TV Ratings: ABC's 'World News Tonight' Overtakes 'Nightly News' for Season

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David Muir

Season-to-date, the David Muir-hosted broadcast is ahead of NBC News in the key demo for the first time in 19 years.

The evening news battle has tipped in ABC's favor. After logging multiple weekly wins in the key news demo of adults 25-54 both before and after NBC anchor Brian Williams' suspension World News Tonight has overtaken Nightly News for the season.

David Muir's first season as anchor of the ABC broadcast has now eclipsed the perennially dominant Nightly News, ever so slightly, with an average 2.113 million viewers in the group of adults 25-54. That's just a hair ahead of NBC's 2.112 million demo viewers. It's a small margin of victory, but it's the first time World News Tonight has boasted such a feat in 19 years.

The week of June 1 pushed ABC News over the edge. Following two very strong months for the show, which has gone back and forth in the demo with NBC's Lester Holt-hosted telecast, World News Tonight won the week by 162,000 adults 25-54. ABC's victory among total viewers was even bigger, with nearly 200,000 more viewers watching.

World News Tonight has been closing the gap between itself and Nightly News among total viewers, but the NBC telecast is still dominant for the season — averaging 8.910 million viewers to ABC's 8.543 million.