NBC Nightly News Holds Top Spot for Week of April 17th 2017


NBC Nightly News remained top of the evening news ratings for the week of April 17th 2017.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt ranked top across the board for the week of April 17, averaging 7.85 million total viewers, leading ABC World News Tonight by +66,000 viewers (+1%) and CBS Evening News by +1.5 million viewers (+25%).

Nightly News posted the biggest audience increase from the previous week (+4% or +284,000 viewers) and won four of the five evenings in total viewers.

In the A25-54 demo, Nightly News averaged 1.8 million viewers, leading ABC by 144,000 viewers (+9%) and CBS by +353,000 viewers (+25%). The NBC News broadcast holds its largest demo leads over ABC and CBS in three seasons. Compared to last season, Nightly News’ demo lead over ABC is up +14%, while its advantage over CBS is up +12%.

Among A18-49, Nightly News averaged 1.3 million viewers, topping ABC by +175,000 (+16%) and CBS by +301,000 (+31%). Nightly News’ A18-49 lead over ABC hit a four-week high, improving by +30% compared to the same week last season. The NBC News broadcast has ranked #1 in A25-54 and A18-49 for 90 of the last 91 weeks.

Season to date, Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast across the board.

Weekly Highlights:

  • Nightly News ranked #1 across the board, averaging 7.85 million total viewers, leading “ABC World News Tonight” by +66,000 viewers (+1%) and “CBS Evening News” by +1.5 million viewers (+25%).
  • Nightly News averaged 1.8 million A25-54 viewers, outperforming ABC by +144,000 (+9%) and CBS by +353,000 (+25%).
  • Nightly News averaged 1.3 million A18-49 viewers, topping ABC by +175,000 (+16%) and CBS by +301,000 (+31%).
  • Nightly News’ A18-49 lead over ABC hit a four-week high, improving by +9% from the previous week and +30% compared to the same week last season.
  • Nightly News has ranked #1 in A25-54 and A18-49 for 90 of the past 91 weeks.

Season Highlights:

  • Nightly News is the #1 evening newscast across the board.
  • Nightly News holds its largest A25-54 advantages over ABC and CBS in three seasons.
  • Compared to last season, Nightly News’ demo lead over ABC is up +14%, while its advantage over CBS is up +12%.

Week of April 17 – April 21, 2017:

  Total Viewers A25-54 Rating A25-54 Viewers A18-49 Rating A18-49 Viewers
NBC 7.846 1.46 1.754 1.00 1.287
CBS 6.299 1.17 1.401 0.77 0.986
ABC 7.780 1.34 1.610 0.87 1.112