ABC’s ‘World News Tonight With David Muir’ Wins First November Ratings Sweep in 18 Years

David Muir ekes out a victory in key demo while “NBC Nightly News” is most-watched

The “World News Tonight” crew was surely partying like it’s 1996 on Wednesday morning.

ABC’s “World News Tonight With David Muir” took top honors during this year’s November sweep, marking the first time it’s done so in 18 years.

It was, however, a nail-biter of a race.

In the key 25-54 news demo, “World News Tonight” landed a 1.9 rating/7 share, which was identical to the rating received by “NBC Nightly News.” However, ABC’s newscast eked out a skin-of-their-teeth victory in demo viewers, notching 2.286 million viewers in the demo compared to 2.259 million for NBC’s “Nightly News.”

In total viewers, “NBC Nightly News” reigned, averaging 9.548 million during the sweep period, compared to 8.983 million for “World News Tonight.”

“CBS Evening News” drew third place in both the demo and total viewers, landing a 1.5/6 in the demo and 7.369 million total viewers.

“World News Tonight” was up 11 percent in the demo and 9 percent in total viewers from last year’s November sweep.