CBS' 'Evening News' Ratings Stay Flat After Katie Couric Leaves

Scott Pelley
Scott Pelley
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Scott Pelley took the anchor seat at the CBS Evening News with little fanfare – especially compared to the hoopla that greeted his predecessor’s debut. And that understated approach is perhaps reflected in the broadcast’s first-week ratings.

Pelley averaged 5.7 million viewers last week, matching Katie Couric’s final month at the CBS Evening News.

But compared to the same week last year, Pelley's broadcast was up 6 percent in total viewers and flat in the 25-54 demographic, averaging 1.3 million.

He was also up week-to-week in total viewers (4 percent) and the demo (8 percent) when interim anchor Harry Smith was filling in.

Pelley’s first broadcast June 6 garnered 6.1 million viewers, the high point during a slow news week.

ABC’s World News – which was impacted by NBA finals on Tuesday and Thursday – averaged 7 million viewers with 1.5 million in the demo; Diane Sawyer anchored the broadcast from Afghanistan on Monday.

NBC’s Nightly News won the week with 8.2 million viewers and 1.9 million in the demo; Brian Williams was off Tuesday through Friday and the broadcast was impacted by NHL Stanley Cup finals on Friday.

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