Diane Sawyer is going out on top — or at least tied for No. 1 in the key demographic.
Last week — which is expected to be her last full week of ABC’s “World News” — Sawyer led in the 25-54 demo most important to news shows, tying NBC’s “Nightly News.” “Nightly News” won in total viewers and the 18-49 demo. CBS’s “Evening News” was third in all three metrics.
Sawyer will pass on the anchor desk to David Muir on Tuesday.
The ABC and NBC nightly newscasts both earned a 1.6 rating and 7 share in the 25-54 demo. ABC edged out NBC in viewers in that group, 1.918 million to 1.86 million. CBS had a 1.4 and 1.635 million in the 25-54 demo.
In total viewers, NBC led with 8.021 million to ABC’s 7.325 million and CBS’s 6.532 million.
In the 18-49 demo, NBC won with a 1.1 rating (1.385 million viewers) to ABC’s 1.0 (1.31 million) and CBS’s .9 (1.147 million).
Sawyer has also led in the demo for 7 of past 8 weeks, and 13 of last 20, and led “World News” to demo wins for the 2nd quarter of the year.
NBC also has bragging points, however: “Nightly News” is the top evening newscast in total viewers and the 18-49 and 25-54 demos when you count back to the start of the 2013-14 season. It is also posting its biggest average total viewer audience (8.877 million) since the 2005-06 season and its largest lead over ABC since the 2011-12 season — averaging 950,000 more total viewers.