ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Maintains Ratings Dominance with New Anchor David Muir

“NBC Nightly News” takes first in total viewers for the week

David Muir

Recently installed “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is doing well by ABC.

The newscast once again won the key news demo during Muir’s second week in the anchor’s seat, marking the 10th week out of the past 11 that “World News” topped its competition in the demo.

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During the week of Sept. 8, ABC’s “World News” averaged 2.136 million viewers in the key 25-54 news demo, inching up 5 percent over the previous week.

In comparison, “NBC Nightly News” averaged 2.013 million demo viewers for the week, while “CBS Evening News” had 1.607 million viewers in the demo.

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In total viewers, however, “NBC Nightly News” took the crown for the week, averaging 8.554 million total viewers compared to 8.326 million for “World News.” “CBS Evening News” was third in total viewers with 6.276 million. (A caveat on CBS’s numbers: they’re based on a three-day average, since the newscast didn’t air on Monday, Sept. 8 due to the U.S. Open, and was affected by NFL coverage on Thursday, Sept. 11.)

Season to date, “World News” is up 4 percent in total viewers and five percent in the demo compared to the same point last season.