ABC World News Tonight Is Most-Watched Show on U.S. TV


Week of June 29 Evening News Ratings:  ABC is Top Newscast for 14 Straight Weeks

By A.J. Katz  for TVWeek/    


ABC World News Tonight with David Muir finished the week of June 29, which preceded the July 4 holiday, not only as the No. 1 evening newscast among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 for the 14th consecutive week, but also as the most-watched show on U.S. television for the 5th consecutive week. World News Tonight averaged 8.98 million Total Viewers and 1.66 million A25-54 viewers for the week.

Overall, World News Tonight is having its most-watched season in 17 years and strongest key Adults 25-54 performances in five years—since the 2003-04 and the 2015-16 seasons, respectively.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt finished in second place behind WNT in the key measurements; however, the broadcast averaged 7.74 million viewers, +3% from the previous week, to go with 1.57 million Adults 25-54, +2%.

According to live-plus-same-day data from Nielsen, Nightly was the fourth-most-watched program on U.S. television last week and remained No.3 among A25-54 viewers (excluding syndication).

First-run broadcasts of The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell averaged 5.4 million total viewers and 988,000 A25-54 viewers this past week. Including the 4 a.m. rerun, Evening News delivered nearly 6 million total and 1.16 million Adults 25-54.



  1. Let’s face it, none of us would agree on the fairness of any given media outlet, we all see certain
    of them with glaring bias .

    It is only my opinion and I am certainly not a member of the media and I am also not a MENSA Member like PM Justin or “Broadcast Babe” but I feel pout of the ABC, CBS, CBC, NBC, MSNBC, Global, BBC, WAPO, NYT, and the rest David Muir seems to make an effort to report the news without any hard line bias .

    Of course that does not go for Karl or say Raddatz but just the same ABC World News with David Muir is more or less watchable .

    Yes, I know it is not perfect but it does give a quick glimpse into what might be taking place any given day, most of you are intelligent enough to separate the BS from the facts .

    BTW – John Karl is despicable but I can ignore that .

    Donald Trump could walk across the Potomac from one side to the other without getting his shoe laces wet and the John Karl/Raddatz Headline would read something like this .

    “TRUMP CAN’T SWIM” !!!!!!!


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