonight” scored its largest overall viewer lead in nearly 9 months – since w/o 4/20/20.

NOTE: On Thursday (1/14/21), “CBS Evening News” was retitled to “CBS Evening NWS” due to a CBS News special report. The telecast is excluded from the weekly and season averages. CBS’ weekly averages are based on four days (Monday-Wednesday and Friday).

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.

Source: The Nielsen Company, NTI Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 Live + SD Current Week (w/o 1/11/21), Previous Week (w/o 1/4/20) and Year-Ago Week (w/o 1/13/20). Most Current: 2020 -2021 Season (9/21/20-1/17/21) and 2019-2020 Season (9/23/13-1/19/20). 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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January 21, 2021 11:18am ET by ABC Publicity  


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