ABC, NBC share lead in news race


NEW YORK -- After ABC News' win in viewership and the adults 25-54 demographic for the February sweep, ABC and NBC split victories last week in the evening newscast race.

It was good news for "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams," which hit a rough patch in February with key ratings wins by ABC and also switched executive producers. But ABC's "World News With Charles Gibson" also could claim a victory with its win in viewership for the week and 11 consecutive weeks of growth year-over-year. Meanwhile, CBS remained far behind in third place.

"NBC Nightly News" averaged a 2.5 rating/10 share in the adults 25-54 demo compared with ABC's 2.4/9 and CBS' 2.0/7, according to data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. NBC had fallen to ABC in the adults 25-54 demo by 128,000 viewers during the February sweep.

But ABC won in viewers with 9.6 million compared with NBC's 9.4 million and CBS' 7.5 million.

Season-to-date, NBC is ahead of ABC and CBS in viewership and adults 25-54.