“World News Tonight with David Muir” finished as the No. 1 evening newscast in total viewers for the week of May 16, beating NBC’s “Nightly News with Lester Holt” over a given week for the first time in three months.
“David and the team remain focused on the viewers and the reporting every single night. We are humbled to be part of the tightest race in nearly a decade,” executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic told TheWrap.
The last time “World News Tonight” finished a week tops in total viewers was that of Feb. 1. “WNT” averaged 7.93 million viewers last week, compared to 7.83 million for “Nightly News.” CBS’ “Evening News with Scott Pelley” finished third, averaging 6.71 million viewers.
NBC might have lost the total-viewer crown for the first time in 14 weeks, but it remains the most watched evening newscast among the key demographic of adults age 25-54.
Season to date, “WNT” is now delivering its largest overall viewership in nine years.