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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT WINS THE WEEK

Thursday’s Newscast Is the #1 Most-Watched Program on Television in A25-54 Last Week

 

Up the Most Across-the-Board Vs. Prior Year – +94% in A25-54, +110% in A18-49 and +53% in Total Viewers

 

Also Claims 5 Out of the Top 6 Shows in Key Demo for the Week

 

 

WEEK OF 3/16/20

  • NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt is the #1 most-watched newscast as it continues to cover the coronavirus pandemic – #1 in the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos, according to Nielsen Media Research. (see the below Nielsen chart)
  • Nightly’s Thursday broadcast is the #1 television program in America for the week in the key A25-54 demo. Additionally, Nightly’s full week of programs make up five out of the top six shows in the demo. (see the below Nielsen chart)
  • Nightly is up the most across the board vs. the prior year – +94% in A25-54, +110% in A18-49 and +53%.

A25-54: Nightly averages 3.262 million A25-54 viewers, ahead of ABC by +380,000 (+13%) and CBS by +1.613 (+98%)

  • Nightly has its highest A25-54 viewership since the week of July 30, 2012; best advantage over ABC in 110 weeks (since week of 2/5/2018)
  • Vs. prior year, Nightly delivers viewership increase – up +1.584 million (+94%) while ABC is up +66% and CBS is up +30%

A18-49: Nightly averages 2.380 million A18-49 viewers, ahead of ABC by +330,000 (+16%) and CBS by +1.180 million (+98%)

  • Nightly has its best advantage over ABC in 117 weeks (since week of 12/18/2017)
  • Vs. prior year, Nightly posts viewership increase – up +1.249 million (+110%) while ABC is up +77% and CBS is up +29%

Total Viewers: Nightly averages 12.006 million total viewers, leading CBS by +4.404 million (+58%)

  • Nightly has its highest total viewership since the week of January 3, 2005
  • Vs. prior year, Nightly delivers a viewership increase of +4.141 (+53%) while ABC is up +46% and CBS is up +21%

EVENING NEWSCAST RATINGS VS. PRIOR YEAR

 

 Total ViewersA25-54
03/16/2020-03/22/2020(000)vs. PY(000)vs. PY
NBC Nightly News12,006+53%3,262+94%
ABC World News Tonight12,545+46%2,882+66%
CBS Evening News7,602+21%1,649+30%
3NET32,154+42%7,793+67%

 

 

Note: NBC Nightly News, World News Tonight and CBS Evening News’ ratings are comprised of telecasts with regular titling and include overnight airings on owned stations. Nightly News’ ratings include 7:30pm airings across some owned stations whileWorld News Tonight’s ratings include 3:30pm airings in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 

TOP 25 SHOWS FOR THE WEEK, RANKED BY A25-54 and P2+ (excluding syndication)

 

P25-54
1NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/19/20203549
2MASKED SINGER, THEFOX03/18/20203323
3NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/16/20203288
4NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/18/20203239
5NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/17/20203103
5NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/20/20203103
7ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/16/20203065
8VOICENBC03/16/20203017
9ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/19/20203001
10ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/18/20202835
11ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/20/20202753
12ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/17/20202745
13SURVIVORCBS03/18/20202686
14THIS IS USNBC03/17/20202422
15GREY'S ANATOMYABC03/19/20202378
169-1-1FOX03/16/20202335
17AMERICAN IDOL-SUNABC03/22/20202331
18CONNERSABC03/17/20202261
19CHICAGO FIRENBC03/18/20202214
20CHICAGO MEDNBC03/18/20202205
21STATION 19ABC03/19/20202143
2260 MINUTESCBS03/22/20202139
23ELLENS GAME OF GAMESNBC03/17/20202108
24NEIGHBORHOODCBS03/16/20202080
25CHICAGO PDNBC03/18/20201969
P2+
1ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/16/202012872
2ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/19/202012817
3NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/19/202012754
4ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/17/202012446
5ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/18/202012383
6ABC WORLD NEWS MFABC03/20/202012181
7NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/18/202011911
8NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/20/202011904
9NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/17/202011706
10NBC NIGHTLY NEWS M-FNBC03/16/202011698
1160 MINUTESCBS03/22/202010895
12VOICENBC03/16/20209979
13CHICAGO MEDNBC03/18/20209173
14CHICAGO FIRENBC03/18/20209017
15ABC WLD NEWS-SA-ERLYABC03/21/20208644
16MASKED SINGER, THEFOX03/18/20208010
17SURVIVORCBS03/18/20207830
18CBS EVENING NEWSCBS03/16/20207771
19CBS EVENING NEWSCBS03/18/20207747
20AMERICAN IDOL-SUNABC03/22/20207692
21NBC NIGHTLY NEWS-SAT.NBC03/21/20207687
22CBS EVENING NEWSCBS03/19/20207606
23CHICAGO PDNBC03/18/20207503
24CBS EVENING NEWSCBS03/17/20207472
25NCIS: LACBS03/22/20207438